Couples are invited to consider holding your Marriage ceremony in the historic, heritage listed Riverstone Uniting Church, which was built in 1882. The Church can be inspected by arrangement with the Minister. Just use the Enquiry form on this page to contact him.
The Marriage ceremony is usually conducted by the minister of the church, to whom first enquiries are made. Ministers / Pastors from other Uniting Church parishes or other denominations are often invited to share in the Service, if invited to do so by the couple being married.
The Marriage Service itself follows the Order of Service authorised by the Uniting Church in Australia.
Riverxtone Uniting Church multi-function centre holds over 100 people comfortably. The Heritage Church holds 50 people and is suitable for smaller weddings. The multi-function centre is suitable for wedding receptions.
The church is close to railway station and has plenty of car parking.
The following is a copy of the Brochure prepared as information for prospective Bridal couples:
Congratulations on deciding to take this major step in your lives. The following information is provided to help you with your preparation. We do all we can to help you make your important day as memorable as possible. Attached is a copy of an Information Sheet which the Minister will fill in with you at the first Interview.
A Notice of Intended Marriage Form is to be completed and signed no later than one month and one day and no earlier than eighteen months before the day of your Wedding. Normally this is done at the first meeting with the Minister conducting the Marriage Service, unless previously arranged.
Proof of age (Birth Certificate or Passport) is required by Law for both parties to the Marriage.
If either party has been previously married then proof of eligibility to re-marry is also required (e.g. Divorce Decree Absolute or Death Certificate of previous spouse).
Two witnesses, aged 18 years or over, are required to be present at the ceremony and to sign the official Marriage documents.
PREPARATION FOR MARRIAGE
Preparation for your Marriage is essential, and will normally include at least two interview sessions with the Minister. These sessions give an opportunity to discuss aspects of Christian Marriage and to plan details of your Marriage Service. A rehearsal of the Marriage Service is arranged as close as practicable to the date of the Marriage.
An Invitation To Attend Worship Services and to take part in the life of this church is extended to you if you are not already involved in a Church. We believe that attending Worship can be a helpful element in your marriage preparation; in understanding the elements of Christian Marriage, and in helping provide a firm foundation for your married life together.
The Marriage Ceremony:
Your Marriage Ceremony is a Christian Service of Worship. This means that the Minister is responsible for everything that happens at the Service.
The Marriage Ceremony is outlined in the booklet given at the initial Interview. You are invited to read it carefully, noting the choices available. You choose as desired and necessary in consultation with the Minister.
Please make any final arrangements regarding musicians, soloists, music to be played, etc,, only after these matters have been discussed with the Minister. Your Wedding Ceremony can be celebrated outside of the Church building, e.g. a garden setting, but please first confirm the suitability of the venue with the Minister before finalising such arrangements.
Photographers and Videotaping:
Taking of photographs during the service is certainly welcome. If you wish to have your wedding service videotaped, there are certain restrictions because of Copyright Regulations, which need to be observed. Ask the Minister for details.
The honoraria of $500 provides for the use of the Church, the Minister, Organist, Church Officer, flowers, administration, marriage preparation, etc. A $100 non-returnable Booking Fee is requested.
Our Church Hall is available as a venue for Wedding Receptions. It is also available for hire for other functions by groups and individuals. The rates are determined according to different purposes. Please contact us for details.