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WEDDING POLICY

Congratulations on your decision to get married.   We are glad that you are considering Wesley United Church for the celebration of your marriage.   To help you make your decision, we have outlined, in this letter, a number of considerations for you, before you make your final decision.   As well, we have provided you with the details you will need if you decided to get married at Wesley United Church.   Please note: there are a number of legal and practical details that must be covered before a marriage can happen at the church.   Therefore, we require that you contact the minister at least three (3) months prior to your wedding, although we recommend that six (6) months is more practical.

If you would like to get married at Wesley United Church, we ask that you come to a Sunday morning worship service.  We do this for a number of reasons.  First of all, Wesley United Church has a very large sanctuary (we can seat up to 700 people) so we like couples to see the space and make sure it suits their wedding plans.  Coming to Sunday morning worship also gives you an opportunity to meet our minister, the Rev. Heather McClure and see if her worship leadership style fits with your hopes for your wedding service.  Church is every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.   After church you are invited to stay for coffee and speak with the minister.   After attending worship, if you want to proceed with booking your wedding, you will need to contact Rev. Heather McClure by email to book a first appointment.  She can be reached at hmcclure@sympatico.ca .  When booking the appointment, you can check the availability of the church for your desired date and time.

When considering Wesley United Church for your wedding please keep the following things in mind.   As a member of the United Church of Canada, a Protestant Christian church, Wesley United Church offers services of marriage in a Christian context.   This means that a service of marriage will include at least one reading from the Bible and prayers which name and acknowledge the presence of God.  We do not require that couples be members of our congregation, but you must be comfortable with a Christian service of worship.   At the same time, we honour the diversity of couples and are open to the needs of interfaith couples.  Our minister is willing to work with you and your individual needs to help make your wedding a meaningful experience.

Another consideration for you is the understanding that all weddings that take place at Wesley United Church will be done by our ministerial staff.   This means that you do not have to find a minister to perform the marriage.   In fact, you may not bring another minister in to perform your marriage at Wesley United Church.   However, if you have a relative or family friend whom you would like to co-officiate with our minister, Rev. McClure will be happy to discuss the possibility with you.

The United Church of Canada is an open and liberal protestant church.   We understand the reality that folks often come to us for marriage whom have been previously married and we welcome them as any other person for marriage.  We also welcome same-gendered couples for marriage.  As with all churches, we are bound by the laws of Quebec, which require that proper documentation for all couples be provided. To this end, you are required to provide the information found on the last pages when you meet with our minister.   This information can be emailed to her, but she must see the originals of a death certificate or final divorce judgment if you have been married before.

In Quebec, you do not need to get a marriage license, but instead, banns are posted at the church.  These banns contain basic identification information about the couple, as well as, date, time and location of the wedding, as well as signatures of the couple, a witness and the minister.   This banns form must be completed and posted at least three weeks before the wedding.

Our minister is not the only person who will plan your wedding; you will also take part.   Once you have decided to be married at Wesley United Church, our minister will provide you with resources to help you pick out your vows, what is said at the exchange of rings and the biblical readings for the service.  As well, the minister will consult with you about other details and work with you to make your wedding a personal and memorable service of worship.

We at Wesley United Church know that wedding photographs are a very important part of a wedding for most couples, and photography is allowed during certain parts of your wedding.   However, to maintain the dignity of your wedding we do not want the photographers to act like paparazzi.   Photographers may take photos during the procession of the wedding party into the church, when they are leaving and during the signing of the register.   Videos may be recorded during the wedding, but the camera operator must choose a spot and stay in one place for the duration.  No special or extra lighting or camera flashes are permitted for any photography.  If there are other parts of the service in which you would like to have photos taken, please speak to the minister and these parts of the service can be re-enacted after the service is concluded.   Please note: If photographers are unwilling to abide by our rules they will be asked to leave the church.  They must also speak with the minister before the wedding in order to ensure that they are clear about the rules around photography.

Music is welcomed during your wedding and we have an organist who can provide suitable wedding music.   We do not have a sound system that can accommodate recorded music, but if you would like to augment the organ or piano music with that of other musicians, this is possible.   Please note that all musical selections should be suitable for a church wedding and must be cleared by the minister.

Many couples have friends and family members helping them with their wedding planning and on the actual day.  Please be aware that the minister will only communicate with the couple about their wedding plans and decisions.   No other people will be permitted to make changes or decisions about your wedding.

It may seem like we have a lot of rules about weddings at Wesley United Church, but they are there for a reason.  We want to ensure that your wedding service is a sacred, dignified and respectful part of your wedding day, and to ensure that, the rules are necessary.

Of course there is the practical matter of the cost of a wedding at Wesley United Church.   You will find the schedule of fees for weddings below.

Fees: These fees are based on weddings held from April to October.   For weddings held from November to March there will be an additional charge of $250 to cover winter heating.

$300.00 - Minister (including all pre-wedding meetings)
$315.00 - Use of Church
$100.00 - Organist
$ 75.00 - Caretaker

$790.00 - Total (Plus $250.00 heating surcharge when applicable)

*Please note a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 must be made to confirm the date.   The balance of fees must be made in cash or certified cheque at the rehearsal.  No certificate of marriage or legal documents will be issued until all payments are made.

If you have any further questions about weddings at Wesley United Church, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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In addition to being traveling companions in life's faith journey on a day-to-day, year-to-year basis, we are especially pleased to both celebrate and mourn the most significant times of life.

Our congregation and minister assist in providing a personal, meaningful, spiritual, and religious dimension to the profound passages of life, including weddings, baptisms, and funerals. For information about these services, please contact our minister, Rev. Heather McClure at (514) 484 7221.






BAPTISM

There is no right age for baptism. Within the United Church we affirm the care and love of Jesus for children through Infant Baptism. Baptism for infants and young children proclaims the unconditional grace and love of God. It is also a reminder of the wonder, blessing, and new responsibilities that come with a new life.

In the case of adults, baptism is a moving witness to the work of the Spirit in individual and corporate commitment. It is also a celebration of the promise of new life and growth in faith.

Baptism, regardless of the candidate's age, is the sole rite of initiation into full membership in the Christian community.

Baptism does not need to be repeated. At an age of accountability (teens) people who were baptized as infants may make a confirmation of the vows which were made on their behalf previously.

It is appropriate, both for individuals and congregations, to renew the faith expressed in the baptismal covenant from time to time. Our baptismal identity is both individual and communal. Baptism honours the diversity of individuals and challenges us to be a community of equals.


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Jesus at the moment of his baptism




FUNERALS

In Life, as in Death, the death of a loved one is a time to recall Life beyond Death and the miracle of life. We must give thanks for life.
For We are not Alone!

The Minister and the Wesley congregation are able to walk with you in your time of need.

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