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 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

Pentecost Sunday/Youth Sunday

Posted by FUMC on May 17, 2018 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

The church has always been a presence in my life.  Some of my earliest memories are of Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Children’s Church. Then came Confirmation, and serving as an acolyte and coming to worship. In all of this, I came to realize that the Holy Spirit was always with me.

 

As a teenager, I struggle most days to wake up and get out of bed and get going. However, one of my biggest motivators is that God is telling  me that I have a purpose and that there is a reason I should get up. Throughout the day, I often feel the Holy Spirit filling me and urging me onward. A clear example was this past weekend when I was competing with my crew team in the Virginia State Championships.

 

We pulled up to the starting line, and I quietly prayed that the race would go smoothly and that we would be able to win.. After a rough start, I could feel the tension in the…

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Reconciling Notes

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!

 

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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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