Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Feeding the Community, Body and Soul

Policies

 

The Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church allows the use of the Church and the church facilities to community groups and organizations whose purpose is the betterment of the individual through fellowship and education consistent with a Christian place of worship.

Facilities are not available for the following purposes: partisan political, religious inconsistent with Christian values, commercial organizations, or for the presentation of any viewpoint injurious to individual freedom in our society.
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THE CHRISTIAN FUNERAL
Christians recognize the inevitability of death, and the Christian gospel powerfully addresses the reality and experience of death. Christians are expected to affirm their confidence in Christ’s victory over death and the grave and to proclaim that death cannot separate human beings from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Such is the faith by which Christians live and in which Christians die.
The belief of Christians in the resurrection from the dead is not a belief which denies the reality of death or suggests that persons have within them some form of immortality. Rather, it is a belief that God’s love and power are greater than the power of death, so that though we die and cease to exist, we are given new life, a new existence in God’s eternity. All this, Christians affirm because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the first day of the week.
The Christian community has special responsibilities toward persons who are dying and toward those who are bereaved. Persons who are confronted with imminent death should not be isolated from the Christian community nor should members of the community try to convince them that they are not dying. Instead they should be supported with love, and affirmed as persons loved and forgiven by God.
When a person dies, the minister should be notified immediately. The minister, as well as others in the congregation, should go immediately to make contact with the family. It should be remembered that what is important on such an occasion is not what is said, but what is important is one’s presence, and whom and what one represents. The minister should listen and be sensitive to the needs of those bereaved. It is expected that prayer will be offered with the family during the initial contact. If the minister of the congregation is not available, then one or more of the ruling elders should represent the church.
Ministers need to realize that the funeral is a cultural event as well as a religious event. Consequently ministers should be sensitive to the customs regarding death and burial of the dead which are characteristic of each particular community and honor those customs whenever possible. This necessitates that ministers work creatively with funeral directors to ensure that there is adequate understanding of the funeral director with respect to the minister’s theological understanding and practice.
The Christian funeral service is understood as a service of worship and should be approached as such. Thought should be given to the designing of the service, and it is expected that those present will participate in corporate worship. The singing of hymns, reading of scripture, preaching of gospel, confession of sin, affirmation of faith, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper are all appropriate to the Christian funeral service. In designing such a service, the family should be consulted and their desires should influence the shape and design of the service. It is strongly recommended that Christian funerals be conducted at the church. The casket shall be closed at all times during the service of worship.
It is not necessary to have the body or the deceased present for the service for worship which is occasioned by death. Services of worship with the body being absent are recognized as appropriate and equally meaningful as when a casket is present. Such a service may be scheduled before or after the committal service, if the body is to be interred.
The committal service should be performed with dignity and simplicity. It is to be brief, with scripture, prayer and a statement of the Christian hope.
In all matters pertaining to the burial of the dead, ostentation, excessive expense, preoccupation with the cosmetic are to be avoided. The church is encouraged to support the wishes of the family of the bereaved with respect to memorial gifts in lieu of or in addition to flowers. At the church the use of a funeral pall is strongly recommended.
Christians have a responsibility to think through the different acceptable methods for disposing of the body of the one who has died. Persons are urged to consider the matter long before death is imminent and make a decision with respect to the disposition of their bodies at the occasion of death. If the decision has not been made prior to one’s death, the family should be assisted by the minister to examine the options. Interment, cremation and donation of the body for medical purposes are all Christian methods of disposing of the body.

Directory of Worship
Confession of Faith and Government of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1996
 
 

Wedding Policy
WEDDING POLICY
l. Facilities - The facilities of the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church are made available for weddings at no charge to members of the congregation in accordance with policies governing the use of church property.

2. Minister - Weddings taking place at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church must be conducted by one of the pastors of the congregation who will counsel with the couple, interpret the wedding policy of the church, direct the rehearsal, and perform the wedding ceremony. Requests for guest ministers to assist in the ceremony are appropriate. Ministerial etiquette and ethics require that guest ministers be invited by the pastor. The decision to conduct a particular ceremony will be at the sole discretion of the pastor.

3. Sanctuary Appointments - Except for routine cleaning by the church custodian after the service, those using the sanctuary are responsible for special cleaning and repair of damages occurring during the wedding.

a) Only non-drip candles are to be used.
b) Candles used in windows or aisle decorations must be covered by a glass chimney.
c) Protective coverings must be used under candelabra.
d) Pins, tacks, staples and nails may not be used in walls, carpets, furniture, or stairs.
e) Except for floral arrangements left for Sunday services, all decorations must be removed from
the church immediately following the ceremony.
f) The cross, candleholders, paraments and altar appointments are determined by the liturgical
tradition of the church. They are placed by the Chancel Guild and may not be moved.

4. Photographs - Photography by guests or commercial photographers is not allowed in the sanctuary during the ceremony which begins and ends with the first and last note of music. Video cameras may be used as long as they and their operators are out of sight and sound of the congregation.

