Weddings

A wedding is the Christian celebration of a couple's love and commitment to each other and to God.

This sacred ceremony, in which you enter into a covenant with God and one another, creates the foundation for your marriage. By choosing to be married by a representative of God’s Church, you are inviting God’s presence in your wedding and purposely asking for God’s blessing upon the marriage.

Most weddings at The Church of the Resurrection are held in the Wesley Covenant Chapel. This warm and inviting facility seats approximately 350 guests. Decorated in muted earth tones, with a beautiful stone chancel, the Chapel provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

For small, intimate weddings, the Memorial Garden and the Firestone Prayer Chapel are also options.

For further information, download our policies and procedures guide. For any other questions, please contact our wedding coordinator Michelle Varhola at 913-544-0702 or michelle.varhola@cor.org.

Wedding Planning

We believe that a wedding is a religious service - the Christian celebration of your love and commitment to each other and to God. Your wedding is a worship experience, involving family and friends who want to participate in your joy. We encourage you to include responsive readings, prayers and congregational singing in your ceremony. This guide will help you begin the planning process.

Wedding Music

The church wedding is a sacred rite invoking the blessing of God on the founding of the home. The music and texts, selected with the underlying thought of glorifying God, should be suitable for a church service, as distinguished from a social gathering. The Church of the Resurrection now offers a traditional wedding musician playing organ and/or piano or a contemporary wedding musician playing piano and/or guitar.

Premarital & Newlywed Class

We want you and your partner to "live happily ever after!" Our Premarital and Newlywed Class is designed to help couples take the next step of their journey on the right path. Trained instructors lead each session, covering topics to strengthen your connection with your partner and help you gain important lifelong skills.

Courses cover the meaning and purpose of marriage, qualities necessary for a healthy marriage, the practical tools for successful relationships, conflict resolution, and sexuality in marriage.

The Premarital and Newlywed course is open to all dating couples, and is a requirement for any couple desiring to be married by a Resurrection pastor.

This course, like all of Resurrection's ministries, are open and welcoming of all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. Although denominational policy currently restricts our ability to host and officiate same-gender marriages, there are other ways we can support your special day. Please contact Michelle Varhola, our Director of Weddings for additional information.

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Note from Pastor Adam

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! We are truly grateful and excited that you have chosen to have your wedding here at the Church of the Resurrection.

Often those marrying at Resurrection have a special request for a particular clergy to officiate at their wedding. When possible we try to accommodate that request, particularly when the request is for your assigned congregational care pastor. But due to the large number of weddings here at Resurrection it is not always possible to accommodate every request.

I am proud of each of our pastors. They are among the most gifted clergy I know. We all use the same order of worship for weddings and we each prepare and personalize every ceremony. I have provided training and guidelines for all of our clergy so each wedding ceremony is a beautiful and sacred experience for all involved.

Occasionally a couple will request a clergy based upon gender — typically wishing to have a male clergy rather than a female. The challenge in assigning clergy based upon gender preference is that it subtly communicates a message to all our clergy that male clergy are deemed more desirable than female clergy. At The Church of the Resurrection we are committed to the value of both male and female clergy. My daughter, Danielle, requested a female clergy at her wedding (and allowed me to co-officiate only because I was paying the bill!). Having a female pastor at your wedding will in no way diminish the beauty or quality of your ceremony and it will be a subtle witness that you are a part of a church that values the role of women — something I hope you will be proud of.

Thank you for your understanding. I am confident your wedding will be a beautiful, sacred and intensely meaningful service regardless of which of our clergy is officiating.

In Christ’s Love,

Adam Hamilton

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