Springs Community Presbyterian Church

Wedding Planning

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The Springs Church is a wonderful place for your wedding: in our Sanctuary or outdoors overlooking the beautiful Accabonac Bay. It is our hope and prayer that you share our commitment that Christian marriage is a gift God has given to humankind for the well-being of the entire human family.


What The Couple May Expect From The Pastor
The Pastor of the Springs Church will meet with you for planning and counseling as needed.  The pastor will conduct a rehearsal prior to the wedding service.  The pastor will be responsible for signing and mailing the marriage license to the appropriate civil official.  You will be in the pastor’s prayers before, during, and after your wedding. The Pastor of the Springs Church will officiate at your wedding.  If you would like for another minister to participate, please let the Pastor know.  Please do not invite other clergy to take part in the service before consulting the pastor.

The Marriage License
The couple is responsible for fulfilling the current requirements of the State of New York.  You must apply in person to a New York city or town clerk for your Marriage License.  Be aware of all waiting and validity periods.  Please have the license in hand the week before your wedding.  On the wedding day give the license to the Pastor who will obtain the proper signatures, complete, and mail it.  The issuing city or town will mail your Certificate of Marriage to you, contact the clerk who issued the license if you do not receive your certificate.

The Wedding Service
The Service of a Christian Marriage is a service of worship.  All parts of the service shall be appropriate to Christian worship, and will be under the direction of the pastor.  The central focus of the service is on God’s covenant; therefore, flowers, decorations, and other appointments shall be simple and unobtrusive.

If the services of the Springs Church organist are required, please make arrangements well in advance of your wedding date.   If you will provide another organist or pianist, please acquaint them with the pastor.  Please make the pastor and organist aware of your musical selections and additional musicians or vocalists.

Scheduling and Use of the Building
The Pastor will coordinate scheduling and access to the building with the wedding party, florist, etc.  Maximum seating in the sanctuary is 100.  Occupancy of the Fellowship Hall is 84 seated and 100 standing.

Still photography and video recording are permitted during the service using available light.  Flash photography during the service is distracting and should be avoided.  Please plan for posed photos to be taken before or after the service.

Receptions may be held in the Fellowship Hall.  Our kitchen space and facilities are limited so your event should be catered.  The wedding party is responsible for restoring the facilities to proper cleanliness and order.


A wedding service is part of the relationship between church members and their pastor.  The pastor invites those who are not members of the Springs Church who wish to engage his services and/or make use of our facilities to contact him or the church office.

Please contact Pastor Steve Howarth at sehowarth@optonline.net or springschurch@optonline.net about officiating your wedding at another site.

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