POLICIES   •   RATES

Wedding Coordinator

A Wedding Coordinator will assist you in planning space-related wedding details involving the use of the building. Please call the church office for a Wedding Coordinator’s name and telephone number.  The wedding coordinator can also assist you in locating florists, caterers, etc.

Music/Sound Equipment

Please contact the Wedding Coordinator for information regarding a sound technician, organist, pianist, soloist, or other musicians. The organ, piano and sound system may be used only by First Church in Swampscott personnel or by others on approval. Fees for musicians or pastors are by personal arrangement and are not included in the space rental fee.

Funerals

The sanctuary is available at no charge for funerals of First Church in Swampscott members and their families (i.e., parents and children). For non-members, use of the sanctuary is $250 for a maximum of three hours. Please make arrangements with the church secretary. If other (other than incidental) space is also required at the time of the funeral, regular rental rates apply.

Sanctuary Decorations

Our Wedding Planner will gladly recommend tasteful placement of flowers, ribbons and other decorations.  You and/or your florist are responsible for the placement and removal of greenery or flowers.

Additional General Information for All Events

Temperature Control

Automatic temperature controls are preprogrammed in all rooms, but the church secretary can make arrangements to heat rooms in advance if necessary. Please do not try to override the system. You may open windows to enjoy the sea breeze as desired, but remember to close and lock all windows before you exit the building.

Catering & Supplier Requirements

Caterers and florists selected by the renter are allowed on property. They must adhere to the Building Use/ Space Rental Guidelines. Such suppliers may drop off supplies and materials prior to an event (no earlier than your scheduled time) and must vacate the premises no later the end of your scheduled time. It is the responsibility of the Renter to communicate these requirements to these suppliers.

Church Property

Please respect the property of First Church in Swampscott when using our facilities. You may not remove any church property from the building. Please report any damage to the church secretary.

Event & Damage Deposit Requirements

Upon signing the First Church Rental Agreement, all rental fees and deposits are due in full. When renting Fellowship Hall, an additional $200 damage deposit will be added to other fees and payment is required when signing your agreement. This damage deposit may be forfeited as a result of any losses, damages or excessive cleaning caused by negligence or other circumstances during the event to the space, furnishings or general premises and may be refunded in part or whole if such is not the case. All payments are required by check payable to First Church.

Decorations

First Church does not allow any decorations to be affixed to the walls, floors or ceilings unless prior approval has been granted. All decorations must meet Fire Department codes.

Restrictions

First Church does not currently allow alcohol to be served. No smoking is permitted in the church building or on church property. Confetti, rice, birdseed, etc., may not be thrown inside or outside the building. All applicable federal, state and local laws and codes governing building use will be in effect.

Cancellation Policy

Since rented space will be reserved for your exclusive use, rental fees will be forfeited to First Church upon cancellation of the event by you for any reason other than inaccessibility due to severe weather (such as heavy snow). This policy is strictly enforced. Any damage deposit not required is refundable.

Space Rental Application

Please mail your completed Space Rental Application along with the deposit to:
Secretary, First Church in Swampscott, Congregational, 40 Monument Ave, Swampscott, MA  01907