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Marriage Ministry

In recent years, Bethany has had the privilege of walking with hundreds of couples as they enter engagement, marriage, and parenting. Our desire is to build strong families and marriages at Bethany, and we support couples through pastoral counsel, resources, and community.

FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember

March 31–April 1, Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Get intentional about taking your marriage to the next level at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember®. Your two-and-a-half-day getaway includes Biblically-based insights from top speakers and marriage experts, relaxing time alone together, free from distractions, and helpful tools and resources for an immediate impact on your marriage. Use Group Name: BethanyCommunityChurch (no spaces) to save $100 per couple!

Engaged? You can join us too! The conference includes a special breakout session for engaged couples to get your marriage off to an amazing start! Sit with the group for fellowship and join us for lunch or just be on your own, it’s up to you, but be sure to use the Group Name: BethanyCommunityChurch Contact Pastor Phil for more info.

Join Pastor Phil & Mary, as well as other Bethany Community Church couples for this great marriage conference! Your marriage will be blessed! Contact Pastor Phil Maulding for more info!

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Bethany's Premarital Process

  1. Before you are engaged, take the Exploring Engagement Class.
  2. Once you're engaged, take the Engaged Class. While Exploring Engagement is not a prerequisite for the Engaged Class, we highly recommend taking both classes if possible.
  3. If you would like to get married at Bethany, book the venue at least six months before your anticipated wedding date (See Weddings at Bethany).
  4. Schedule a pastor to officiate your wedding. Pastors will be honored to do your wedding; just ask them directly.
  5. Arrange for individual counseling with the pastor performing your wedding.
  6. Your Bethany pastor or mentor will ask you to take the PREPARE Inventory or the SYMBIS Assessment.
  7. After the wedding, sign up for a Newlywed Community Group for support and community in that all-important first year of marriage.

Questions? Steps 1–2, 5–7: Maddie Markley steps 3–4: Christian Fillingame

Premarital Classes 

Exploring Engagement Class (for dating couples) 

Sundays, September – November, 5–6:30pm, Classroom B

This eight week course is designed to help you learn more about yourself and your partner as you consider engagement and marriage. Explore your relationship with honesty and transparency, and be able to make an educated, biblically-based decision. You can get connected by registering with the Community Group.

Register

 

Engaged Class (for engaged couples)

Sundays, April 23 – June 25, 5–6:30pm, Classroom A

The session will cover some of the core issues facing couples as they approach marriage. You and your partner will feel more prepared to enter the covenant of marriage, surrounded by a community of peers who will share your journey with you. You can get connected by registering with the Community Group.

Register

Weddings at Bethany

Congratulations on your engagement!

 

Scheduling an Officiant

If you are getting married somewhere other than Bethany but would still like a Bethany pastor to officiate your wedding, please fill out our Officiant Request Form. Once you have completed the form, please send a copy to Christian Fillingame with any additional information you feel would be helpful. 

Please note, due to Pastor Richard's demanding schedule, the Bethany Community Church Council has requested that he not perform weddings.

Reserving Bethany Green Lake

Due to building construction this season, we have limited availability to host wedding ceremonies at Bethany Green Lake. We have just updated our wedding packet and application with important information about availability and pricing. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact our Guest Services Coordinator, Christian Fillingame.

Marriage Mentoring

A growing number of couples in the church say they would benefit from having marriage mentors—more experienced couples equipped to advise and encourage other couples. If you find yourselves struggling to understand how to navigate your relationship, consider being matched with a mentor couple. Email us to learn more and to be connected with a mentoring couple.

Mentors

If you are interested in walking alongside another couple, sign up to become marriage mentors. You will impact marriages and families for a lifetime.

Marriage Mentor Sign Up

Newlywed Groups

Dates and Locations Vary 
Join others in their first year of marriage and explore the mystery of two being one together as led by an experienced mentoring couple. Questions? Contact Pastor Phil.
 

Adoption & Foster Care Ministry

The Foster Care Ministry seeks to support children and families within the foster care system, partnering with our local Department of Social and Health Services to provide for material needs, mentoring, and other services.

Support Group

First Tuesday of each month (September–June) 6:30–8:30pm
Sanctuary Classroom A, Childcare provided

The Adoption and Foster Care Support Group offers support, fellowship, and education to anyone who is curious about or connected to adoption or foster care. Attendees can include those thinking of adopting or providing foster care, those currently in the process, those who have adopted, and those who have been adopted.

Some of our topics will include international adoption, foster care and foster adoption licensing, attachment, transracial parenting, and stories from Bethany families who have been blessed by adoption and foster care.

Join us, contact Jeremy and Barbara Tantrum