WEDDINGS

GETTING MARRIED AT HOPE

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding ceremony and marriage!

If you would like a Hope Church pastor to officiate your wedding, please review the guidelines below and take your first step today!

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1. Complete the pre-marriage questionnaire

This is a short form which helps us get to know you, and get some preliminary information about your relationship and wedding plans.

After you and your fiancee have submitted your questionnaire, depending on your familiarity with your requested officiating pastor, we may schedule for you to have an initial sit-down meeting with your officiating pastor to get to know you better and find out more about your Christian faith and the nature of your relationship.

2. Coordinate logistical details

Once you and your fiancee have submitted the pre-marriage questionnaire, please email Kathy Latini (using the the link below) as early as possible to 

  1. Ensure that your requested officiating pastor is available for your wedding date
  2. Coordinate other key details with your officiating pastor (e.g. obtaining a marriage license, rehearsal details, etc…)
  3. Allow adequate time to schedule and complete the pre-marriage seminar

3. Participate in a pre-marriage mini-course, “Preparation for Marriage”

In this 3-session mini-course, you will meet at a pastor’s home with a small group of fellow engaged couples to examine foundational marriage truths from God’s word. The seminar will explore how God’s institution of marriage differs from contemporary cultural views, the role of the Spirit in killing our self-centredness, covenantal commitment as the nature of true love and mutual sanctification as the mission of marriage.

Our next seminar will be happening in late Fall, 2019.

4. Walk with a marriage mentor

After the seminar, depending your background and readiness, we will assist in setting you up with a marriage mentor who can meet with you (one to three times) to discuss topics such as family, communication and conflict resolution.

5. Meet with the officiating pastor to finalize logistical details

A few weeks prior to your wedding, you will be scheduled to meet with the officiating pastor to finalize logistical details (e.g. wedding rehearsal, reception, etc…) surrounding your wedding.

REQUIRED RESOURCE

In preparation for marriage, we recommend that you purchase and read Tim Keller’s ‘The Meaning of Marriage’, as we will be discussing this text together.

You can purchase the book at Chapters or online at amazon.ca

For more info, you can email us at info@hopechurchtw.ca

GETTING MARRIED AT HOPE

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding ceremony and marriage!

If you would like a Hope Church pastor to officiate your wedding, please review the guidelines below and take your first step today!

l

1. Complete the pre-marriage questionnaire

This is a short form which helps us get to know you, and get some preliminary information about your relationship and wedding plans.

After you and your fiancee have submitted your questionnaire, depending on your familiarity with your requested officiating pastor, we may schedule for you to have an initial sit-down meeting with your officiating pastor to get to know you better and find out more about your Christian faith and the nature of your relationship.

2. Coordinate logistical details

Once you and your fiancee have submitted the pre-marriage questionnaire, please email Kathy Latini (using the the link below) as early as possible to 

  1. Ensure that your requested officiating pastor is available for your wedding date
  2. Coordinate other key details with your officiating pastor (e.g. obtaining a marriage license, rehearsal details, etc…)
  3. Allow adequate time to schedule and complete the pre-marriage seminar

3. Participate in a pre-marriage mini-course, “Preparation for Marriage”

In this 3-session mini-course, you will meet at a pastor’s home with a small group of fellow engaged couples to examine foundational marriage truths from God’s word. The seminar will explore how God’s institution of marriage differs from contemporary cultural views, the role of the Spirit in killing our self-centredness, covenantal commitment as the nature of true love and mutual sanctification as the mission of marriage.

Our next seminar will be happening in late Fall, 2019.

4. Walk with a marriage mentor

After the seminar, depending your background and readiness, we will assist in setting you up with a marriage mentor who can meet with you (one to three times) to discuss topics such as family, communication and conflict resolution.

5. Meet with the officiating pastor to discuss logistical details

A few weeks prior to your wedding, you will be scheduled to meet with the officiating pastor to discuss logistical details (e.g. wedding rehearsal, reception, etc…) surrounding your wedding.

