Members Adopt Marriage Equality Resolution
On Sunday, September 24, 2017 members of FUMC adopted a resolution to discontinue marriage ceremonies at its facilities in order to align its wedding policies with its strongly-held principle of full inclusion of all persons. This resolution creates a policy that treats weddings of opposite-sex and same-sex couples equally but does not violate the United Methodist Church Book of Discipline. The measure was approved by 93% of the members present and voting.
While FUMC has enacted a moratorium on weddings on church property, all three pastors will continue to offer blessings, prayers or homilies for couples who desire to marry off-site, regardless of sexual orientation. FUMC pastors will also work closely with clergy of other denominations who are permitted to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.
FUMC will continue to work with other UMC congregations in Texas and beyond to advocate for change in United Methodist Church policies that discriminate against LGBTQ persons. For more information, visit www.fumcaustin.org/discernment.
First United Methodist Church of Austin offers many options for marrying couples to consider when planning their wedding.
A small chapel suited for smaller, more intimate gatherings. It has beautiful stained glass windows with a seating capacity for 120 guests. It is a cozy, warm chapel with the comfort of love surrounding you.
The Sanctuary has a seating capacity of 750, including the balcony area. However, the average wedding size is normally 200 – 300 guests. The setting is very traditional with a center aisle & four (4) side aisles. We have a magnificent pipe organ as well as a beautiful baby grand piano. The stained glass windows are stunning. The acoustics are exceptional. The FUMC Sanctuary is, indeed, a glorious place for a wedding.
Weddings are normally scheduled for Saturdays with the rehearsal on Friday evenings. We do not schedule weddings on Sundays, Holidays, or during the month of December.
The staff will be happy to help you plan your event. We have a wedding coordinator that will work with you and/or your wedding planner to insure you have a wonderfully planned memory.
Family Life Center
We have additional space for reserving your reception in our Schmidt/Jones Family Life Center. These facilities include a fully functional commercial kitchen. This facility can handle up to 500 guests and seating for 350. However, we do not allow smoking or alcohol on the premises. Caterers are always welcome.
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