Welcome to First Parish Arlington
Our building at 630 Massachusetts Avenue is used in a variety of ways. Our ministers and staff work in the building. Our church members and various committees use it for programs and meetings. We have regular building users including a nursery school and musical groups. Our Building Use FAQ provides general information for all of our building users.
Please see our First Parish Calendar to see what’s going on. Here you can also submit an Event Request and a Rental Inquiry.
Key contact information
First Parish main number: 781-648-3799. For building use questions, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, Sara Hidalgo, Office Manager or Joe Cook, Office and Communications Associate will help you.
Please review the materials below before sending a request.
You may use the buttons on our calendar page to se availability and request rental space.
Please note that our facility is very well utilized and we may not be able to accommodate weekly meetings of larger groups.
If you are interested in facility space relating to a marriage, death, or birth, please first contact one of the ministers by phone at 781-648-3799 or else via emailing them both at email@example.com
Thank you for your interest in considering First Parish for your activity. Below, you will find information on the following:
- Every prospective user must complete a signed application accompanied by a $100 deposit (or the full user fee if less than $100) followed by one-half of the user fee when the application is approved. All final payments are due 14 days prior to the event. You may pay online, or mail a check payable to First Parish UU Arlington to
First Parish Office
630 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476
- The use of the Space is limited to the number of persons, purpose, and room(s) specified in the approved application, which is non-transferable.
- First Parish representatives will have the right to direct the applicant in the proper use of the Space.
- The First Parish Alcohol Policy adopted by the Parish Committee May 12, 2012 must be strictly followed. (Please refer to the copy of this policy included in this packet.)
- If permission to serve alcohol is given according to the policy mentioned above, the caterer (or the applicant if there is no caterer) must provide First Parish with Evidence of Insurance (Commercial General Liability) including Liquor Liability coverage naming “First Parish Arlington, Unitarian Universalist” as an “additional insured.” (Please refer to the Liquor Liability Insurance Coverage Requirement in this packet.)
- The Town of Arlington requires a Temporary Food Permit for all public events and for private events when space is rented from a function hall or place of worship for an event at which food is served. The caterer or applicant must obtain the necessary permits and provide copies to First Parish at least 14 days in advance of the Event. A copy of the application form is included in this packet as a courtesy. All questions should be directed to the office of the Board of Health at 781-316-3170.
- Caterers and bartenders must supply their own trash bags and remove all trash from church property after the Event.
- The Space and all facilities must be left in the condition in which they were found. Furnishings may not be moved from room to another. All kitchen counters must be cleaned; dishes, utensils must be washed, dried, and put away; and floors swept. Trash should be taken with you or put in the trash shed.
- All leftover food and drink must be removed from the building.
- All Events require the submittal to First Parish of a damage and cleanup deposit, unless otherwise waived or reduced by the Office Manager.
- Smoking is not allowed in any First Parish building.
- Decorations may not be attached to using thumbtacks, scotch tape, or any methods that damage surfaces.
- Parking is not provided. Please encourage use of public parking and public transportation.
- First Parish may require our custodian to be on duty during the Event. There will be an additional hourly charge for this. The Office Manager will inform you if this is necessary. Typically a custodian is required on evenings or weekends when the church office is closed or when an event is open to the public. At the discretion of the Office Manager, a Member of First Parish with a current pledge on record may be permitted to volunteer as the custodian in lieu of a paid custodian.
- First Parish further reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine to whom and for what purposes the facilities will be made available.
- First Parish’s musical instruments, equipment, and audio/visual equipment may not be used without the prior written permission of First Parish. Additional deposits and/or user fees may be charged if permission is granted. 17. Users of the Sanctuary must leave the room set up according to detailed instructions provided separately.
- First Parish Child Safety Policies must be followed. In particular, at any time when any child is not with his or her parent or guardian, there must be two unrelated adults present with the child(ren).
- First Parish is certified as a Green Sanctuary by the Unitarian Universalist Association. We request that you follow our environmental policies and guidelines. A copy of our Green Sanctuary policies is included in this packet. 19. Applicant must provide a certificate of insurance unless this requirement is waived in writing by the Office Manager.
These Terms and Conditions are incorporated into the Application and are binding on Applicant.
- Use. Applicant certifies that Applicant will use the Space only for the purposes described in its Application. Applicant understands that this right to use is personal and may not be transferred or sublicensed. Any changes to the right to use or the terms and conditions of use must be approved by First Parish in writing.
- Limited Time. The Space will be available to Applicant only during the hours and on the day(s) (“Time of Use”) specified on the Application, and Applicant agrees that at Applicant’s sole cost and expense, Applicant shall ensure that the Space shall not be occupied or used by Applicant or any third party before or after the Time of Use. Time is of the essence regarding this right to use.
- Alcohol. Applicant may not serve, furnish, or distribute alcoholic beverages of any kind without the prior written consent of First Parish. If such permission is granted, Applicant shall be solely responsible for obtaining all permits or other authorizations and for obtaining insurance satisfactory to First Parish, and shall submit copies of all permits required and documentation of insurance to First Parish at least fourteen days prior to any Time of Use. If the copies of permits and insurance are not received in a timely fashion, no alcohol may be served, furnished, or distributed.
