Weddings At The Meeting Place Church Nanaimo
Our desire at The Meeting Place is to offer you the tools and resources you need to have a healthy, lasting, strong marriage!
If you wish to request a pastor from TMP for your wedding ceremony, simply download our Wedding Application Form and return it to the address on the bottom of the form, or email it to us. We receive a large number of requests for wedding services so the sooner you get your application in the better.
Once we receive your request we will contact you to confirm that the date you have selected for your wedding ceremony is available, and provide further information.
Please note the following:
It is our perspective that investing in premarital counseling can make a significant difference in the long-term health and viability of a marriage, and we require that a couple receive such prior to the wedding date.
The cost for premarital counseling is $300 and includes the following:
- A copy of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman.
- A diagnostic program from Prepare/Enrich Canada which includes an in depth couple inventory.
- Three 1-on1 couple/counselor sessions
You will also be asked to provide a min $200 honorarium for the pastor officiating at your ceremony.
Since your spirituality is comprised of your answers to the deepest questions of life, like 'Why am I here?", "What is the meaning of my life?", "Where am I going?", TMP will marry two professing Christians or two people who are not professing Christians with similar spiritual desires, but we cannot, in good conscience, marry a couple where only one is a professing Christian. This is based on our understanding of II Corinthians 6:14 (two people heading in different spiritual directions) and our experience with the tension created from a couple not sharing a common spiritual foundation.
We believe that God’s ideal for our sexuality is for it to be expressed in the monogamous commitment of marriage. Pre-marital sex often masks issues and keeps couples from learning emotional intimacy, friendship and communication independent of sexual intimacy. If a couple is dependent on a sexual relationship to be happy and content together before marriage, the more important foundations for a lasting marriage are often underdeveloped. For these reasons, we ask couples to honor God’s expressed desire for their sexuality (Hebrews 13:4) and abstain from sex, whether from the beginning of the relationship or from this moment on, until their marriage.