Ellensburg United Methodist Church Ministry of Weddings
Ellensburg United Methodist Church recognizes and honors opportunities to be in ministry with couples who decide to marry. When two people come together in life and spirit and develop a primary, committed relationship, the church is often asked to celebrate and bless the wedding of their lives and spirits.
A wedding is a religious celebration wherein two persons ask for God’s blessing; declare and affirm their faith, love and commitment before God and their community; commit their common journey into the hands of God; reconcile themselves with God and with each other; and join their lives to the fullest of their capacity.
We offer our space and ministerial service to couples who seek to be married. We extend this ministry to members and non-members alike, seeing weddings as an opportunity to nurture the shared life journeys of members and to extend hospitality and witness to non-members.
Consideration of Requests
Couples seeking to be married in the church will meet with the appointed pastor-in-charge or that person’s designee. Together they will review these guidelines and determine whether the timing of the wedding, the restrictions on use of the facility, the couple’s willingness to participate in counseling, and the availability of an authorized celebrant to officiate indicate that it is likely a wedding can be held at Ellensburg UMC.
The Role of Clergy
Authorized celebrants officiating at marriages fill a dual role—as an agent of the state authorized to officiate at marriages and as a spiritual leader for the church in witnessing and offering blessings for the marriage. Authorized celebrants presiding at weddings at Ellensburg United Methodist Church may fill either or both of these roles. Typically, both the legal and ecclesial roles are fulfilled simultaneously, but sometimes a couple’s unique circumstances may dictate otherwise (for example, some couples may be legally married by a justice of the peace and separately seek a church wedding).
The pastor-in-charge will discuss with the couple which authorized celebrants are available and most appropriate for their wedding. In consultation with the appointed pastor-in-charge, other authorized celebrants not associated with Ellensburg UMC may be invited to participate and/or officiate at weddings upon the couple’s request.
The Role of the Community
At Ellensburg United Methodist Church, we are shaped and formed by the power of community. We believe the Holy Spirit is present at all times, yet particularly when community gathers. Therefore, at the time in the wedding service when it is proclaimed and announced that a couple is married, such a proclamation and announcement comes from the entire gathered community.
In accordance with the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, couples wishing to be married at Ellensburg United Methodist Church will be expected to share in appropriate pre-marital counseling. Options for pre-marital counseling may include sessions conducted by the authorized celebrant, by a family counselor/therapist, or other appropriate arrangement. In pre-marital counseling, couples are invited to discuss topics such as communication, the meaning of marriage and covenant, spirituality; finances; household responsibilities; sexuality; relationships with children and extended family; careers; etc.
Thank you for considering Ellensburg UMC as the place for your wedding.
Guidelines for Couples Wishing to be Married at Ellensburg UMC or by Ellensburg UMC Authorized Celebrants
Following are the steps to follow to arrange a wedding at Ellensburg UMC:
- Schedule a meeting with the pastor-in-charge or the pastor-in-charge’s designee. This initial meeting will include a review of Dumbarton’s wedding guidelines, a tour of the facility and a discussion of your plans and ideas for your wedding.
- Contact the church administrator to reserve the time and space for your wedding. Submit the signed Building Use agreement with the security deposit as stated therein.
- Schedule the agreed upon pre-marital counseling. If it is to be conducted by someone other than the officiating pastor, please provide a letter from the counselor confirming its completion at least two weeks before your scheduled wedding.
- Discuss and gain the approval of the authorized celebrant and church administrator for all decorations, floral design plans, musicians and music selections; and the design and format of the wedding service (any unusual elements will be carefully considered for appropriateness, such as involving animals in the service, etc.).
- Ensure that donations and fees for building use, authorized celebrant, and musicians are paid at least one week before the wedding.
- Fulfill all the responsibilities listed in the Building Use Agreement.
Approved by the Ellensburg UMC Church Council
Ellensburg United Methodist Church
Nancy R. Goodloe, Chair
Fees for Weddings
$225.00 Non-members. Includes sanctuary, wedding coordinator, custodian and use of candelabras, aisle runner, pew candelabras, kneeling cushion and set up.
$325.00 All the above plus fellowship hall for reception (reception services are extra)
$75.00 Members. Includes sanctuary, fellowship hall, wedding coordinator, custodian and use of candelabras, aisle runner, pew candelabras, kneeling cushion and set up. (reception services are extra)
Materials we are able to supply
Only dripless candles should be used.
- Pew Candelabras: Ten (10) 6-inch or 8-inch tapers
- Brass Candelabras: Eighteen (18) 8-inch or 10-inch tapers
- Antique Candelabras: Fourteen (14) 8-inch or 10-inch tapers
- Unity Candles: Three (3) tapers of desired height or two (2) tapers plus one fat candle at least the same height as or taller than the taper
- All decoration plans need to be discussed with the wedding coordinator for prior approval
- Arrange a time with the wedding coordinator to open the church for decorating by the florist, decorator or wedding party
- Scotch tape should be used sparingly
- The use of any heavy-duty tape that could remove the stain from wood or any staples, nails or tacks can only be used with prior approval
Read our Marriage equality commitment to learn more about this congregation’s stance on equality.