The church is a wonderful place for a wedding, but it is even a better place for a marriage!
Because St. James' has been blessed with a beautiful physical church building that is located in the heart of historic Leesburg, our Church Office receives about five to ten phone calls each week about the availability of the church building to "hold a wedding." However, the people of St. James' believe that marriage is a Sacrament which must be entered into, and lived out, within a community of faith.
Therefore, while questions about the availability of the church building are important, they are rightly asked only after other questions have been asked and answered. For example:
In other words, St. James' does not under any circumstances "rent" the church as a wedding location. Persons without church affiliation or who have no intention of living out their marriage in the context of a faith community are more appropriately married by a civil authority.
At the same time, St. James' always welcomes new members, and heartily welcomes couples who are sincerely searching for a church home. The best way to determine if St. James' is the faith community in which a couple wishes to live out their vows is for the couple themselves to worship with us a few Sundays, and then contact Kay Gregg, our wedding coordinator. She can explain the details of required membership classes, pre-marriage counseling requirements, and other policies and guidelines of St. James'.