With our central location, proximity to Routes 95/128, parking and varied facilities, we offer a convenient, attractive, and comfortable venue for many kinds of events. We have long made our spaces available to individuals and groups, particularly 501(c)3s. Our expectation is that all who use our lovely and historic buildings and grounds share in the expense of maintaining them in accordance with our fee schedule.
On the main level is our Sanctuary (seats up to 340), Sears Chapel (seats 90-100), Parish Hall, Library, Parlor, and Kitchen. Also, on this level is the Gallery at First Parish and rest rooms, including a separate handicapped bathroom. The main level is wheelchair accessible via a ramp from the upper driveway into the building breezeway. Classroom space is available both in the main building as well as the Church School wing but are somewhat less accessible. If you have concerns about accessibility, please consult with the Parish Administrator.
There is also an outdoor patio that may be used in nice weather – if interested, please consult with the Parish Administrator.
First Parish reserves the right to decline an application for use should the planned event conflict with the mission of the church.
While the use of hard liquor is prohibited anywhere on the FPCW grounds, wine and beer are allowed provided a fully-licensed and insured bartender serves such beverages. The bartender (or caterer-employer) must send an insurance binder prior to the event that names First Parish as an insured party. Users of the facilities accept full responsibility for complying with applicable laws regarding consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The main Sanctuary and Sears Chapel are usually not available for non-worship events. We welcome their use for memorial services and weddings by non-parishioners but such services are considered worship and require one of our clergy to officiate. Please consult with the Parish Administrator if you are interested in using these spaces.
A Note on Fees
Fees shown below are for four-hour blocks, for non-members and for-profit enterprises. Organizations that use FPCW facilities ten or more times in a 12-month period receive a 10% discount.
Contributing members and non-profit organizations may request a separate fee schedule from the Parish Administrator.