Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church
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    Presbyterian Church of Australia in N.S.W.

Guidelines for couples desiring to be married in the
Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church 


Legal requirements Order of service The Marriage Service
Pre-marriage interview/counselling On the Wedding Day Selection of Bible Readings
Rehearsal Scripture readings Selection of Wedding Vows
Photographs and Videos Ushers Exchange of Rings
Signing of the documents Length of Service Selection of Hymns
Confetti Church decorations Marriage Fees
Music Contact details

We welcome you to our Church for this exciting and life changing experience.
All marriages are celebrated by the Minister or another Minister appointed by him.
The correct title and address of the Church heads this file and should be used for your invitations.
No booking will be taken until the Minister has interviewed the couple.

Legal Requirements
In order for your marriage to be celebrated, the Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed and given to the officiating minister at least a month and a day before your wedding. When submitting, for those born in Australia, the Minister must also sight full Birth Certificates or for those born overseas either an original birth certificate or a current Foreign passport. Australian Passports are not acceptable. For those previously married,  the death certificate or divorce decree absolute must also be sighted prior to the Wedding. For further details please contact the Minister.

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Pre-marriage interview/counselling 
While not yet a legal requirement, couples are strongly encouraged to attend pre-marriage counselling with the minister who is authorised to take couples through the PREPARE/ENRICH Program for a fee of just $50. Alternatively couples may choose to organise their own counselling through an accredited counselling service 

Before the Wedding the bridal party will have the opportunity to rehearse in the Church and this can be arranged with the Minister usually on the preceding Thursday evening. 

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Photographs and Videos
Video recordings may be made with the available light; artificial lighting of any kind will not be permitted. Photographers are to liaise with the Minister regarding the position from which photos may be taken.

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Signing of the documents 
All the necessary documents will normally be signed in the Vestry or at a side table.  It is useful if a soloist etc. is able to entertain your guests during the completion of the legal documents.  Such people should have the necessary musical skills.  If you do not know anyone and desire suitable musicians to be employed then this can be arranged for an additional charge.
The normal fee is from $150 per musician.

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Please advise all your guests that the throwing of confetti or rice is not permitted in the Church or its grounds.   The use of bubbles is suggested. Rose petals and other similar items are not permitted within the church under any circumstances, but may be used outside providing they are swept up after the service.

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The music for your wedding may be chosen in consultation with the Minister and the Organist and should be finalised well before the wedding.  
You will need processional music for entering and leaving the Church.  Music will be played by the organist for about fifteen minutes before the scheduled commencement of the service.  The Hymn/s and music used in the Church for your wedding should be sacred music (classical or modern).  Current popular songs are best kept for the reception!  
The Church has sufficient copies of the Revised Church Hymnary, or the new 4th Edition, however, other hymns may be requested but the music must be provided to the Organist and the words will need to be printed for your guests.

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Order of Service
It is the responsibility of those wanting to be married to have orders of services printed. Suitable service folders can be purchased from Christian Bookshops.  
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On the Wedding Day 
The Groom and his attendants should arrive at the Church at least fifteen minutes before the announced time of the service. The Vestry is available for them to wait for the arrival of the Bridal Party. The bride should be courteous and arrive as far as possible on time .     
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Scripture Readings 
In conjunction with the Minister, suitable passages from Scripture to be read during the service can be selected. You may like a member of your family, or friends to read such readings during the service, or the Minister can read them .     
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You will need to organise ushers to show your guests to their seats and to give out the orders of service (if you have them). An Usher will also need to be delegated to inform the Minister and the Groom’s Party on the arrival of the Bride and her party.   
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Length of service  
The marriage service, including the signing of the Register, will normally take from 30 to 40 minutes. The couple should be able to leave the Church 60 minutes after the Bride arrives.

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Church Decorations
The Church can provide end-of-pew decorations. 

