A Church wedding signifies a covenanted commitment that has its foundation in the faithfulness of God’s love in Christ. The presiding minister acts as a representative of the Church in asking God’s blessing on the marriage. The congregation joins in affirming the marriage and in offering support and thanksgiving for the new family. 

Marriage is compared by the Apostle Paul to the mystical union between Christ and the Church, a relationship of total self-giving and unconditional love. Therefore, it should not be entered into lightly or casually, but reverently, with the deepest commitment and a life-long decision to love. 

Beautiful weddings have been held in our Sanctuary and our Chapel on Bell Street and on the Labyrinth in the Memorial Gardens at our Family Life Center. The Family Life Center is also a beautiful venue for a wedding reception.

Couples desiring to be married in the Sanctuary or the Chapel of The Federated Church at 76 Bell Street should first confer with Melinda Smith (  in the Church Office. She will check the Church calendar to be sure appropriate space is available on the desired date. (Non-members and inactive members are welcome to rent the Federated Church for their ceremony, however, in order to reserve priority use of the facilities for active participants, space cannot be reserved by non-members prior to 12 months before the event.  This restriction does not apply to wedding ceremonies held at the Family Life Center in conjunction with a reception there.)

For weddings in the Sanctuary or Chapel at 76 Bell Street a Federated minister must officiate, or participate in, the ceremony so one of our ministers should then be contacted by the couple to check his or her availability, to arrange for premarital counseling and to plan the service.  This policy does not apply to weddings at the Family Life Center.  For weddings and receptions at the Family Life Center, contact the church at 440-247-6490 and you will be directed to the contractor who shows and books that venue for the church.

• Rev. Hamilton Coe Throckmorton, Senior Pastor (
• Rev. Mark Simone, Associate Pastor (

A Wedding Guide is available to help you in planning your service at Federated.  It contains important information about fees and policies.