Weddings

A Christian wedding ceremony is a celebration of lasting significance for the bride and groom, as well as their families and friends. The Fairlington United Methodist Church welcomes people from all backgrounds who seek God’s blessing for married love, and wish to have a wedding ceremony in keeping with Christian practices. 

Frequently Asked Questions 


Q - How do I inquire about weddings and/or schedule a date for my wedding? 
A - First please download and read through our Wedding Packet August 2018The packet outlines the simple steps you can take for planning your wedding ceremony, as well as rules, fees, etc...  Next, contact the church office. We will answer your questions and check the calendar before you speak to the pastor. You are welcome to come and see our facility during church office hours, M-F 10am - 4pm.

Q - Do you allow weddings for non-members? 

A - Yes. Those who wish to prepare for a life of married love are welcome. 

Q - Do you have weekday weddings? 
A - Yes. We do arrange to have small chapel weddings during the week based upon the schedule of the Pastors. Generally these services do not require music or the services of other staff. 

Q - What is the legal requirement for marriage? 
A - Our Pastors are bonded to perform weddings in any jurisdiction within the Commonwealth of Virginia. You are required to have a current Virginia marriage license issued by the Clerk of Courts. 
 
 
Q - Do I need to make a deposit to confirm my date? 
A - Yes. Your date on the wedding calendar will be initially scheduled as a “tentative date”. Your date is listed as a “scheduled date” after we have received the deposit, the Wedding Information Form and the Policy Agreement Form. We release your tentative date if the deposit and the form are not received within two weeks from the time you scheduled.

Q - May I bring my own minister to perform the ceremony? 
A -Our pastors are responsible for all services at our church. However, in special circumstances, other clergy may be approved to officiate weddings at Fairlington. Contact one of our pastors to coordinate this by calling the church at 703-671-8557.
 
Q - May I use my own organist? 
A - The Fairlington UMC Director of Music, or someone appointed by her, will be consulted and play for all weddings which require such services. All guest musicians must be approved by the Director of Music.

Q - What are the fees and services provided?
A - The fees and services are included in the Wedding Information Packet.  If you cannot download a copy here, contact the church office at 703.671.8557 or office@fairlingtonumc.org.
 
Q - I plan to have my own wedding planner. Do I need to have a wedding coordinator from the congregation?
A - Yes. All weddings are scheduled through our Lead Wedding Coordinator. She will assign a personal coordinator who has been trained for this role in the church. The coordinator serves as a liaison between the Pastor, the church and the wedding party. The coordinator is knowledgeable about the church guidelines and will assist you in making plans that meet the guidelines. She will also be present during both the rehearsal and the wedding to assist you and your family and friends in having a worry-free wedding.

Q - Does the church provide a place for receptions?
A - The church has a fellowship hall, please speak to the pastor or wedding coordinator.

Blog Posts

Opening Doors

Posted by FUMC on September 20, 2018 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Immigration is a much debated issue in our country, and world, today.   It is not a new issue, but the tone of the debate now requires us to equip ourselves with tools for a faithful and civil response.  The United Methodist Church has articulated a position, though not considered doctrine, that gives us a place to begin.  And invites us to continue the discussion.   Read this, then join us for worship at 9:30 and 11:00 with this topic, and plan to stay for lunch and Immigration 101.  

 

“We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God.  We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination.  We urge the Church…

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Reconciling Notes

Immigration 101: 

 Sunday, September 23, in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the 11:00AM service. Light lunch to be served.

An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law

Do you ever wonder about immigration laws?

What’s a visa, a green card, DACA?

Why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship?

Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format?

 

Lunch will be followed by Just Neighbors presenting an easy to understand overview of the ins and outs of our country’s very complex immigration system.

 

Regardless of your political views, this presentation will focus on facts about who is eligible for the various types of legal status in the U.S. and what the various types mean. There will be time for Q&A. 

 

No RSVP necessary, just come! For more information contact Mark Elder markuselder@gmail.com.

 

 

Co-hosted by FUMC’s Reconciling Ministry Team

and the Church in Society Team.

 

Download Here: Our 5 Year History as a Reconciling Congregation

We celebrate Fairlington's 5-year anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, intentionally welcoming all people as beloved children of God.

Our celebratory theme, “Love in All Colors,” reflects the breadth and diversity of God’s human creation as proclaimed in our church’s welcoming statement.

Check out our audio for personal testimonies from FUMC members. They share how being part of a reconciling congregation has personally affected them and shaped their faith journey.

~Mark Elder, markuselder@gmail.com

 

Follow this link http://bit.ly/5yearReconciling to see the extensive work and accomplishments of this :church and its Reconciling Ministry Team over the last five years, since we became a reconciling congregation in February 2013.  Thank you church!

 

Fairlington UMC is a 

Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We proclaim and welcome every person as a beloved child of God regardless of age, race, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, faith history, or life experience.

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