- Special Equipment, Recordings. No lighting or other special equipment may be installed or used without the prior written consent of First Parish.
- Visitor Parking, Unloading. First Parish has limited parking facilities, which will only be made available as communicated to the Applicant by First Parish. Unless First Parish has secured special parking rights for this Event, parking shall be limited to public parking near First Parish.
- Clean-up. Applicant agrees to bear all costs of cleaning, repairing, and restoring First Parish Facilities to its previous condition, reasonable wear, and use excepted.
- Security Deposit. Applicant shall pay to First Parish any Security Deposits required by First Parish. If, in First Parish’s sole judgment, any cleaning, repairing or restoring is needed, First Parish may apply the Security Deposit to cover such costs. If no such repairing, restoring, or cleaning is needed, the Security Deposit either shall be applied against any other payments then unpaid or shall be returned to Applicant after the final Time of Use.
- Applicant’s Liability. Applicant is and hereby agrees to be fully responsible and liable for any and all injuries (and death) suffered by persons and for any and all damage to First Parish’s property and any theft or loss of First Parish’s furnishings and equipment, resulting from or occurring during Applicant’s use of the Space, and not caused by the willful misconduct or gross negligence of First Parish. Applicant shall indemnify and hold harmless First Parish and their officers, agents, employees, members and members of their governing boards from and against any and all liability, action, claim, demand, loss, expense, or damage (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) caused by or arising out of any act, omission, publication, or representation of Applicant, its officers, directors, agents, guests, invitees or employees in connection with this right to use.
- First Parish Not Liable. First Parish shall have no liability for any loss, cost, expense, or damage to Applicant, its members, officers, directors, agents, employees, or anyone else by reason of fire, theft, vandalism, or otherwise. Applicant agrees not to sue First Parish or any of First Parish’s respective officers, agents, employees, members, members of its governing boards, successors, or assigns for any such loss, cost, expense, or damage. In no event shall First Parish be liable to Applicant for incidental or consequential damages if First Parish is unable to make the Space available to Applicant during all or any part of any of the Time of Use. The Space is provided on an “AS IS” basis and First Parish makes no warranties of any kind whether express or implied.
- Use of First Parish Name. Applicant shall not imply in any way that First Parish is sponsoring the Event; and no reference to First Parish may be used in promotional or other literature used or distributed by Applicant, other than references to the location of the Event.
- Not a Lease. This is not a lease, and no interest in real estate is conveyed hereby.
- Rules and Policies. Applicant and Applicant’s use of the Space shall be subject to any policies, rules, and regulations that First Parish may promulgate from time to time, including those stated in any publication promulgated by First Parish. Applicant’s use of the Space is non-exclusive as to First Parish, which retains the right freely to enter the Space at any time, for any purpose.
- Binding Effect. The terms and conditions of this License shall be binding on Applicant, (and if Applicant is an organization) on Applicant’s officers, directors, members, agents, employees, guests, invitees, and on those claiming by, through, or under Applicant.
- Use and Occupancy Changes. If, for any reason, Applicant does not upon the expiration of the Time of Use deliver the Space to First Parish free of occupants, Applicant’s personal property, and cleaned in accordance with the Approved Application, then Applicant shall be liable to First Parish for each day, or portion thereof, that the Space is occupied by such persons or property until such Space is vacated and the property removed at a daily rate of $1,000. First Parish may remove any of Applicant’s personal property upon the expiration of the Time of Use and, if appropriate under the circumstances, discard such property.
- Force Majeure. First Parish is not liable for its failure or delay to perform its obligations due to any acts of nature, act of God, strikes, acts of terrorism, fires, floods, explosions, earthquakes, equipment or labor shortages, government regulations, destruction of facilities or other causes beyond its reasonable control.
This coverage is intended to protect First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington Massachusetts from liquor liability exposure if alcohol is served, furnished or distributed at events using First Parish’s facilities. At any event where liquor is served, furnished or distributed by a person, group or organization other than First Parish, that person, group or organization must purchase and provide evidence of liquor liability insurance coverage for this event having coverage limits of not less than $500,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 in the aggregate that names First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington Massachusetts as an “additional insured.”
If that person, group, or organization does not have any existing liquor liability coverage from which First Parish can be named as an additional insured, that person, group or organization must purchase and provide evidence of liquor liability insurance coverage from a reputable insurance company. This can be obtained through most major insurance providers. Liquor liability insurance may also be obtained through
Hospitality Insurance Group
106 Southville Road
Southborough, MA 01772
Coverage must have coverage limits of not less than $500,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 in the aggregate and name First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington Massachusetts as an “additional insured.”
If the person, group, or organization cannot obtain this coverage, alcoholic beverages cannot be served at the Event.
