Features & Use

Building Use

The following facilities are used routinely by First Presbyterian Church and available for use by others:*

Sanctuary

The church’s inspirational Sanctuary, which seats a maximum of 400 on the first floor and balcony, is blessed with magnificent stained glass windows as well as a lighted stained glass piece in the ceiling. Our Sanctuary is used to hold church services, but can also be used for church sponsored and private events such as concerts, recitals, performances, weddings and funerals. It is equipped with comfortable padded pews, climate control, a fully functioning sound system,  pipe organ, and baby grand piano. Assistive hearing devices and large print bulletins are available Sundays just prior to entering the Sanctuary or are available upon request. The Sanctuary is handicap accessible directly from Fourth Street, and by using the roomy church elevator using the Wooster Street entrances or Parking Lot off Wooster Street. (Wheelchair accessibility may be easiest from the Parking Lot off Wooster Street.)

Church Windows (3)

Our inspiring memorial stained glass windows adorning the Wooster Street side of the Sanctuary…

Chapel

The Chapel located near the Wooster Street entrance seats a maximum of 80 people and can be used to hold smaller or more intimate church services, church sponsored and private events such as concerts, recitals, weddings and celebrations of life. Worshipers may also want to use it as a private place for reflection and prayer. It is equipped with an electronic organ, piano, padded pews, Bibles, Hymnals and climate control.

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Fellowship Hall

Our Fellowship Hall, adjacent to the church’s fully functioning and equipped kitchen, can seat approximately 100 people with a variety of table and chair arrangements, for dinners, receptions and meetings. The small meeting room also adjacent to Fellowship Hall may be used for committee meetings with comfortable seating for ten people.

Fellowship Hall

Fellowship Hall

Kitchen

The kitchen is equipped with three commercial gas stoves (8 burners, 2 griddles & 3 ovens), a vented hood, a quick turnaround high temperature Hobart dishwasher, food preparation and serving islands, a Bunn coffee maker, microwave oven, pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery.

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Pioneer Preschool  (follow this link if you need more information)

Pioneer Preschool is located on the ground floor of our church building next to the parking lot entrance.

Pioneer Playschool--- Ready for Fun & Learning!

Pioneer Playschool— Ready for Fun & Learning!

Parking Lot and ADA Entrance

The parking lot can park 20 vehicles, and passengers can be dropped off under a canopy with an ADA compliant entrance on the office side of the building.

The church parking lot is located beside the church building on Wooster Street and is accessible from the Wooster Street alley.  The double set of doors at the entrance are both able to be automatically opened by pushing the metal handicap sign to the right of the doors.

For more information on parking and church entrance, scroll down on our Directions page.

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Pastor’s and Office Administrator’s Offices

Fully equipped church offices are located near the First Floor Wooster Street ADA entrance. A password protected WiFi system is available throughout the building. Computers are networked to access a number of printers and a copy machine.

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 Elevator

A roomy, fully functional hydraulic elevator (approximately 6 ft. X 8 ft.) is available for access to all three floors of our building very close to the Sanctuary.

Library

A spacious church library is located on the Sanctuary Floor near the Sanctuary containing a large assortment of reading material and reference resources. It is set up with a conference table for ten individuals and living room type furniture.  There is space for larger meetings in this pleasant, well-lit room with the addition of folding chairs.

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Relaxing reading or chatting space in the Library

Relaxing reading or chatting space in the Library

Classrooms & Meeting Rooms

A number of classrooms and meeting rooms are available on the two upper floors for functions such as Sunday School classes, committee or other group meetings such as Book Clubs, AA 12 Step Programs, and Hand Bell practices. Some of these rooms can be set up with tables and chairs as needed. There are specially furnished and decorated rooms for Middle Schoolers and High School youth. Click on to this Calendar link for specific schedule information for this month.

One Children's Classroom (of Several)

One of our Children’s Classrooms

A place for teens to have great discussions, music, TV, pool or ping-pong games...

A place for teens to have great discussions, enjoy music, TV, pool or ping-pong games

Middle Scool Classroom

A cozy room for our Middle Schoolers to explore questions about faith and life

Comfortable Lounges

There are a number of rooms set aside for informal meetings: Golden Circle Room, the Library, Old Library and others.  Just ask!*

Our Historical Golden Circle Room

Our Historical Golden Circle Room

*Policy/description of uses

Our facilities are available for use by our members and others for church functions, private, social and community organizations for no or minimal cost. Our facility is a smoke free, alcohol free, and gun free facility.

*Reservation form

All events other than regular church events need to be reserved by filling out a “Building Use Form” available at the church office. The form must be submitted to the Church’s Office Administrator, who checks for availability of the facility requested. If available, the Building Use Form should be submitted before the regularly scheduled meeting of the Building & Administration Commission (B & A), usually taking place on the first Monday of the month.

 *Feel free to contact our church office if you or your group are considering using our meeting spaces, classroom(s), Fellowship Hall, and /or kitchen for your meeting(s).

If you have questions, concerns or suggestions about the appearance or maintenance of any rooms inside the building, or on our property outside — or wish to volunteer your services — you may contact any member of B & A  through the church office.  If you wish to further understand B & A’s  focus more clearly, go here.

Groups Currently Using Our Building

The following groups regularly use our building:

  • Pioneer Pre-School
  • AA-12 Step Programs – AA-12 Step Programs meet on Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM and on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM.
  • Red Hat Society –  A global society of women that connects, supports and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness.
  • Board Meetings for Eve, Incorporated which seeks to prevent family violence and sexual assault through education and intervention, while providing supportive services to survivors, thereby promoting a safe and healthy community and improving quality of life.
  • Book Club holds monthly meetings of those who love to read and discuss aspects of their reading.
  • Neighborhood Watch – Our local Neighborhood Watch group has from time to time used the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen for a Pot Luck event to promote neighborhood vigilance and safety.
  • Marietta College Oratorio Choir Messiah Rehearsal Dinner – The Marietta College Oratorio Choir and Orchestra prepare and share their dinner annually on a Sunday early in December before the performance of Handel’s Messiah in St. Mary’s Basilica.
  • Neighbors for Clean Air is a group of local residents that promote a clean and healthy environment for all of our local citizens. They address environmental issues in order to reduce health risks in  the Mid-Ohio Valley.

In addition, the Seventh Day Adventist Church holds religious education and church services in our Chapel between 10 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturdays, following their tradition of meeting in the First Presbyterian Church built on Fourth Street.