PLEASE NOTE that if you wish to provide your own 'end of pew' decoration, such must be attached with ribbon or string loops only and under no circumstances may blue tack, pins, glue or any sort of adhesive tape be used, as this may cause damage to the church's heritage pews.  Please ensure that your flower provider is fully aware of this stipulation.

It is the responsibility of the bridal couple to provide appropriate floral decorations for their wedding.  Normally, the flowers for such an occasion consist of two large arrangements for the  stands on either side of the Communion Table.   Suggested locations for smaller arrangements are the two alcoves above the pulpit as well as for the tables at the beginning of each aisle — six arrangements in all.

The Church can supply, as required and at no cost, attractive white silk flower arrangements for the ends of pews.

The church congregation would appreciate your willingness to leave some, it not all, of your wedding flowers in the Church to decorate it for the Sunday Worship Service(s).   Please let the Minister know if this is your wish. 

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The Marriage Service 
This is the Order of Service, which may be printed with such additional information as is desired for your guests.  (When requested please stand to welcome the Bridal party.)

  • The Bridal Procession 

  • Call To Worship 

  • Hymn   (Optional — insert details of the Hymn)
                           Would the Congregation please stand for the singing of the Hymn  

  • The Statement of Intent

  • Solo   (if desired)

  • Reading of the Scriptures (see below)  

  • The Marriage  - Declarations

Giving of the Bride
The Marriage Vows
The Exchange of Rings
The Declaration of the Marriage
The Blessing

  • Words of Counsel and presentation of Bible

  • Prayer

  • Hymn  (Optional — insert details of the Hymn)
                           Would the Congregation please stand for the singing of the Hymn  

  • The Benediction 

  • The Signing of the Official Documents

  • The Recessional

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A selection of Bible readings for use in the marriage service.
As you are coming to the Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church to be married in God’s sight it is appropriate to have God’s Word read during the service.  It is usual for there to be at least one and preferably two Bible readings during the service, ideally one from each of the Old and New Testaments. 

If scripture passages are to be read by a family member or friend it is important that the reader should have a good, clear voice.  

Old Testament 
Genesis 1:26-31; 2:18-24
Ruth 1:16-22
Psalms 23, 33, 67, 118: 1-4; 128, 144: 9-15
Song of Songs 2

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Hosea 2:16-23


New Testament 
St Matthew 5:3-10, 19: 4-6
St Mark 10:6-9
St John 2:1-11
Romans 12:1-2, 9-13
1 Corinthians 13
Ephesians 3:14-21; 5: 1-2, 21-33
Colossians 3:12-17
1 Peter 3:1-12
1 John 3:18-24; 4:7-13


There are many other suitable passages so please liaise with the minister.

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Wedding Vows 
The Bride and Groom may select one of the following vows for use in their marriage service.
Any variation to these vows must first be approved by the officiating Minister.  

Vows as Questions:

          (Groom), do you take (Bride) to be your wedded wife, and do you in the presence of God and before this congregation promise and covenant to be to her a loving, faithful and dutiful husband as long as you both shall live .......
          I DO

          (Bride) do you take (Groom) to be your wedded husband, and do you in the presence of God and before this congregation promise and covenant to be to him a loving, faithful and dutiful wife as long as you both shall live.
          I DO  

Vows as Statement:

I, (Groom) do hereby take you (Bride) to be my wedded wife .... and in the presence of God ... and before this congregation ... I promise and covenant to be to you .... a loving, faithful and dutiful husband .... as long as we both shall live.

I, (Bride). do hereby take you (Groom) to be my wedded husband, and in the presence of God and before this congregation I promise and covenant to be to you a loving, faithful and dutiful wife as long as we both shall live.  
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Exchange of Rings
Mutual exchanges of rings are now very popular.  The rings can be engraved with the name of the marriage partner and the date of the wedding.  Hence, the Groom will wear the ring with the Bride’s name and Bride with the Groom’s name.  You may like to choose one of the following statements for such an exchange. 

a) Repeat Version

With this ring, ........ I thee wed, to have and to hold, ...... from this day forward,  ......
for better, for worse, ...... for richer for poorer; ...... in sickness and in health ......
to love and to cherish till death do us part . .......

b) Declaration Version:

(Name) as you place your ring on (name's) left ring finger 
Do you promise to take (Groom/Bride) as your wedded (husband/wife)
To have and to hold, from this day forward,
for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part?

