The United Methodist Wedding
In the United Methodist Church, there are many types of services designed for corporate worship in the life of a congregation. Couples who desire to express their love and commitment to each other through worship may do so by celebrating the Service of Christian Marriage. At MSUMC, wedding services will be conducted using the Order for the Service of Marriage, as outlined in the United Methodist Book of Worship. Contained in a service of marriage may be prayer, meditation, the singing of Christian hymns, instrumental/vocal service music, the reading of scripture, proclamation of the Word, and the use of Christian symbols.
The relationship between a pastor and his/her parishoners is one of personal significance. Wedding couples should expect the service officiant to be the clergy by whom they have been pastored. A couples’ desire to include a co-officiant may be considered only in consultation with the MSUMC clergy or wedding coordinator.
The first step in scheduling a Wedding Service at Madison Street United Methodist Church is to contact the MSUMC Wedding Coordinator. Upon initial contact with the MSUMC Wedding Coordinator, a date for use of the church facilities can be tentatively reserved. Once the non-refundable deposit has been made, the wedding date will be officially scheduled on the church calendar. This should be done at least 30 days, but not more than 12 months, prior to the wedding.
Due to the Church’s worship schedule during certain Liturgical seasons, reservations for weddings may not be considered. Those possible instances will be at the discretion of the pastor(s). If wedding services are considered in those instances, the options for wedding flowers/decorations may be limited. Those times could include, but are not limited to, Holy Week (the weekend of Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday), the seasons of Advent and Christmas (beginning with Thanksgiving, and lasting through Epiphany), and the weekend of the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
You will also need to schedule meetings with the other church staff who will be leading the Wedding Service, and the church Wedding Coordinator will assist you in timing and contact information for that.
- Member deposits are $200 (Chapel or Sanctuary)
- District member deposits are $250 (Chapel or Sanctuary)
- Non-member deposits are $250 (Chapel)
Lacy Whittinghill Wilson
Lacy Wilson has been coordinating weddings at Madison Street since 2005. She is a Clarksville native, and has been a member of MSUMC since 1975. She is a clinical dental hygienist and is married to the Rev. Jared Wilson, Senior Associate Pastor at Madison Street UMC. They have two daughters, Ellie and Francie.