Olmsted Community Church is pleased to share in this ministry of your special day. Your wedding can be personalized to reflect your love as a couple. Our pastor will provide specific help in planning this celebration of God's love and your commitment to one another.
Olmsted Community Church has a special ministry in helping couples celebrate their love and commitment in a beautiful and worshipful setting. You don't have to be a member of our church to be united here, but we encourage you to celebrate your ceremony in a church where you worship regularly and where you plan to locate yourselves as your spiritual community of faith. Many couples consider our church an excellent place to learn about God and grow in faith.
Our regular services are held on Sundays at 10AM in the Sanctuary. We also have a Saturday service at 5PM in the Chapel. You're welcome to join us for worship any time. And our minister is available for pastoral care before and after your ceremony.
Olmsted Community Church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ in covenanted mission activities of Jesus Christ in the world. We welcome inquiries from all couples.
Our goal is to work with you to bring the best of traditions and your own personal touch to your service.
The vows you take are the focus of the service at Olmsted Community Church. They contain the promises that you make for a lifetime and need to reflect the sacredness of the moment. Our pastor will review the vows with you at a pre-ceremony counseling session. The traditional vows have been updated to reflect equality between partners and the commitment that you as a couple will be making. We offer an option for adding personal statements after your vows.
We can share some helpful ways for including special persons in your service such as children or families. There are also opportunities to honor the memory of deceased family members. Talk to the pastor about your wishes.
Some couples choose to use a Unity Candle in the ceremony, with one large candle flanked by two smaller ones that the couple lights together reflecting the theme of two who become one. Sand ceremonies are also permitted. The pastor can review this or other symbolic measures with you.
Some couples print programs, but this is a matter of choice. The pastor can guide you on what should be included in the program.
MUSIC FOR YOUR SERVICE
The Sanctuary organ is a 47-rank Casavant Freres pipe organ. A grand piano is also available.
Our church organist plays for services at Olmsted Community Church. The organist can assist in the selection of music that is appropriate for a worshipful ceremony and that matches well with our church's instruments. The church's main website has recommended music to help guide your selection. The organist may be contacted through the church office at (440) 235-3326.
In addition, the organist will work with any soloist or other musicians you wish to participate. Soloists and instrumentalists that require extra rehearsals may result in additional fees for the organist.
Arrangements for other musicians should be discussed with the pastor.
Biblical passages for your ceremony.
Some couples like to involve friends or family members in readings during the ceremony. Here are some suggestions for texts to consider. Talk it over with our pastor who will help you know if a particular reading is appropriate for a worshipful ceremony, or best used at a reception or other gathering.
Most frequently chosen scripture readings:
Old Testament Readings
New Testament Readings
Weddings at Olmsted Community Church are sacred events, and the rehearsal and ceremony should be approached as such. Alcohol and substance use is not acceptable. Encourage and plan for all participants to be in top form.
Use restraint with flowers and decorations. Our beautiful facilities require little adornment. Often one bouquet on the altar is sufficient, but additional flower stands are available. Florists should be informed that care must be taken with pews, altar, and other items in the church. If the florist is providing pew bows, they may be placed in the church on the day of the service.
A photographer and/or videographer can help capture your ceremony. Since this is a service of worship, no flash is permitted during the ceremony. Photos may be arranged for after the service. Church photos must be completed before outdoor photos. During the service, professional photographers may use the balcony and rear side aisles for positioning. Video cameras may be used with a tripod at pre-arranged locations.
We request no aisle runners. The church's aisle is carpeted.
Popular music and soloists accompanied by CDs are best used at the reception or other occasions to preserve the sacred nature of the church ceremony. Talk to the church organist about suggestions.
After the service, rice or birdseed create safety hazards and are not permitted. Alternatives may include bubbles, bells or clapping.
Our experience is that receiving lines are best held at the reception. A church receiving line delays after-ceremony pictures and keeps your guests waiting longer.
To schedule your wedding at OCC, please contact the church office by email or phone (440-235-3326).
Your fees help cover the church’s costs of facility use and staff time.
Sanctuary (seats up to 350), $600
Chapel (seats up to 30), $100
Fellowship Hall and Kitchen for dinners or reception (with tables and chairs to seat up to 150), $250
Outdoor Worship Center, please discuss with pastor
Coordinator (required for sanctuary services), $150
A $200 non-refundable deposit is due for all sanctuary ceremonies at the time of booking. All fees are due one week before the ceremony date. Staff fees are payable to the individual staff members.
If you have financial restraints, we do offer options to keep your costs lower. Please talk to the pastor about options.
Active members of Olmsted Community Church--those who regularly attend and contribute to the life of the church--are provided discounted costs.