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Wedding Policy

if you would like to get married at St. Andrew’s please contact the parish office to meet with our priest (937.278.7345). 

Clergy: The Rector is in charge of all which relates to the ceremony and ritual of the service and the environment of the parish buildings and grounds. A clergy person who is not on staff may officiate at a wedding at the invitation of the Rector.

Music and The Service: The Marriage Service is to be taken from The Book of Common Prayer. The selection of all music, prayer, scripture, and other details of the service are done in consultation with the clergy and parish musician. St. Andrew’s parish musician shall perform or give permission for another organist or musician to perform at all wedding ceremonies.

Scheduling: Weddings are only arranged at times that do not conflict with regularly scheduled Church liturgies.

The Parish Hall: The parish hall may be used for wedding receptions. The sexton shall be consulted on arrangement of tables and other furniture, disposition of decorations and food.

Fees: All fees for the organist, sexton, and use of the church must be paid on or before the wedding rehearsal. Contact the parish office for a copy of the fee schedule for weddings.

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Funeral Policy

Burial of the Dead: The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8) This joy, however, does not make human grief un-Christian. So, while we rejoice that the one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we join in sorrow and sympathy with those who mourn.

When Death Occurs: If at all possible, a clergy person should be notified when a person is near death in order that the ministrations of the Church may be provided. When death occurs, the parish office or clergy should be called at once. All arrangements for the funeral must be made in consultation with the clergy.

Burial From the Church: Baptized Christians, having been nurtured in the Church, are properly buried from the Church. In special circumstances the clergy will read the Burial Office at the funeral or graveside, but church services are preferred.

Facilities and Services of the Church: On the occasion of death, the Church will provide its physical facilities and services without charge to the family of Episcopal members. The clergy, organist, sexton and ushers consider providing these services to be an important part of their pastoral ministry for the church. Members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will provide ushers. The church will provide printed programs to aid the congregants in following the Worship Service. The ushers will distribute the programs. If desired an honorarium may be given to the clergy, organist, and sexton.

Sunday Services: It is the policy of this church that funeral or memorial services not be held on Sundays. The minister, funeral director and family should arrange a suitable time for the services in consultation with one another.

Music and the Service: The service for the funeral or Memorial Service is to be taken from The Book of Common Prayer. It is appropriate for hymns and music to take place at the Burial Service. The selection of all music, prayer, scripture, and other details of the service are done in consultation with the clergy and organist.

Pall for the Coffin: The coffin is to be closed before the service and it remains closed thereafter. A pall to cover the coffin during the service in the church is provided by the church. The reminds us of the equality of all people before God. The only exception to the use of the pall is in the case of a veteran of the United States military, whose coffin may be covered at the gravesite by an American flag, if desired.

Flowers: Flowers at a church funeral are usually displayed only as on Sundays, which is at the Altar. Flowers are not used on the coffin at the burial service.

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