BAPTISMS & WEDDINGS
Baptisms at First Presbyterian
BAPTISM IS A SACRAMENT
At First Presbyterian of Ypsilanti, all are welcome to be baptized at the church who profess faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and wish to affiliate with the congregation, please contact Pastor Keith for more information.
Baptism is not simply a festive ceremony in which families gather to celebrate their newest member. It is much more! Baptism is a Sacrament in which the family reaffirms their faith in Christ as Savior, and as Christians declare their desire and intention to raise their child in the Christian faith.
The term “sacrament” implies that something sacred is happening. Different Christian denominations will differ over what they recognize as sacraments. Some accept as many as seven different sacraments while others have none. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recognizes two sacraments – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We understand these two actions to be sacraments, “instituted by God and commended by Christ. Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God's action. Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service." (Book of Order W-1.3033.2)
Getting Married at First Presbyterian
We at First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti take the covenant of marriage very seriously. We understand it as one of the great mysteries of God. A wedding is not just a ceremony, but the uniting of man and woman together as one by the power of God. Marriage is an act of wholeness. Each finds mutual fulfillment in the other.
A Christian wedding is a holy covenant, and should be respectfully treated like other worship services. Like all true worship experiences, it is not to be a private affair, but a public ceremony. We should want the world to know, just as we should boldly acknowledge our relationship to Christ.
A Christian wedding is a worship service that focuses upon marriage as a gift of God and an expression of the Christian life. The marriage ceremony, music and decorations should be appropriate to a place of worship and should reflect the integrity and simplicity of Christian living.
We at First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti encourage couples to be married in our church and we will work to help make the day very special for all concerned. We only ask that those coming here to be married follow the church’s policies, and participate in premarital counseling and the other guidelines that follow.
If you have any questions, please call the church at (734) 482-1525.
WEDDING POLICY & FEES
Getting married is one of the most wonderful and blessed events in life. The church staff want to help prepare you for marriage and have a wonderful wedding as such we require every couple to prepare for their marriage by being counseled by the pastoral staff or a marriage counselor or retreat weekend.
The pastoral staff are trained in using materials from Prepare/Enrich (Life Innovations).
We also recommend the resources of Drs. Les & Leslie Parrot at Real Relationships.com.