We designed our new building — on our historic site in downtown Washington — to be a place of extravagant welcome to all within the context of our long-standing tradition of advocating for the acceptance of, and civil rights for, everyone without regard to age, ability, racial, cultural, or faith background, sexual orientation and gender identity.  We make our meeting and event spaces available at reasonable rates.  It is our desire to use our building to build community amongst the diverse population of the metropolitan area.  The building was designed without embedding permanent religious symbols in order that those coming to the building for secular events or events of other faith groups would find a place of welcome and affirmation.

Narthex (or lobby). ©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Narthex (or lobby).
©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Main entrance. Narthex (or lobby). ©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Main entrance.
Narthex (or lobby).
©david betts. metropolitan photography.

When you come through the main entrance at the corner of 10th and G Streets, N.W., you enter the narthex (or lobby) which functions as a gathering space before and after events in the sanctuary and is well-suited for receptions.  From the narthex, through grand, ceremonial doors you enter the sanctuary which can be used for a wide variety of worship, performance, and lecture events.  Totalling 4,850 square feet and with a combination of flexible and structured seating, the sanctuary seats up to 325 people (main floor and balcony). Audio visual capabilities in the sanctuary include a drop down screen, ceiling mounted projector, ten wired microphone jacks, six wireless microphones (three lavalier or Countryman and three handheld), CD player, Blueray, iPod dock, PC input and assisted listening devices.  In addition, the sanctuary stage lighting was recently upgraded to all LED fixtures that give a multitude of options for color, gobos, and remote focusing.

A view of the sanctuary/hall from the stage. ©david betts. metropolitan photographytts. metropolitan photography

A view of the sanctuary/hall from the stage.
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We are grateful that the effort and expense that we made to create a sanctuary/hall with great acoustics has paid off.  The New Orchestra of Washington has selected our sanctuary as their new performance venue.  We have also been selected to host performances and recording sessions by groups such as Thomas Circle Singers, Washington International Chorus, Horman Violin Studio, Artworks for Freedom, Pallas Theatre Collective and others.

If you’d like to see what’s coming up in our space — and what we’ve already hosted — check it out here.

Lving room. Narthex (or lobby). ©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Lving room.
Narthex (or lobby).
©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Also on the ground floor is a more informal space we call the living room which can accommodate smaller meetings of up to twenty people with casual furniture.  This room is frequently used as a green room to support concerts and lectures in the sanctuary.  The living room AV system boasts a 50″ flat-screen TV, CD player, Blueray, iPod dock, PC input and assisted listening devices.

Community Hall. Narthex (or lobby). ©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Community Hall.
Narthex (or lobby).
©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Proceed up the stone staircase and you arrive on the second floor landing which serves as pre-function space for the community hall and the chapel/meeting room.  The community hall measures 1,800 square feet and seats up to 130 for a lecture, 104 for a sit-down dinner, or 200 for a reception. The hall’s AV capabilities include a drop down screen, ceiling mounted projector, four wired microphone jacks, two wireless microphones (lavalier, Countryman or handheld), CD player, Blueray, iPod dock, PC input and assisted listening devices. Adjacent to the hall is a 400 square foot catering kitchen with refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, stove and oven, microwave and coffee brewing system.

Chapel/Meeting Room. Narthex (or lobby). ©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Chapel/Meeting Room.
Narthex (or lobby).
©david betts. metropolitan photography.

Across the landing from the community hall is the 600 square foot chapel/meeting room seats up to forty in a theater-style configuration or twenty in a boardroom configuration.  This room also has an AV system with iPod dock, two microphones, and assisted listening devices.

945 G Street map croppedFor more information about use of our space, rates and to arrange a visit, contact our Building Manager, Byron Adams, at  202-628-4317, or email badams@FirstUCCDC.org .  He’ll work with you to facilitate your review of the space and finalization of arrangements.  We are located at the corner of 10th & G Streets, N.W. — where we have been since shortly after our founding in 1865 by abolitionists — just a short walk from the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro stations.  Please note that requests to use space outside of our regular building hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm) necessitate special arrangements.  If such requests are received less than fourteen calendar days in advance, we are not likely to be able to accommodate them (except for funerals and memorial services).

Marriage Equality Ministry

In keeping with our long legacy of social justice and inclusivity, First Congregational United Church of Christ – DC rejoices in the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling!

We were glad to provide free chapel space for the last few years to same-sex couples who were unable to legally marry in their home jurisdictions and now we’re happy that couples can marry close to home, family, and friends.   .

But if you’d like to rent our chapel or sanctuary for your wedding, please contact Byron Adams badams@FirstUCCDC.org for additional information or to check availability.

Are you interested in having an event at First Congregational United Church of Christ?

Please follow the process below.  Please note that requests to use space outside of our regular building hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm) necessitate special arrangements.  If such requests are received less than fourteen calendar days in advance, we are not likely to be able to accommodate them (except for funerals and memorial services).

1. Read the Building Use Policies.

Please read the policy documents below appropriate to your intended use — you will be required to sign a contract acknowledging that you have agreed to abide by these policies.

2. Find out if space is available on your preferred date(s).

Email or call our Building Manager, Byron Adams, to find out if space is available.  His email address is badams@firstuccdc.org.  Or he can be reached at (202) 628-4317 on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm.  Please tell him the type of event you wish to hold, the number of people you expect to be in attendance, and the hours and date you wish to hold the event.  He will let you know if space is available and an approximate fee for using the space.

3. Fill out the Event Space Request Form once your event has been cleared on the church calender.  Please open the form, and email it to Building Manager Byron Adams at badams@firstuccdc.org.

4. The Building Manager will double check the details of your event and send you an invoice for your useage.  Once we have received your booking deposit (25% of your usage fee or $100, whichever is greater), your event will be placed on our calendar.  The balance of the usage fee plus a security deposit against any damage or extra hours will be due fourteen calendar days prior to your event.

To schedule space for a church-related event or program, please use the Church Event Space Request Form.

To report a maintenance issue in the building, please use the First Church Fix-It Request.

 

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