You’re engaged. Time to celebrate!
Your Big Day
We are thrilled that you are getting married and that you’d think of us for your big day.
Christ Chapel Wedding Venues:
Fort Worth Campus
Sanctuary – Seats approx. 1,500 people.
(Typically booked for ceremonies with 200 to 300 guests.)
Chapel – Seats 450 guests
(Typically booked for ceremonies with 100 to 250 guests.)
Worship Center – Seats approx. 400 people. Typically booked for ceremonies with 200 to 300 guests.
All venues cost $700 to rent.
Guidelines for marriage
Our pastors consider it a great honor to officiate weddings and believe that it’s not only a privilege, but also a responsibility to help couples build solid marriages. Over the years, they have discovered five basic elements that greatly strengthen the foundations of any marriage relationship. They’ve also learned that it’s wisest, when any of these elements is missing, to excuse themselves from officiating.
- Adequate preparation: Marriage is a complex relationship meriting careful preparation. A couple needs to understand what marriage is and what changes and sacrifices it will require. Decisions need to be made as to core values, goals and key issues such as childbearing/rearing and financial policies. At CCBC, marriage preparation is mandatory and is begun at least three months prior to the date of the wedding. This will allow a couple to demonstrate maturity and readiness in the above areas. A couple may reserve the building and schedule a pastor to perform the ceremony with the understanding that the arrangements are contingent upon the completion of these mentoring sessions.
- Parental/family approval: Marriage unites not just individuals, but also families. Much grief can be avoided if careful steps are taken to gain the extended family’s approval of a marriage. Exceptions can be made upon evaluating the motives of dissenting parents/family members and their reasons for resisting the marriage (cf. Exo. 20:12; Prov. 6:20; 23:22, 30:17).
- Spiritual harmony: Marriage is based on shared spiritual and moral values. Thus, if one person is a believer in Jesus Christ and draws their spiritual center from His Word, it is vital that his or her mate also be a believer in Jesus Christ with a similar spiritual orientation (2 Cor. 6:14-18).
- Moral Purity: Because Christian marriage is based on biblical morality, ongoing cohabitation or sexual involvement before marriage constitutes a violation of God’s standards of moral purity. It is vital that a Christian couple keep themselves sexually pure as a firm foundation for a lasting relationship in marriage (Acts 15:29; Eph. 5:3; 1 Thess. 4:3; Heb. 13:4).
- Permissible grounds: Scripture is very clear about God’s plan for the permanence of marriage (Matt. 19; Mark 10) and His heartbreak when divorce occurs. God hates divorce for what it does to people and for what it does to the honor of God. Nevertheless, we are painfully aware that divorce can and does occur in the lives of some believers under various circumstances. The topic of divorce and remarriage has been a personal, difficult and much-debated issue throughout the history of the church, but we believe that we are all called to live according to our understanding of the will of God as expressed in Scripture. The church, as a spiritual family with commitment to honoring Christ and showing earnest love for each other, should be ready to minister forgiveness, healing, reproof, correction and restoration whenever appropriate. Those commitments are the basis for the attached guidelines which are given to reflect our understanding regarding questions of divorce and re-marriage.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any circumstances that might prohibit your ability to sign the above guidelines, we’d love to talk with you. Contact the Events Director at 817-546-0181 and they will connect you with a pastor on staff.
Well, first there are a few important things to know:
- Christ Chapel wedding venues are available to church members and regular attenders.
- Weddings cannot be booked more than 12 months ahead of time.
- After paying the rental, couples must meet with a Christ Chapel wedding director for orientation. Important: Only at the end of this meeting are you officially booked.
- An approved premarital program is required for any couple getting married at Christ Chapel. (We’ll explain more about this at the orientation.)
- We leave it to couples to arrange an officiant for their service — whether that’s a Christ Chapel or someone else that you know.
Now that we have those things settled, here’s how to book:
- Complete and submit the Wedding Date Request Form.
- Once approved, pay the $700 fee.
- Attend the Wedding Orientation within a few weeks of paying the fee.
(Only after the orientation will you be fully booked.)
Christ Chapel requires that all couples booking a CCBC wedding complete either AVENEW, Marriage Mentoring or a CCBC-approved premarital counseling program. Within 30 days of booking your wedding, you will need to contact the Events Director to discuss options for satisfying this requirement. Completing either of these options qualifies you for the “Twogether in Texas” certificate that offers a discount when you apply for your Texas marriage license.
AVENEW is designed to get you and your significant other on the same path in your relationship. We’ve identified 12 major areas of life that collide when two imperfect people become one, and we believe that when you identify and discuss these in the context of biblical community, you’ll be ready to face the highs and lows together! Spend 12 sessions investing in your relationship and find an AVENEW that’s right for you at the button below. The cost of the program is $50 per couple.
The program pairs you with a mentor couple that’s been married for at least 15 years and has a healthy, godly marriage. (Note: We didn’t say perfect. No perfect couples here.) You’ll meet together for six sessions that last 2-3 hours each. The cost of the program is $90. Please submit Marriage Mentoring requests no sooner than three to five months prior to wedding date.
GUIDELINES FOR DEALING WITH DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE AT CHRIST CHAPEL BIBLE CHURCH
Although we believe that marriage is a sacred union, we know that life isn’t perfect. If you have been divorced, Christ Chapel would still love to consider hosting and/or officiating your wedding. However, we have some specific guidelines and official policies regarding remarriage and divorce. To read them, download the PDFs below.