The altar area as seen from the congregation.
The Bethany sanctuary is fully wheelchair accessible with a ramp leading to the south Front St. entrance.
There are two entrances along Front St. which are at the back of the sanctuary, an entrance on Center St. which leads to the front of the sanctuary and an entrance to the lounge area on Elm St. which is often the Bridal Party room.
There is also one restroom on the main floor located behind the sanctuary.
The sanctuary itself can hold up to 200 comfortably, and probably upwards of 250.
The sanctuary is equipped with a sound system and a limited number of personal assisted hearing devices are also available.
Parking for the church is located along Front St., Center St. and in the community parking lot on Center St. near the back of the church.
We do allow for pictures and video to be taken during the services, before the service and after the service. The garden and the Front St. entrances are both excellent places for photos to be taken.
Below the main level is a fellowship hall, more restrooms and a kitchen, though currently the entire downstairs is closed due to construction, however, weddings scheduled in late 2017 and later may be able to utilize these amenities.
A second, closer shot from the balcony.
The sanctuary as seen from the balcony.
The front of the church...
Bethany United Methodist Church would consider it an honor and a part of our mission to the Milton community to be a part of the big events in your life. To that end, we are more than happy to host your wedding and welcome your family and friends into our church. If you are interested in having Bethany United Methodist Church as a part of your day, this page is filled with almost everything you will need to know.
All wedding contracts include the use of the Elm St. Lounge for the Bridal Party to prepare for the wedding as well as a room for the Groomsmen to get ready. They also include the use of the sanctuary on both the wedding day and the night before for rehearsal. A sound technician and cleaning is also included as part of the contract.
An organist is often available to play during the service, though a minimum $75 donation is asked for to pay for her services.
Decorations are also available for an additional cost as laid out in the contract.
The cost to utilize Bethany as a non-member is $200.00, with a $100.00 deposit due at time of booking and the other $100.00 due by the rehearsal. This fee is waved for all active military personnel and members getting married.
No smoking, drugs or alcohol are allowed on the Bethany premises.
If you would like to schedule a walk-through of the facilities, please call (570) 742-9796, on M,W,F between 9am and 1pm to speak to someone immediately or leave a message at another time and we will return your call.
If you would like a copy of our current wedding contract, please click the following button.
If you would like to schedule Pastor Damien for a wedding either at Bethany or another venue please email him at: email@example.com
The view of the congregation from the altar.
We are available on a first come, first serve basis, but here are some additional dates to be aware of...
We cannot do weddings on Sundays, due to church services happening in and around the sanctuary
We cannot do a wedding on the third weekend of September because of the Milton Harvest Festival
We cannot do a wedding on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day
Other national and religious holidays throughout the year might be possible, but not guaranteed.
Please check our church calendar to see if the date you want is available.
We are not available for non-Christian religious services.
Per denominational policy, we are not available for LGBTQ weddings, but we still welcome LGBTQ persons to join us for worship and all other ministries as persons of sacred worth and loved by God.
Closer shot of the altar from the congregation.
If you intend to bring in an outside pastor, they must meet with our pastor first to ensure acceptable theological understandings of marriage.
If you intend to have the Bethany pastor perform the ceremony, then the bridal couple must make separate arrangements with the pastor to ensure his/her schedule is free. As a United Methodist pastor, several requirements must be met.
First, the pastor insists on pastoral marriage counseling prior to the ceremony of no less than four sessions, preferably six sessions of at least an hour, this can be done by the pastor or by another licensed counselor who communicates with the pastor that the counseling has been done. This is non-negotiable.
If the pastor does the counseling the cost of the counseling is $50 to cover materials.
If either the bride or groom is visibly intoxicated on the wedding, the pastor reserves the right to cancel the wedding.
The bride and groom are responsible for getting the wedding license and it must be handed to the pastor on the night of the rehearsal.
Pastor Damien currently waves any fees for his services outside of the required counseling fee, but honorariums are appreciated.