Wedding Policies

Congratulations on your engagement!  The Staff of First Baptist Church Gray Gables wish to extend every possible courtesy to you so that your wedding will be a relaxed and sacred event exalting and glorifying God.  It is our desire to assist you in planning a Biblical Christ-centered wedding.  Believing that marriage is a holy and sacred gift from God, it is our desire that couples approach marriage according to Biblical standards and in a way that is pleasing to God.  In His Word, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him”. (Genesis 2:18)  “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”  (Genesis 2:24We celebrate many weddings every year at FBCGG and take great joy in these occasions.  A wedding ceremony is a spiritual covenant with God.  Everything pertaining to the wedding must be viewed and planned in that context in order to tie the hand and hearts of couples to Christ and His church.  We strive to establish a relationship with each couple because you are special in God’s eyes and in our eyes, as well.  We want to provide you with a ceremony that is joyful, reverent, and memorable for you and your guests.

Wedding Ministry

First Baptist Church Gray Gables provides wedding services for members only.  Due to the heavy scheduling of our facilities for church programs and weddings, we regret that we cannot allow non-members to use our facilities.  Due to our Biblical convictions, our Pastoral Staff does not perform wedding ceremonies of any person’s that are currently living together (Genesis 2.24).  Furthermore, since the Bible only endorses heterosexual marriages and condemns homosexuality as sin, our Pastoral Staff will not even consider hosting a ceremony of any kind for homosexual couples (Genesis 2.18; Romans 1.18-32).  Please download and review the full WeddingPolicies.

Pre-marital Counseling:

All couples must be counseled by a First Baptist Church Gray Gables Staff Minister and released in order to book a wedding date on the church calendar.  No wedding date will be booked prior to counseling. At the completion of the premarital counseling process, your wedding date will be confirmed on the church calendar. Please check our website for any information regarding weddings at FBC Gray Gables. If you are unable to find the answer to your questions regarding wedding services, preparation and policies at FBC Gray Gables, contact the Church Office at 879 – 2986.

Steps to Follow Before Your Wedding:

Please be advised that you should begin planning as quickly as possible. A 10 month planning time is best. Please click on the link for a copy our wedding policy. This should answer most of your questions. Once you are in agreement with the policy, please print out 2 copies of the Pre-Marital Counseling Questionnaire.  Upon completion by both the bride and groom, both sets should be mailed to:

                                     FBC Gray Gables

                                    Pre-Marital Counseling

                                    PO Box 629

                                    Callahan, Florida 32011

You may also drop them off at the Church Office.  Upon approval, you will be contacted to schedule your Pre-martial Counseling sessions.  We expect the process to be efficient, so please help us by being as thorough as possible in following the guidelines given.  Thank you!