Note: alcoholic beverages may not be sold directly or indirectly at an Event at First Parish. If there is any question on the application of these guidelines, please contact Office Manager.
|Sanctuary||$135.00||400||Furnished with substantial wooden chairs that can stack and move; built in speaker system; minimal lighting;
grand piano available available with approval from Music Director. No Spaces available Sundays until after 2pm. There is a two-hour minimum for all room charges.
|Vestry||$110.00||150||Wooden floor; is the only access to sanctuary from the rest of the building (not a closed off space);
built in speaker system; upright piano available with approval from Music Director
|Parlor||$85.00||25||Nicely decorated for a cozier atmosphere; air conditioned; spinet piano available with approval from Music Director|
|Bailey||$50.00||50||Located in the lower level at the Parish House wing.|
|Meeting room (Damon, Grady etc.)||$30.00||10-20||(no discounts available)|
|Kitchen (in addition to another room)||$30.00||NA||(no discounts available)|
|Custodian Service||$35.00||NA||There is a four-hour minimum for the custodian.|
DAMAGE/CLEANING DEPOSIT of $200 is required for all events utilizing the Sanctuary, Vestry, Parlor or Bailey room, unless waived in writing by the Office Manager. Please use a separate check which will be returned to you if the space is left undamaged and clean.
A discount of 50% is applied to room fees for the Sanctuary, Vestry or Parlor if one of the following qualifications is met:
- Nonprofits sponsored by First Parish.
- The “sponsor” discount requires that a member or members of the sponsoring First Parish group act as liaison between the sponsored group and the church staff, taking full responsibility for the management of the event. A representative of the sponsoring group is expected to be on-site during the event as well as during setup and cleanup. First Parish may still require and charge for the custodian, especially for larger events or those open to the public.
- Personal use by pledging members of First Parish. “Personal Use” means for a private event such as a birthday party or other celebration.
I. Intent and Authority
The policies below are designed to ensure that use of alcohol at First Parish:
- Is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and covered by insurance
- Maintains a comfortable and safe environment for our church community, consistent with our UU values
The Parish Committee reserves the right to change or waive these policies and guidelines and otherwise to prohibit, limit, condition, or restrict from time to time in its sole discretion the use of alcohol on the Church premises.
II. When Alcohol May Be Served
A. Church Events
Alcoholic beverages may be served at church events that meet all of the following conditions:
- The consumption of alcohol is incidental to the main purpose of the sponsored activity (as a condition of coverage by our insurance company).
- There is no charge for the drinks, admission fee to, or facility rental fee associated with the event (i.e., the beverages are not being sold, which would require a one-day town license).
- The event is primarily attended by church members or related to a religious service (e.g., a memorial service).
- The event is primarily attended by adults (of legal drinking age), or youth present are primarily in a different area.
In some cases that don’t meet the above conditions, permission to serve alcohol may granted by the Parish Committee.
If a committee or sponsor of a church event wants to sell alcoholic beverages or serve alcohol at an event where consumption is NOT incidental to the main purpose of the activity, the sponsor needs to obtain permission from the Parish Committee (or ParCom Executive Committee). In addition to demonstrating the reason for the event, the sponsor would need to present a plan for meeting town licensing requirements, complying with state ABC requirements, and obtaining insurance coverage through use of a certified bartender or special policy rider.
B. Non-Church Events
If the church is used for an event at which alcohol will be served, either by a church member or a third party, the user must:
- Request permission from the Church Office to serve alcohol to invited guests only;
- Identify the person who will be the Host in Section III; and
- Provide a certificate of insurance, including host liquor liability, naming First Parish Unitarian Universalist as an additional insured (e.g., through a certified bartender or caterer).
In no event may alcohol be sold to guests (or served after payment of an admission fee) without special approval by the Parish Committee (or ParCom Executive Committee). Any request would need to include a plan for meeting town licensing and state ABC requirements, as well as insurance coverage.
III. Policies for Serving Alcohol
At the time space is requested from the Church Office, all users (church members or others) must identify any event where alcohol will be served.
The chair of the group or a designated alternate (“Host”) is responsible for ensuring that the following policies are followed.
- Written notices and invitations, if any, issued in advance of an event at which alcohol will be served, should indicate that alcohol will be served.
- No alcoholic beverages may be left unattended on the premises.
- Non-alcoholic beverages must be available whenever alcoholic beverages are served.
- It is recommended for larger events that at least one server be a certified bartender1. The Church Office maintains a list of members who are certified and may be willing to fill the role. Servers must be at least 18 years old.
- Under no circumstances may alcohol be served or sold to anyone under 21. Servers must card any young adult before serving, or have a system (e.g., wristbands) to ensure that alcohol is not served to anyone under 21.
- Host should ask attendees not to leave their drinks unattended and Host must remove and dispose of unattended drinks periodically through the event.
- Donations may be solicited to cover event expenses, but money may not be collected at the bar (i.e., in conjunction with the serving of alcohol).
—Adopted by the Parish Committee May 8, 2012
1. A certified bartender has completed training, but does not necessarily provide insurance for events where he or she serves alcohol.