Weddings

The Meaning of Marriage in our Community

Welcome to St. John’s Presbyterian Church!

We are delighted that you are considering St. John’s as a place to celebrate your wedding. We feel our sanctuary is a sacred place that invokes the blessings and love of the Holy Spirit. We are a progressive Christian community, affirming of individuals and families of all shapes and sizes, with a strong tradition of a biblical commitment to justice and peace. Our motivation and identity are birthed and sustained primarily through meeting the presence of God in worship.

We believe that marriage is a gift God has given to humankind for the well being of family. Marriage is also a civil contract between a couple. The presiding minister usually plays a dual role of civil servant and Spirit facilitator. For Christians, marriage is a spiritual commitment of life-long love between two people, blessed by God and witnessed by family and the congregation.

While some couples choose to use our facility, others also enlist one of our ministers in officiating. If one of our ministers is officiating, there are certain things couples should be aware of. First and foremost, the spiritual role is primary for the ministers of St. John’s. This means we will perform weddings in accordance with the theology of our faith community regardless of whether it is recognized by the State. Here at St. John’s we believe God affirms the commitment of love between two people regardless of gender. All couples are held to the same standard.

If a couple is to be married by one of our ministers, at least one of the two to be married must be a member of the Presbyterian church (you are welcome to join St. John’s if you are not already a member of another church). In addition, the couple must attend premarital counseling. All relationships have both positive and negative aspects and we are all in need of God’s grace. The counseling will enable the minister to point out some of those areas in the relationship that may need growth and grace. The minister makes a subjective decision about whether this is a viable “healthy-enough” relationship that God desires to bless. It is rare, but due to unresolved issues or relationships that seem to solidify dysfunction, the minister may choose to not perform the wedding. Again, we want people to succeed in their love commitments, so we will be rooting for you.

The space here at St. John’s gives testimony to the commitment and love of the members of St. John’s to their relationship with the Spirit of all life and the community of Christians we call the Church. Our space is intended for use by those who acknowledge the Divine Spirit of life through faith. Within this community, we pray for God’s blessing upon your life and marriage, and leave with you an open invitation to join us in worship.

We pray that each of our relationships may embody love and integrity, shown through the relationship God has with human beings. Perhaps most of all, we affirm the grace and forgiveness offered by God that empowers us to love one another despite our imperfections and fallibility.



We pray that your marriage, wherever the ceremony may be held, may have this great blessing of grace. May your relationship reflect and connect you with the beauty and love that is the living core of all life.
Preparation and Regulations

Weddings, rehearsals and receptions are arranged through the Church office. Specific arrangements will be determined by St. John’s Wedding Coordinator* and the Wedding couple.St. John’s clergy is available for ceremonies where at least one of the two people to be married is Christian. Ceremonies officiated by other clergy and non-Christian ceremonies must be approved by St. John’s.

Pastor Max Lynn

St. John’s organ is a nationally famous 22-stop tracker action pipe organ built in 1979 by John Brombaugh. Our piano is a 7-foot Boesendorfer. You may choose your own Organist and Pianist, or our Director of Music**, to accompany your musical ensembles. If you wish to bring your own Organist or Pianist, permission must be obtained from the Director of Music. There is a $100 fee for the use of the organ or piano.

