Weddings at St. John's, Tower Grove
All of the pictures in the sidebar are by Tim McDermott, at the wedding of Jennifer Bradburn & Jon Harman on September 1, 2007.
St. John's, Tower Grove, is a beautiful, historic church, as you can see from the photos in the sidebar. St. John's, Tower Grove, has the most complete set of church windows by Davis & Chambers, who most famously created the great stained glass windows at Union Station downtown. Needless to say, we have hosted many weddings at St. John's, Tower Grove.
A wedding - whether Holy Matrimony for a heterosexual couple or the Witness & Blessings of a Lifelong Covenant for a homosexual couple - is only the formal beginning of a couple's life together.* A wedding is a sacramental rite - the outward and visible sign of the inward, spiritual, God-centered, lifelong covenant that two persons are making together. Heterosexual couples who wish to be married at St. John's, Tower Grove must already be active members of the congregation. According to the Diocese of Missouri's Guidelines, The Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright is only permitted to officiate at the Witness & Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant for homosexual couples who are already active members of St. John's, Tower Grove and we want to treat all couples as equally as possible.
* The type of wedding ceremony used for a trans* couple is at the discretion of Bishop G. Wayne Smith, with input from Pastor Amy.
In order for the Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright to officiate at the wedding of any couple, the couple must complete at least four sessions of pre-marital counseling withher, plus at least two other sessions to discuss the wedding ceremony (at least six sessions total). The workbook that is used for counseling is called The Marriage Journey by Del Glover and Linda Grenz.
In the case of a second marriage for one or both members of a heterosexual couple or in the case of a wedding for a homosexual couple, the Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright will need to work with the couple to complete forms which must be submitted to the Rt. Rev. G. Wayne Smith, the Bishop of Missouri, at least two months prior to the scheduled wedding. Bishop Smith must grant Rev. Amy permission to officiate at the second marriages of heterosexual couples and at the weddings of homosexual couples.
St. John's, Tower Grove, may be rented for weddings performed by other clergy, at the discretion of The Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright, the Vestry, and/or Bishop G. Wayne Smith (depending on the circumstances).
The suggested donations for a wedding at St. John's, Tower Grove are
$500.00 to St. John's, as compensation to St. John's for the priest's time preparing for the wedding ($750.00 if the wedding is off-site)
$200.00 to use St. John's Main Church for the wedding ceremony (not air conditioned, includes basic set up and clean up by cleaning staff)
- $150.00 to use the St. John's Parish Hall (air conditioned)
- $150.00 for an organist/pianist arranged through St. John's (or, you may hire your own musicians)
- Donations may be designated for the St. John's Building Fund or for the Peace Meal Project (St. John's feeding ministry)
- The Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright is sometimes asked to provide counseling to a couple who are to be married by another priest or clergy person. The donation for counseling sessions is TBD with Rev. Amy.