Is There A Wedding In Your Future?
Dates and times for all weddings and rehearsals must first clear the church calendar. Contact the church office to confirm availability of our facilities
(724-330-5350; ). It is preferable that the date be scheduled months in advance and should be confirmed with the church office before you book your reception venue.
The marriage license and all fees should be in the church office at least 2 weeks before the wedding date. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will recognize a marriage as legal when performed under a valid marriage license duly issued by the Clerk of the Orphan’s Court. A license is valid for sixty (60) days from the date it is issued.
Couples interested in using Grace United Methodist Church for a wedding ceremony that are not part of the Grace United Methodist Church faith community may have another pastor officiate a wedding at the church facility if that pastor: contacts the presently appointed pastor of Grace; is officially ordained by a regularly established church or congregation; and is given explicit permission of our appointed pastor well before the wedding date.
The traditional Ritual of Marriage of the United Methodist Church will be used in the wedding ceremony celebrating the covenant of Christian marriage. The officiating clergyperson will provide pre-marriage counseling, direct the rehearsal, lead the wedding ceremony and make sure all legal paperwork is completed. Most weddings will require a rehearsal. The date and hour will be set in consultation with the approval of the officiating clergyperson. If you are having a rehearsal dinner, to help in your planning, please note that rehearsals are approximately one hour in length.
Fees and costs:
Members of Grace church and active worship attendees are not required to pay a fee for the use of the church building; however financial gifts to Grace church are appreciated.
Sound tech/custodial service - $90.
There are times it is hard to find one of our tech/sound system coordinators to have a Friday evening and Saturday available. We will do our best to find someone to make this weekend commitment well in advance.
Keyboardist – it is preferred that our current church organist, Terry Klorczyk, be procured. The couple should contact Terry as soon as possible to verify her availability. The fee will be arranged between the organist and the couple. Terry can be reached at 724-258-3406.
Couples who are not members or active worship attendees are required to pay a fee of $340 (which includes the sound tech/custodial service) and should contact our organist listed above to verify her availability and to obtain her fee. A ‘hold the date’ deposit of $170 must be received at the time the wedding is booked; with the balance due no later than two weeks before the wedding date.
Use of Our Fellowship Hall & Kitchen
Persons who are either members or active worship attendees of Grace may use our fellowship hall and kitchen at no charge for such activities as birthday or anniversary parties, bridal showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, funeral dinners, etc., provided that the church member or active worship attendee shall be the ‘contact person’ who is responsible for: making the reservation; cleaning up afterwards; seeing that their group adheres to the rules that are stated and implied in this policy. A donation to the church for the use of the building would be greatly appreciated.
Persons who are neither members nor active worship attendees at Grace may use our fellowship hall and kitchen at a fee of $100 per each event, payable in advance of the day of the If payment is not received by that time, the church office shall inform both the contact person and the Chair of the Hospitality Team (responsible for unlocking and securing the church) that the event has been canceled due to lack of payment. Checks should be made payable to Grace United Methodist Church.
Contact person understands that they are to supply all paper products and food items for their event, including dish towels. No supplies of Grace are to be used.
At the conclusion of each event, all groups shall return the fellowship hall and the kitchen to the condition in which they were found by:
Sweeping the floor; mopping as needed (broom/mop can be found in the Boiler Room – first door on the right out of kitchen);
Putting tables and chairs back to where they were before their event (Set up Chart attached to end of this policy and can be found posted on the kitchen and fellowship hall bulletin boards;
Cleaning the kitchen counters, floors, stove and sink;
Removing all food items not consumed;
Taking all garbage to the dumpster (located near the driveway near the basketball hoop and mailboxes);
Putting clean can liners in the garbage cans (can liners can be found on the wooden shelf to the right of the stove in the kitchen)
Any group that is found not to be in compliance with this rule, (as determined by the Chair of the Hospitality Team who locks up after the event) will not be permitted to use the fellowship hall or kitchen again.
Reservations must be made by contacting the church office (724.330.5350 or ) and will be placed on the church calendar. Previously scheduled church activities shall take priority over any other event. Scheduling will be arranged on a “first-come, first-serve”
Bingo, smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted anywhere in or on church
No outside organization may conduct a profit-making event in our church building without the express consent of our Church
C. Opening and Securing the Church
Each event’s contact person who doesn’t have a security code to enter Grace is responsible for contacting Bob Robison, Chair of the Hospitality Team to make arrangements for accesses to and securing the church for their event. (724.288.4352).
D. Approved Groups
As of this date, the following groups have permission to use our fellowship hall and kitchen at no charge: The Grace dart ball team; Children of Grace Daycare/Preschool and the 4-H.