A wedding is one of the most important and special times in a person’s life. It celebrates the joining of two lives and is a declaration to the world of a couple’s love for and commitment to one another.  

Weddings are joyful times spent celebrating with family and friends, but once the service is over, the party has ended, and the guests have gone home, what remains is a marriage.  Marriage is God’s idea, designed by Him to support community through the commitment of a man and a woman to build a home and family together.  Here at St James our primary goal is to prepare a couple for marriage and to help them begin that marriage with a wonderful celebration of God’s love and plan for their lives.  Our staff is available to help coordinate and facilitate the wedding event so that it goes as smoothly as possible. 


Marriage Preparation

Congratulations on your decision to marry. If you desire to marry at St. James Lutheran Church by Pastor Hess, and one of you is a current member of St. James, please first complete the Zoe Score instrument found at There is a $40 purchase price for the program. Once you have finished this instrument, please contact Pastor Hess to arrange for your five session meeting times.

If you want to have your membership transferred or you are interested in becoming a member, please see the New Members Page for class information or contact Pastor Hess for the next scheduled class sessions.

Coordinating Your Wedding

Scheduling a wedding requires a meeting with Pastor Hess. Please do not commit to a date or hire musicians before meeting with the Pastor.  A paid facilities fee of $750 is required at the time your wedding is scheduled. This fee includes wedding coordination, organist, and clean-up services.

To make an inquiry about a wedding, please email Pastor Hess, or call the church office at 773.549.1615.  

St. James Lutheran Church

2050 N. Fremont St., Chicago, IL, 60614

Phone: 773-549-1615  I  Fax: 773-326-3645

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