Marriage is an institution established by God in creation and celebrates God joining a man and a woman as husband and wife to become one in the eyes of the Lord (Mark 10:6-9). Couples wishing to be married in Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church are required to meet with a priest for pre-marital counseling, a requirement of the Episcopal Church’s canon law. Once you have thoroughly read our marriage policies below, you may contact email@example.com to schedule your wedding.
Those preparing to be married at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church must be active members of our church or-under special circumstances- relatives or friends of members of our church and school, and actively involved in their own local Christian community.
Christian marriage is a rite of the church and a spiritual act. Therefore, when held within the church, the marriage service is one of praise, thanksgiving, and worship, in which God’s guidance and blessings are asked for the couple as they pledge their faith and love to each other, “until they are parted by death.” Saint Thomas’ uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer for marriage. We do not rent out our church for weddings.
Your wedding will be most meaningful to you, your families, and your friends when there is an active Christian faith at the center of the service. With that in mind, the following information is provided to assist you in planning your wedding service at St. Thomas’. We sincerely believe that the policies set forth are the most appropriate and practical for all concerned. Please take the time to read them carefully and completely.
The following requirements must be met to secure approval for your wedding at St. Thomas’. Clergy can refuse the right to service at any time; this includes the day of the wedding.
First: No other Episcopal minster or church has refused to perform your marriage. Unless it can be shown that such a refusal was unreasonable, unjust, arbitrary, and not scripturally justifiable.
Second: In the case of either party being divorced, documents must be provided that the divorce is complete and at least one year old. If there are children from a previous marriage it must be shown that all responsibilities to those children are being met. Also, before the final approval the clergy must receive permission from the Episcopal Bishop of Texas. This permission can take up to six weeks.
Third: At least one party is an active member of Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church. Membership is defined as regular church attendance at one of our three services and a giver of record. We encourage all engaged couples to take our introductory Saint Thomas’ 101 course.