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The Wedding Rite

Dear Prospective Partners,
Thank you for choosing Shiloh New London Church to be a part of your union. Below are the Wedding Guidelines and a link to the Wedding Application for the use of the Shiloh Complex (i.e., Church and/or Family Life Center). Please review the guidelines and complete the short survey at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the administration office at or call, (860) 443-6046, ext. 110.

Weddings Guidelines

Couples wishing to be united in holy matrimony at Shiloh must call or come into the church office to schedule the date and time for the ceremony. The dates for the wedding day and the wedding rehearsal must not conflict with previously scheduled meetings and/or functions at Shiloh.

The designated officiant will schedule counseling sessions with the couple at the officiant’s discretion. Couples should attend no less than three (perhaps more) counseling sessions before their wedding. The initial or final session will include a discussion on the specifics concerning the ceremony, i.e., unity candle, serving of communion, music, musician, solos, exchanging traditional and/or individual vows, single/double rings, video and/or picture-taking, sharing of ministerial duties if another minister is participating, etc.

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NOTE: The designated officiant or designee will oversee the wedding rehearsal and work with the wedding coordinator. The rehearsal is usually conducted the evening before the day of the wedding. All involved participants are expected to be present and on time for the wedding rehearsal.

If the couple desires to have their wedding reception in the Family Life Center’s Multipurpose Room, please click here (link to rentals sections from SDC side).

The Day of the Wedding: If the bridal party must dress at the church, accommodations will be made available. Candelabras, candles, floor runners, and decorations are the sole responsibility of the couple.

Although the Shiloh Maintenance Department will do general clean-up following the ceremony, if the bridal party has elected to dress and prepare themselves at the church, it is expected that they tidy up after themselves in the room or rooms they occupied before the ceremony.

The Funeral Rite

If the deceased has made specific plans to be carried out upon his/her/their demise, those plans will be adhered to as closely as possible. In the event of the death of a church member in good standing, the following procedures are in place:

  1. After calling the mortician of choice, a family member must call the church office to inform the bishop/administrative assistant of the family member’s death and prepare for the funeral services. The mortician will contact the church to discuss available dates and times for the services to preclude scheduling conflicts.
  2. If the service programs are to be provided by the church, family members must provide the administrative office all the pertinent information:
    • Obituary
    • Pictures
    • Desired/favorite songs
    • Desired/favorite scriptures
    • List of pallbearers
    • Special request(s) (i.e., soloist and name, memorial tribute, family/friends’ reflections, and names)
  3. Family members may have programs prepared elsewhere if they so choose; however, notification of this intention should be given to the administrative office. Requests for the ministers to assist with the funeral service must be approved by the Senior Pastor.
  4. Calling hours prior to the services are concluded with a final viewing, after which the mortician will close the casket, and the services will begin.
  5. After the funeral, dinner is provided for the family upon returning from the gravesite. Depending on the anticipated attendance and availability, dinner may be served either in the Fellowship Hall or in the Multi-purpose Room of the Family Life Center. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to COVID-19, this service has been suspended indefinitely.

The Rite of Baby Dedication

Baby dedications are scheduled for the third Sunday of the month. Parents desirous of having their child(ren) dedicated must call the office; dedication will be scheduled for the following third Sunday. From infancy to age 8, babies/toddlers/children are welcome. The Deaconess Ministry is responsible for the preparation and readiness of the child(ren), parents, and godparents to enter this divine rite of passage.