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INTRODUCTION: Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for contacting Foothills United Church about the possibility of celebrating your wedding with us. We understand that many couples may feel uncomfortable with a religious ceremony in a religious setting and would prefer a non-religious service conducted by a Marriage Commissioner. Such ceremonies are easily arranged in a place other than a church and can be very meaningful.If you seek a Christian marriage, we hope that the following brief summary of information will be helpful to you. (Should you decide on a wedding at Foothills, a more detailed Planning Booklet is available for your assistance.)
INFORMATION GATHERING: Address initial inquiries about weddings at Foothills United Church to our Office Administrator, Win Hope, at 288-5632. She will record initial contact information and relay some initial information about Foothills' policy.
NO WEDDING IS CONFIRMED FOR FOOTHILLS UNTIL THE COUPLE HAS MET WITH OUR MINISTER AND SHE HAS AGREED TO MARRY THE COUPLE.Foothills is a unique church in Calgary, with a special history of service in the Bowmont community. The original old church has had numerous renovations and changes. Our worship space is multi-use and chairs can be arranged in a variety of ways. Our seating capacity is approximately 225 people. We encourage you to attend a worship service (Sundays at 10:30) to get acquainted with our faith community and see our building. Then call to book an appointment with the minister.
MEETING WITH THE MINISTER: 1ST MEETING - BEFORE the couple make any other reservations or assumptions about where the wedding will be. Please allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours for discussion time with our minister. We like to schedule these meetings during day-time hours, between Tuesday and Friday. Lunch hour and late afternoon times are possible. At the end of this appointment, a deposit of $50 is required to be paid to the office manager in order to confirm the wedding date and time. A 2ND MEETING with the minister will occur approximately one month before the wedding.
PREPARATION FOR YOUR MARRIAGE: Recognizing that the wedding is merely one day in what we hope will be many happy years of married life, we want to help you prepare well for the marriage. Therefore, we require you to attend a pre-marriage course and we offer an optional pre-marriage inventory.
WHO WILL PERFORM WEDDINGS AT FOOTHILLS: Normally our minister will officiate at all weddings at Foothills United Church (at this time a minister from Calgary Presbytery will be acquired for weddings).
CHARGES: Costs of staffing and maintaining facilities make it necessary for the church to set a fee schedule for weddings. All fees in relationship to the wedding (except those for the pre-marriage course) will be paid by cheque (or cash) to the Office Administrator of Foothills and made out to Foothills United Church.
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