Holy Matrimony/Holy Union Procedures at St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Stowe, VT
- The contribution for use of the building is $400.
- The honorarium for the Rector, for non-members, is $150. This includes three premarital counseling sessions as required by Canon Law (see Diocesan Policy below). Fees are payable at the time of the rehearsal.
- Consult with the officiant regarding the taking of photos during the wedding. No rice or confetti is to be thrown while on church grounds. Birdseed is acceptable.
- The rector must approve music, as not all music is appropriate in the context of a Christian service. The parish music director and organist, Audrey Coty (802-253-4655), may be contacted to play at the wedding. Her fee is $150. Other musicians must be approved by the rector.
- Contracts with outside musicians must be negotiated separately from arrangements with the church and clergy.
- All services will follow The Book of Common Prayer liturgy.
Reviewed and approved by the Vestry, January 2016
Diocesan Policy for Holy Matrimony
First Marriages for All Persuasions
One of the persons to be married must be a baptized person, and an active member of a congregation.
Premarital counseling is required and should include: Christian understanding of marriage, issues concerning money, communication, sexual relationship and planning the service.
In accordance with the canons of this Church, any priest officiating at the marriage of anyone who has been divorced must have permission of the bishop.
One of the persons to be married must be baptized, and be an active member of a Christian congregation.
A photocopy of the divorce decree(s) must be in parish files and the priest should inform the bishop that the decree(s) has been received when submitting the request to officiate.
Premarital counseling is required and should include: Christian understanding of marriage, the care and welfare of minor children, discussion of why the first marriage(s) failed and issues concerning money, communication, sexual relationship and planning the service.
The request to officiate should be received by the bishop at least thirty days before the scheduled event. The request should include counseling session results and the specifics of the care of minor children.
Re-Marriages after Divorce
Permission will not be normally granted for third or subsequent marriages, except for the most extenuating circumstances, and then only with evidence of extensive pre-marital counseling (at least six sessions) and a letter from a therapist, psychiatrist or psychologist stating that the person has worked through personal issues surrounding failed marriages.