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Please note variations of above are possible, please liaise with the minister. 

Hymns for your Wedding Service
The Church has the following hymn books, Revised Church Hymnary.(1925) and the Church Hymnary Edition 4 (Canterbury, 2005) If hymns from another Hymn Book are desired then these must be approved by the Minister and Organist. The most commonly used hymns for weddings are as follows.  

Praise my soul, the King of Heaven.

Praise my soul, the King of Heaven;
to His feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed restored, forgiven,
who like me His praise should sing?
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise Him still the same for ever,
slow to chide and swift to bless.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Father-like He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows;
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes:
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Widely as His mercy flows.

Frail as summer’s flower we flourish;
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But, while mortals rise and perish,
God endures unchanging on;
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise the he eternal One. 

Angels, help us to adore Him;
Ye behold Him face to face;
Sun and Moon down before Him;
Dwellers all in time and space.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise with us the God of grace


Love Divine, all loves excelling

Love, Divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven, to earth come down,
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,
All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou are all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver;
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy Hosts above,
Pray, and praise Thee, without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish then Thy new creation:
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in Thee,
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Psalm 23

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want:
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green: he leadeth me
the quiet waters by. 

My soul He doth restore again;
and me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
ev’n for his own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill:
For thou art with me; and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house for evermore
my dwelling-place shall be.

O Perfect Love

0 perfect love, all human thought transcending,
Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne,
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending
Whom Thou for evermore dost join in one.

0 perfect life, be Thou their full assurance
Of tender charity and steadfast faith,
0f patient hope, and quiet brave endurance,
With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow
That dawns upon eternal love and life.


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 Minister/Registration                                  $  225.00

 Church                                                         $  400.00

 Organist                                                       $  200.00

                                                  Total           $  825.00

Where couples only require the use of the building, ie not requiring either the parish  (or another Presbyterian) minister or the organist, the Fees for the Use of the Church are $1,000.00.

A deposit of $400 is required to confirm booking and is normally due with the lodgement of the Notice of Intention.

Church officer (as required) $  100.00

Please note the Church is not available for civil celebrant Weddings.

Change of information
Please notify the officiating minister immediately of any changes to the information given or any change in date or time.

Check list
Your marriage has been booked for Date………………………………..   at …………am/pm.

The Minister will conduct all the pre-marriage interviews.
Please make the necessary arrangements with him.

1st Interview:

Date…………………………….        Time ……………      am/pm.

2nd Interview:

Date…………………………….        Time ……………      am/pm.

3rd Interview:

Date…………………………….       Time ……………      am/pm.

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Beatitudes for a married couple


Blessed are the husband and wife who continue to be affectionate considerate, loving through all the days of their life together
Blessed are the husband and wife who are polite and courteous to one another as they are to their friends
Blessed are the husband and wife who have a sense of
humour for this will be a handy shock absorber.
Blessed are they who love each other more than any person in the world and who joyfully fulfil their marriage vow of a lifetime of fidelity as husband and wife
Blessed are they who thank God for their blessings, and who set aside some time each day for the reading of the Bible and prayer.
Blessed are they who never speak harshly to each other and who make their home a place of mutual encouragement and love
Blessed are the husband and wife who can work out their problems without the interference of relatives.

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Contact Details

Reverend Peter R. Dunstan
BSc., Dip Hort Sc., BD.

PO Box 42
Annandale NSW 2038
Tel. (02) 9810 7869
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Mr. Ralph W. Lane OAM ADCM (USyd)
PO Box 42
Annandale NSW 2038
Tel. (02)
4872 1193  
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