Marriages & Burials
A Lifelong Commitment to Love
Couples seeking to get married under the care of the Meeting or marriages held in the Sandy Spring Meeting House (but under the care of other Friends Meetings) are overseen by the Marriage and Family Relations Committee.
Members, associate members, or regular attenders of the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, or nonmembers, including Quakers or non-Quakers, may be married under the care of the Meeting. In each case, the couple should be made aware that the Meeting has a loving concern for their marriage that continues beyond the marriage ceremony itself.
Friends regard marriage as religious in nature, being a solemn covenant made between two people in the presence of God. We apply the Procedure for Marriage under the care of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends to all couples, regardless of sex or gender. For more information, see this background statement.
Further information about marriage at Sandy Spring Meeting is contained in this booklet on the procedures for marriage.
Contact the Meeting office at ssmm.rsf at gmail.com
Completing the Circle of Life
Though we wish a long, healthy, and happy life for everyone, those of us at Sandy Spring Meeting also know the realities of the circle of life require all of us to be thoughtful about the future. The Ministry and Council Committee is responsible for all memorial services held in the Meeting House (what we call Memorial Meeting for Worship).
The time of one’s death is a challenging time for many reasons, and Sandy Spring Meeting wants to be a spiritual and practical resource at those times. Additionally, there are numerous pieces of information that need to be gathered quickly and easily to inform the many important decisions that need to be made in that moment.
It is important to be preparing this final information now. Survivors will need some of this information as will the Meeting. For that purpose, we have prepared Completing the Circle of Life: Preparing for the End of One’s Life, a Practical Guide. We also have available forms with which you can convey your wishes to the Meeting and to your family. These are available in both a printable version and a version that can be filled in electronically by clicking on the links below:
If you need to schedule a memorial service, please call the Meeting office at 301-774-9792 or email the Ministry and Council Committee at ministry at sandyspring.org.
The Sandy Spring Graveyard
For information on the historical burials in the Sandy Spring Graveyard, click here.