Weddings

National UMC and our pastoral team are honored to be part of your special day. 

The fee for non-members to be married at National UMC's Metropolitan Memorial Campus is $3,000.

This fee includes the use of the Sanctuary, a room for both wedding parties, altar candles, and the organ. In addition, the fee includes the services of the organist and the host for both the rehearsal and the ceremony.

Please contact Dona Collary to arrange your wedding here at National UMC. 

The fee for members of National UMC to be married here is $1,500, with members being encouraged to contribute more as they are able to do so. An honorarium for the minister performing your ceremony and providing for your counseling is not included in the above fees. If you are holding a reception at the church and wish to serve alcohol, you will need to request permission from the Board of Trustees prior to the event.

If you are a non-member, the minister’s fee is $500. A deposit of $1,500 for non-members, and $750 for members, will confirm your wedding date. The balance is due thirty days prior to the wedding.

To ensure that the commitments inherent in marriage are as strong as possible, couples being married at National UMC are required to undergo marriage counseling. The nature of these sessions varies depending upon the minister the couple chooses to perform the ceremony. The counseling may be provided by either the minister or another qualified professional; however, the minister reserves the right of approval for those who are to provide the counseling. If you will be coming to one of our ministers for counseling, the couple is expected to begin the counseling at least six months prior to the wedding. It is the policy of National UMC that our organist, Bruce Caviness, has first right to play for all weddings conducted at National UMC. In special cases where the wedding couple may prefer to ask another musician to play our sanctuary organ, Mr. Caviness must approve the substitute and be satisfied with the musician’s competency and experience.

The wedding ceremony is a religious service and only appropriate music may be chosen. Mr. Caviness is authorized to discuss and approve all musical selections for wedding conducted at National UMC. He will be happy to suggest a rich and varied repertoire of music from which selections may be made.

Since a wedding is a religious ceremony, it is also appropriate to select hymns to be sung by the congregation. Either the minister or the organist will be happy to discuss this with you. If you should desire to use additional instrumentalist for the wedding—i.e., harp, strings, or brass, etc.—you may consult the organist for recommendations or make your own arrangements.

Funerals

“To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know.”
— Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

National UMC and our pastoral team are here to help you honor your loved one's legacy with a "celebration of life" service. 

So that we may have time, space, and pastoral counseling resources to devote to members of our congregation in their times of need and grief, we generally do not conduct funerals or memorial services for non-members. However, you may contact Dona Collary to inquire. 

For our members, there is a beautiful outdoor columbarium adjacent to the Sanctuary of the Metropolitan Memorial Campus.  A columbarium is a lovely and dignified place in which to lay a person’s ashes to rest, and for family to find peace. 

Funeral receptions may be held at the church.  There are fees associated with holding any funeral or memorial service at the church. 

For resources on bereavement, click here. 

Baptisms

Baptism is one of two sacraments celebrated by United Methodists. At National UMC, we are eager and happy to welcome you and your child into our community of faith and love. Parents wishing to have their children baptized must be serious about becoming members of our congregation. Families are encouraged to attend worship services regularly before requesting a baptism to make sure that National UMC is a good fit for their families.

Parents’ next step is to contact the Director of Children’s Ministries, Rev. Janet Craswell, who will discuss the baptism and find a mutually agreeable Sunday morning in which the baptism can be performed. To facilitate the process, please complete the online baptism request form below. 

Next the parents will meet with the pastor conducting the baptism to discuss its meaning and implications, and to continue to attend worship services at National UMC. This meeting is held after the date for the baptism is set, but before it occurs.

The morning of the baptism, families may reserve seats for extended family members and friends. Photographs may be taken during the ceremony if no flash is used. Photographs may also be taken before and after the worship service in the sanctuary. Members of the congregation are invited to greet and congratulate the family after the worship service either during the coffee hour or after the worship service.

If you are an adult who would like to baptized, who has not been previously baptized, please contact Rev. Dr. Charles Parker.

 

Baptism Request Form

 
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Child's Name *
Child's Name
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Request Date of Baptism *
Request Date of Baptism
During which Worship Service? *