Hickory Grove Baptist Church offers facilities for Church members to use to have weddings, wedding rehearsals, and wedding receptions. The goal of a wedding at Hickory Grove is to take the man and the woman from engagement to the wedding day to bring about a marriage that glorifies God and shows the world the gospel of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5).
If you are interested in having your wedding at Hickory Grove please read over the Statement of Marriage along with Weddings at Hickory Grove section before clicking on link at bottom to fill out Inquiry Form. Once your form is submitted, it will be reviewed and you will hear a response within 5 business days.
Since the days of Eden, when God declared that “A man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24), marriage has been historically understood as the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime. However, in recent decades this bedrock institution of civilization has been slowly redefined into something altogether foreign from God’s original design. Therefore, it is imperative that the Christian have a biblical understanding of marriage.
Statement of Marriage
Here are three foundational truths from the Scripture:
- Marriage is biblically understood as the union of one biological man and one biological woman. In Genesis 2, God initiates the institution of marriage as the heterosexual union of Adam and Eve, indicating this as his exclusive design by commanding them to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28). All sexual activity outside of the covenant of heterosexual marriage is understood as immorality.
- Marriage is biblically understood as a covenant commitment for a lifetime.In Matthew 19, Jesus declares that when a couple marries, “they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matt. 19:6). That is, marriage is not merely a social agreement between a man and a woman but a covenant sanctioned by God that man should not separate.
- Marriage is biblically understood to reveal the union between Christ and His church.In Ephesians 5, Paul indicates that God’s design for marriage is a profound mystery that “refers to Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:32). That is, marriage is a picture of the gospel, whereby a couple models the way God relates to His people. This is done when husbands sacrificially love their wives as Christ loved the church and when wives willingly submit to their husband’s headship as the church submits to Christ’s headship.
Therefore, we take the biblical institution of marriage very seriously at Hickory Grove. Our desire, in accordance with Hebrews 13:4, is that “marriage be held in honor among all.”
You must adhere to the following five points in order to be married at Hickory Grove:
- Hickory Grove believes the Bride/Groom applying for the use of the facility to have their wedding be an active member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church for a minimum of six (6) months before making an application for use of the facilities.
- The Bible is also clear that we are to flee any appearance of sexual immorality (I Corinthians 6:18, Ephesians 5:3) so the church excludes the use of the facility or officiating ministers in instances where couples are living together before marriage.
- Getting married at Hickory Grove Baptist Church means that a member of our ministerial staff must officiate at the ceremony.
- Hickory Grove offers all couples married at our church the opportunity to work with our on-staff Wedding Coordinator/Director. She is here to ensure that all aspects of your wedding—including the rehearsal, ceremony and reception—are planned and executed with the greatest care and in a God-honoring manner.
- Hickory Grove requires couples to complete marital counseling by the church prior to the wedding ceremony.
Forms and Resources
Email Kim Shartzer (Wedding Coordinator/Director) for questions or call Kim at 704-531-4009.