CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!

Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out their lives together with God.

We consider it an honor and privilege to share in this most significant chapter of your lives and our hope is to provide you with strong support as you commit yourself to a lifetime together in Christian marriage.


           
               Photo by Jocey Shannon Photography

INITIAL STEPS

Submitting a WEDDING REQUEST FORM starts the process. This is an online form and is sent to us once your complete it and click the submit button.  Upon its receipt, we will connect you to one of the pastors (if one is not specifically requested) for an initial meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for our pastor to get to know you, as well as your spiritual journey. The pastor is the one who approves the request.  It can take sometimes up to 2 weeks for a pastor to connect with you.  If you have additional questions not covered here, please feel free to contact Marcie Anderson at manderson@bidwellpres.org or by calling the church office at 343-1484.

REQUIREMENTS

We require psychological counseling with one of our church members who is a licensed psychologist because it helps you as a couple face difficult issues in their relationship and thus becomes a way of empowering them for a healthy marriage. The cost of counseling is $240.00.

Also required is participation in a Discovering Bidwell Pres class (if you are not already members of BPC). This class is held five to six times through out the year with varying formats (Wednesday evening format - 5 consecutive weeks; Weekend format Friday night and Saturday; 2 consecutive Thursday evenings in June). There is no fee for this class and you are not required to become of a member, however, this is a great way to become more familiar with our church, what we believe, and a way to meet our staff and connect with other prospective members.

During the months leading up to your ceremony, several meetings will occur in order for you and the officiating pastor to review the conditions of Christian marriage, to have frank discussions of the joys and responsibilities of a Christian marriage, and to finalize details regarding your wedding ceremony.