Wedding Policy
First Baptist Church
Carthage, Tennessee


The wedding date should be scheduled in the church office.

No wedding will be permitted that does not coincide with established tenets of the church policy as recorded in the church Constitution and By-Laws.  (See below for statement of faith and church covenant related to marriage.)

No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the church or the fellowship hall.

No smoking in the church building or the fellowship hall.

There is a clean-up fee payable directly to Jeanne Nesbitt; you contact here at 735-2922 and tell her the date and time of the rehearsal and the date and time of the wedding so she can schedule clean-up time. You are responsible for paying the clean-up fee before the rehearsal and the wedding.

Non-members shall pay a $100.00 fee for use of the church building for rehearsals and weddings. This fee is to be paid in person at the church office five days prior to the rehearsal and wedding dates. If payment is by check it should be made payable to First Baptist Church.

Any items that are moved on the platform area should be replaced after the wedding by those who move them. This is especially important if the wedding is on a Saturday night because of our scheduled services on Sunday.


If the organ is to be used during the wedding or rehearsal, you must contact our Music Director or church organist. Approval must be given prior to anyone playing the organ. 

If the sound system is to be used, arrangements must be made with the audio-visual committee to have someone to assist with its use. Jerry Wilmore, Stephen Russell or Jerimiah Wilkerson are our audio-visual contacts to make arrangements for use of the sound and/or video equipment. You are responsible for paying an applicable fees for their services.

Rice is not to be used because it is very difficult to get out of carpet. Bird seed may be used outside.

All lights in the building must be turned off and all heat/air conditioning must be turned off before leaving the building.

No keys to the church building will be given to non-members. You must contact the church office to make arrangements for the opening and closing of the building. You are responsible for paying any applicable fees.

I have read, and understand, and agree to the terms of this policy.

Signed _____________________________________________________

Date _______________________________


Date of Wedding ________________________ Time _____________________

Name of Bride _______________________________________________________

Church Membership ___________________________________________________

Address of Bride _____________________________________________________


Phone Number of Bride ______________________________________

Name of Groom ______________________________________________________

Church Membership ___________________________________________________

Address of Groom ____________________________________________________


Phone Number of Groom ______________________________________

Clean-up Fee Paid ___________________ Date _________________

Building Fee Paid ____________________ Date _________________

Organist Fee Paid ____________________ Date _________________

Sound Fee Paid ______________________ Date _________________

Open/Close Fee Paid _________________ Date _________________
__ I have read and will abide by the Statement of Faith Related to Marriage.

Statement of Faith Related to Marriage - From Church Constitution
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

Church Covenant Related to Marriage - From Church Constitution
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.