Weddings for non-members will be performed by Wesley’s senior minister or an approved minister of the couple’s choosing. Requests for ministers not on staff at Wesley UMC to officiate or assist in the ceremony can be made by completing the appropriate section of the Wedding Wedding Reservation Form and meeting the stipulated requirements.
Normally, the minister of Wesley UMC at Frederica officiates at wedding ceremonies for members.
Normally, the minister of Wesley UMC at Frederica officiates at wedding ceremonies for members. The minister will meet with the couple to discuss arrangements for the wedding and provide premarital counseling. Rev. Steve Patton, senior minister of Wesley UMC, is trained and certified to use the Prepare-Enrich Premarital Counseling program by Life Innovations. These sessions are an important aspect of preparation for marriage. This program offers the couple a detailed sorter to complete online. Up to 20 categories of the relationship are examined to identify strengths and growth areas. Practical exercises help the couple get off to a good start in their marriage. A minimum of two hours is required to complete the Prepare-Enrich counseling and plan the service. For members, this cost is included in the wedding fee.
Weddings for non-members will be performed by Wesley’s senior minister or an approved minister of the couple’s choosing. Identification and/or assignment of a minister must be done two weeks from the day we receive the reservation fee. Wesley’s senior minister will determine the appropriateness of a request for a minister, and if approved, extend an invitation to the guest minister to officiate. Premarital counseling is strongly encouraged and must be administered by a qualified official. If Rev. Patton officiates, the couple must meet with him or engage in premarital counseling with a qualified pastor/pastoral counselor. If Rev. Patton is not used for their counseling, the couple must present to Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica a signed certificate of completion from the pastor/pastoral counselor administering the counseling no later than two months prior to the wedding date. Ministerial fees for Wesley’s minister may be found here.
Requests for Outside Ministers:
Requests for ministers not on staff at Wesley UMC to officiate or assist in the ceremony can be made by completing the appropriate section of the Wedding Reservation Form and meeting the stipulated requirements. Upon approval by Wesley’s senior minister, an official invitation will be extended to the guest minister. Only ordained, Christian ministers who are approved to officiate weddings in their denominations may perform weddings at Wesley. Wesley’s senior minister gives final approval for all outside ministers. If your minister is not approved, Rev. Patton must officiate with your minister assisting. If Holy Communion is to be offered, the service will follow the United Methodist liturgy and be offered to everyone present as United Methodist theology and the Book of Worship stipulates.