WEDDING POLICY 

Introduction

The use of the Simi Hill’s Christadelphian Hall for weddings implies Ecclesial endorsement of what occurs at the wedding and in conjunction with the wedding. In light of the spiritual importance and symbolic significance of marriage set forth in the Word of God and the Ecclesia’s need to uphold these Biblical standards, the arranging board proposes the following guidelines.

For weddings in the Simi Hills Hall, these are the guidelines in order to uphold the highest spiritual ideals:

1. Parties must be Members in good standing in their respective Ecclesias.

2. The Ecclesia should not be seen as viewing premarital sexual relations lightly. (See Paul’s condemnation of fornication in Gal. 5:19-21) The wedding service is referred to as a type of the Ecclesia’s union with His Son. (Eph. 5:26-32) Therefore it is not appropriate for the Ecclesial hall to be used if the bride is pregnant.

3. If a 2nd marriage for one or both parties, approval must be made by the arranging board, based on its unique circumstances.

4. The marrying Brother needs to be approved by the arranging board.

5. A series of premarital counseling sessions are required. A minimum of 7 premarital counseling sessions over a 7-week period is recommended, to be done preferably by an approved couple in the meeting or other counselors, if requested, that are approved by the arranging board.

6. A liaison for the Ecclesia will be appointed for each wedding to be made aware of the special needs and to review the decorations, music, and attire planned by the wedding party. The idea is to think through anything that might cause to offend and to avoid damage to the facility.

7. Weddings and receptions that include alcohol or dancing are not allowed in our hall. Wedding receptions that will include alcohol or dancing will not be announced from the platform or Ecclesial newsletter, or by a general announcement at the wedding. Private invitations should be sent.

For wedding invitations or marriage announcements to be announced at Simi Hills and included in our newsletter:

1. Parties must be Members in good standing in their respective Ecclesias.

2. The marriage must not be as a result item 2 above.

3. If a 2nd marriage for one or both parties, approval must be made by the arranging brethren to announce it, based on its unique circumstances.

4. For weddings and receptions that will include alcohol or dancing, these invitations will not be announced from the platform or Ecclesial newsletter. They may invite our Members by private invitation.

For marriages performed by one of the Simi Hills Brothers:

1. The marrying Brother needs to be approved by the Arranging Board