5. Music - Only music appropriate to the worship of the church may be used in the wedding ceremony. Selections must be approved by the music director. Popular music is appropriate for the reception. Arrangements must be made directly with one of the church organists for playing for the service in accordance with the current fee schedule. If a guest organist is to be used, one of the church organists must certify their ability and familiarity with the church organ.

6. Safety
a) Aisles, exits, and stairways are to be kept clear at all times and may not be obstructed by
decorations or floral arrangements.
b) Rice may not be used in the wedding celebration anywhere on the premises.
Birdseed is permissible at the west entrance to Armitage Hall.
c) The final authority for safety will be local safety and fire codes.

7. Custodian - The church requires the custodian to be present after the wedding and/or reception to assure that the building is put in order for the next day's use.
a) The custodian is responsible only for routine cleaning and restoring order to the building.
b) He is not responsible for:
1) removal of flowers and decorations from the sanctuary,
2) removal of decorations and food service equipment used in the reception,
3) replacement of furnishings used in the reception,
4) removal of clothing and/or cosmetics left by the wedding party.
c) Fees for custodial services must be in accordance with the latest fee schedule and paid prior to
the wedding rehearsal.

WEDDINGS AND HOLY COMMUNION

In the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition, it is appropriate to solemnize a wedding in the context of a service of Word and Sacrament where the Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated. Because of the sanctity of the sacraments and their deep theological significance, the church stipulates certain requirements so as not to profane the holy things of God:

l. Parties requesting the service should be members of the Body of Christ who wish to include the members of the congregation in the covenant act of Holy Communion as an expression of their Christian faith and a witness to the covenant of marriage.

2. All members of the congregation must be invited to the service.

3. All worshipers will be served by the elders of the congregation.

4. The bride and groom will be responsible for selecting the elders to serve.

5. The communion ware will be prepared and the altar set by the members of the chancel guild.

6. Approval to set the wedding in a Service of Word and Sacrament must come from the minister solemnizing the wedding after extensive counsel with the bride and groom.

Facility Use Policy
GREENEVILLE CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
FACILITY USE POLICY

The Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church (hereinafter, the Church) grants the use of church facilities to community groups and organizations whose purpose is the betterment of the individual through fellowship and education consistent with a Christian place of worship.

Facilities are not available for the following purposes: partisan political, religious inconsistent with Christian values, commercial organizations, or for the presentation of any viewpoint injurious to individual freedom in our society.

The Church reserves the right to make the facilities available free of charge for any program it deems merits exception. However, the fact that a group is permitted to meet at the Church does not in any way constitute endorsement of the group's policies or beliefs. Any permit to use Church facilities is revocable and non-transferable and the Church or its authorized agent may reject any application or cancel any permit.

When an applicant requests the use of the facility for the same time period as the Church or another applicant requests use of the facility, permission will be granted in the following order or priority:

-- uses and groups directly related to the Church

-- uses and groups or organizations indirectly related to the Church

-- use of the applicants in the order in which their request was made.

Though exceptions may be made upon request, groups or organizations seeking use of Church facilities will be assessed a fee to cover any costs or expenses to the Church in making the facility available. The fee shall be due and payable prior to confirmation.

Any group or organization using the facilities of the Church shall agree to abide in good faith by the Church's rules and regulations, which may be amended from time to time. Failure to follow the rules and regulations in good faith may cause the Church to deny access to that particular group or organization.

At present, the rules and regulations are as follows:

1. An applicant or user shall provide evidence, upon request, that the organization is non-profit.

2. An applicant or user shall hold harmless the Church from any liability for bodily injury and/or property damage incurred while using the facility.

3. An applicant or user shall maintain order during the use of the Church and restore the facility to its prior condition immediately following the use.

4. An applicant or user shall not use the facilities if the number of persons meeting exceeds the number allowed by the local law enforcement or fire agencies.

5. An applicant or user shall not smoke in the Church facilities.

6. An applicant or user shall not use Church equipment, except as the user is permitted to do so by the Church.
7. An applicant or user shall not alter or decorate the facility without permission.

8. An applicant or user shall not continue to use the facilities beyond the designated time. Activities must be terminated to allow sufficient time for the facility to be cleared by the appointed hour.

9. An applicant or user shall not list the address or phone number of the Church as its official address or phone number.

10. An applicant or user shall be liable for any damage to church property incurred by their use of the facilities.

11. An applicant or user is only permitted in the portion of the Church designated for the meeting. Applicants or users should not be in other areas of the Church or its facilities without the express permission of the Church.

12. An applicant or user shall remember at all times that they are occupying a place of Christian worship and shall not undertake or permit any activity or conduct inconsistent therewith.

13. It shall be the duty of each applicant to apprise its members and guests of these rules and regulations and to make sure that they are enforced.

If the applicant should have any questions or concerns with respect to any of the rules and regulations, the applicant should not hesitate to contact the Church.