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Paper aisle runners (no cloth or plastic) are permitted from the foot of the steps to the back of the pews. The distance is 50 feet. Runners must be secured with Gaffer’s tape, or pins, along the edges to prevent from buckling.Flower arrangements are to be arranged by the Wedding Party . The Church has two wrought iron candelabras and flower stands for use. Flowers may be left in the Church after the wedding service.Flower petals and confetti are not permitted.Birdseed may be thrown outside.Please use pew clips to fasten adornments to the pews. There are twelve Pew rows. Candles brought into the Sanctuary must be dripless. Our candelabras require 14 candles.No flash photography or extra lighting is to be used during the Wedding service. This equipment may be used as the couple enters the church building, and as the couple leaves the chancel and exit from the Sanctuary. Please present the marriage certificate to the officiating minister at the rehearsal. The minister will return the signed marriage certificate after the service. Ushers should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the Wedding service. If Ushers are standing with the Wedding party, remember to designate others to seat late arrivals.St. John’s 55-car parking garage is used by all of the Center’s users. Guaranteed parking is available at a cost of $5 per car per day on weekends only. During the hours of 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Saturday, the Coordinator will request that the neighborhood’s 2-hour parking restrictions not be enforced around the Church during the Wedding and Reception. However, this cooperation cannot be guaranteed.Due with the completed Wedding application is a Reservation Deposit of $300 and a refundable Security deposit of $250. The Reservation Deposit is nonrefundable and will not be returned for cancellations. Overtime, damage and special cleaning charges will be billed to your account and deducted from the Security Deposit. The Security Deposit will be returned to you within 2 weeks after the Wedding. Rates are good for up to one year after agreement is signed.Wedding Flowers

Contact Us

*Wedding Coordinator is Kimberly L. Satterfield: at weddings@stjohnsberkeley.org. Our Coordinator will meet with you on your rehearsal and wedding day.

Organist is Jamie Apgar. Fee will be determined by Organist.

For more information, contact Kimberly Satterfield at weddings@stjohnsberkeley.org. or by text (510) 410-4067.


 

Fees

Contracted time begins with the Wedding party’s designated arrival and ends with the Wedding party’s designated departure time.Weddings in the Sanctuary are based on 5.5 hours time for:
• Rehearsal (1.5 hours)
• Before the Ceremony preparation (2 hours)
• Ceremony (1 hour)
• Photograph-taking and Cleanup (1 hour)

Use of the Reception areas are based on 6 hours time for:
• Reception preparation (2 hours)
• Reception (3 hours)
• CleanUp (1 hour)
Clean up is the responsibility of Wedding Party and they will be in charge of making sure that all the rooms that were used by Wedding Party are in the same condition in which they were found. Elaborate set-ups must be submitted at least 4 weeks before Wedding.
Wine, beer and champagneare allowed (no hard liquor). All bottles must be removed from the premises.

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Rate applies to Weddings for 350 people or less; includes use of 2 microphones, sound booth operator, tables and chairs, two wrought iron candelabras and flower stands, 1.5 hours of rehearsal time, our Wedding Coordinator* and rehearsal in Sanctuary. Does not include Music. To determine fee, please speak with the wedding coordinator.

4 HOUR RENTAL (INCLUDES 1.5 HOUR REHEARSAL)

Member $550, Non-member $1000

6 HOUR RENTAL (INCLUDES 1.5 HOUR REHEARSAL)

Member $750, Non-member $1200

7 HOUR RENTAL (INCLUDES 1.5 HOUR REHEARSAL)

Member $850 , Non-member $1300

ST. JOHN’S CLERGY

Minister Member $250, Non-member $500

ORGANIST OR PIANIST**

Set by resident organist

DRIPLESS CANDLES

(14 for candelabras)
Member & Non-member $28









Reception Fees

Hunter Hall, Fireside and Kitchen

Rate applies for 200 people or less, in conjunction with Sanctuary wedding only. Rate includes use of tables and chairs, portable PA sound system, microphone and stand, Coordinator*, and kitchen.

6 HOUR RENTAL

Member $150, Non Member $700

5 HOUR RENTAL

Member $200, Non Member $825

ADD Patio

Member $50, Non Member $100

Small Wedding & Reception Fees

Fireside Room and Kitchen … OR …
Campbell Room and Kitchen … OR …
Patio and Kitchen

Rate applies for 60 people or less. Includes use of tables and chairs, portable PA sound system, microphone and stand, Wedding Coordinator, and kitchen.

4 HOUR RENTAL

Member $100, Non-member $500

5 hour rental

Member $125, Non-member $600

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Wedding Application PDF

 

 


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
New International Version (NIV)