REQUIRED RESOURCE

In preparation for marriage, we recommend that you purchase and read Tim Keller’s ‘The Meaning of Marriage’, as we will be discussing this text together.

You can purchase the book at Chapters or online at amazon.ca

For more info, you can email us at info@hopechurchtw.ca

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Is there a fee for a Hope Church pastor to officiate my wedding?

There is no set fee. However, we kindly suggest an honorarium of $100 – $300 for the officiating pastor. However, if you are in notable financial hardship, no honorarium is necessary.

2. What considerations must be made if my wedding is out of town?

Some pastors will perform out-of-town weddings, while others will not. If you are having an out-of-town wedding, please ensure to confirm your officiating pastor’s availability as early as possible by emailing Kathy Latini.

Additionally, we kindly ask that you make arrangements or cover extra costs for any necessary travel expenses and accommodations, and provide clear directions and the precise address to the wedding facility.

3. Where can I get a marriage license?

You can personally obtain a marriage license from your local municipality.

More information can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/getting-married

4. What considerations must be made for my wedding rehearsal and reception dinner?

Your officiating pastor will generally conduct the wedding rehearsal at the agreed-upon rehearsal time. Regretfully, pastors are not always available to attend rehearsal dinners and receptions. It is our sincere hope that such inability is not taken as an offence.

 

FURTHER MEDIA RESOURCES

As you anticipate for your wedding day, here are a few Right Now Media resources we recommend to help you prepare together for a life-long, gospel-centred, God-glorifying marriage!

MARRIAGE IN GOSPEL FOCUS

What is the meaning of marriage? In this study based on a 49-minute session from the 2012 The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, Kathy and Tim Keller contrast distorted cultural assumptions about marriage with its biblical purpose. This study comes with helpful questions to encourage thoughtful reflection on how these truths apply to us.

THE MINGLING OF SOULS

 In a culture where the foundations of attraction, love, marriage, and sex are rapidly eroding, Matt Chandler offers and eternal, counter-intuitive perspective from the biblical book Song of Solomon. Scripture says we’re to nurture our hearts above all else – but how do we do this with in such a distracted culture who’s advice contradicts God’s Word? 

A LIFELONG LOVE

Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, this video series based on Gary Chapman’s book, A Lifelong Love, promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension.You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again.  

YOU AND ME FOREVER

This seven session Bible study series, based on the book You and Me Forever from best-selling author Francis Chan and Lisa Chan, will challenge you to view your marriage like never before. Through this series, we’ll see – Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage.

MARRIAGE IN GOSPEL FOCUS

What is the meaning of marriage? In this study based on a 49-minute session from the 2012 The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, Kathy and Tim Keller contrast distorted cultural assumptions about marriage with its biblical purpose. This study comes with helpful questions to encourage thoughtful reflection on how these truths apply to us.

THE MINGLING OF SOULS

 In a culture where the foundations of attraction, love, marriage, and sex are rapidly eroding, Matt Chandler offers and eternal, counter-intuitive perspective from the biblical book Song of Solomon. Scripture says we’re to nurture our hearts above all else – but how do we do this with in such a distracted culture who’s advice contradicts God’s Word? 

A LIFELONG LOVE

Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, this video series based on Gary Chapman’s book, A Lifelong Love, promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension.You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again.  

YOU AND ME FOREVER

This seven session Bible study series, based on the book You and Me Forever from best-selling author Francis Chan and Lisa Chan, will challenge you to view your marriage like never before. Through this series, we’ll see – Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage.

(These resources require you to login to your Right Now Media account. If you attend Hope Church Toronto West and haven’t received your FREE Right Now Media subscription invitation, CLICK HERE!)

Got more questions on Weddings?

Contact Kathy at info@hopechurchtw.ca or call 416-521-9292 for more information about getting married at Hope Church Toronto West.

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