At Melrose United Church, we affirm the integrity and sanctity of couples in loving and committed relationships. We celebrate and welcome couples of all sexual orientations who want to honour their commitments through marriage and covenanting ceremonies.
Your marriage service is first and foremost a worship service. In this service you make a covenant with one another and with God. In the name of Christ, the church blesses your marriage covenant, praying that you may know the freedom, joy and sanctity of life-long union. You do not have to be a member of the church to be married at Melrose.
We do ask, however, that you approach the ceremony with reverence, respecting the convictions of both the church and yourselves. We invite you to attend any of the worship services held on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. You will then have the opportunity to experience the worship life of our congregation, and to better understand your marriage as an act of Christian worship. If you wish to learn more about Christian faith and life, we welcome your inquiry. We would also welcome your decision to become a member of Melrose.
Our music director has the right to play at all weddings in the church and gives permission for all other musical participation including soloists and instrumentalists (e.g. trumpeter, flautist, oboist, etc.). Only the music director or his designate may play the organ. The soloists of Melrose are available for wedding services. Couples can participate in the selection of the prelude, processional and recessional music and are invited to contact the music director at least one month prior to the service. If the music director is unavailable, then it is his responsibility to arrange for a substitute.
All weddings will be conducted by our minister. If the minister is unavailable, then she or he will arrange for a substitute. The church recognizes that you may have a clergy person who has had a special influence in your life, whether in the Christian church or from another tradition. If you would like another minister, priest, rabbi or spiritual leader to assist our minister in the wedding, please submit a written request to the Melrose minister for consideration. Approval is at the minister's discretion.
As flashes and camera noise may detract from the marriage service, photography is not permitted during the service between the opening prayer and final blessing. Photographs may be taken without restriction during the processional, the signing of documents, and the recessional. Permission will be granted to the official photographer for a limited number of photographs during the service, provided none of them are taken during times of prayer. We request that the official photographer be familiar with this policy and consult the minister before the start of the wedding ceremony.