Building Use and Rentals
A message from the Follen Church rental team:
Thank you for your interest in renting space at Follen Church. As of October 23, we will not be accepting new rental requests for any of our spaces until January 2024 due to a very busy rental calendar as well as lead staff being on leave. If you have any existing rental agreement for this time period, we are committed to honoring those promises and will communicate with your point person directly.
We will reopen our Space Rental Request form after January 1st, and we invite you to submit your request for early 2024 then. Our lead staff member will return in mid-January and will resume rental scheduling then.
Honoring our heritage as a community church, we offer our space for rental by individuals and groups for purposes that are in harmony with Follen Church’s values as a liberal, Unitarian Universalist religious institution, subject to availability.
We welcome your inquiry about renting space for concerts, recitals, other community events, ongoing classes in the arts, education, science, health and community services, and Unitarian Universalist wedding ceremonies or memorial services. All inquiries for space rental can be submitted using the Space Rental Request Form. We ask that you submit your request at least 4-weeks prior to your event date.
If you have any questions about rentals, please email email@example.com.
Spaces Available for Rental
Please note that for all rentals there is separate fees for staffing for facilities and A/V technician. We do offer discounts for one-time scheduling of three or more rentals during a fiscal year, as well as rentals that take place Monday – Friday.
Our building has an elevator and is fully accessible with the exception of the Marshman Center classrooms.
Sanctuary: The octagonal Sanctuary is located at the front of our campus, and will seat up to 225. It has superb acoustics and is equipped with a Steinway concert grand piano and an 1868 vintage E. and G.G. Hook tracker pipe organ considered one of New England’s best by the American Guild of Organists. Use of the organ is permitted by special arrangement. Events in the Sanctuary must be in keeping with its historic purpose. The Sanctuary has been home to many of the region’s most distinguished musicians in concert, and offers a lovely setting for weddings and memorial services. Please note that officiants for weddings or memorial services should be a Unitarian Universalist minister or seminarian, or will require special approval from our parish minister. Fee: $396 for 3 hours (minimum time), $132 for each additional hour.
Community Center: The Community Center is located on the ground floor behind the Sanctuary, and accommodates between 100-160 people depending on set-up. It has wood laminate floor space of about 1,900 square feet. It is equipped with a piano (Yamaha Electronic), ceiling-mounted projector and microphone connections. There is an adjoining full kitchen that you can add on to your rental for an additional fee. Fee: $180 for 2-hours (minimum time, except for a post-concert reception), $90 each additional hour.
Catering Kitchen: The Kitchen adjoining the Community Center is a catering kitchen and can be added on to any rental (if available) for an additional. Equipment usage in this space must be used in compliance with posted operating instructions. Renters must remove or discard all refreshments upon departure; food and beverages may not be left on counters or in refrigerators. Rental fee: $60/event.
Library: The Library is located on the ground floor of our main building, and accommodates up to 15 people. The room is equipped with a large conference table and chairs. Please note that this room is connected to the Community Center with built-in partitioning to section off the space. Rental fee: $60/hour.
Follen Patio: The Follen Patio is located outside to the left of our Sanctuary, and can accommodate 40-60 people depending on set-up. The space is handicap accessible and is comprised on granite stone pavers. There is outside electricity available in this space. Rental fee: $90/hour.
Epp Sonin Music Room: The Epp Sonin Music Room is located on the top floor of our main building, and accommodates up to 96 people depending on set-up. It is an 840 square foot, light-filled, open floor space with vaulted ceiling and wooden floors, suitable for music rehearsals, intimate concerts, receptions, and large meetings. It is equipped with a grand piano. Chairs, tables, microphones and a projector are available as needed. Fee: $180 for two hours (minimum time), $90 for each additional hour.
Anne Smith Room and Patio: The Anne Smith Room and Patio is located on the first floor behind the Sanctuary, and accommodates up to 27 people depending on set-up. It is a carpeted space of about 405 square feet and is equipped with a piano (Yamaha Electronic), wooden chairs, and a ceiling-mounted projector. The adjoining kitchenette is available for use at no extra charge. Rental fee: $72/hour.
Meeting Room #210: This meeting room is located on the top floor of our main building, and accommodates up to 18 people. It is furnished with a meeting table and chairs. There is a kitchenette nearby available for use at no extra charge. Rental fee: $60/hour.
Meeting Room #213: This meeting room is located on the top floor of our main building, and accommodates up to 18 people. It is furnished with a meeting table and chairs. There is a kitchenette nearby available for use at no extra charge. Rental fee: $60/hour.
Chalice Room: The Chalice Room is located on the top floor of the main building, and can accommodate 4-6 people. It is furnished with a table and chairs. Rental fee: $30/hour.
Marshman Center Meeting Room (unavailable until July 2023): The Marshman Center ground floor meeting room is a carpeted space, and will accommodate 20-40 people depending on setup. The room is furnished with a conference table and chairs. The adjoining kitchenette is available for use at no extra charge. A handicapped-accessible bathroom is nearby on the ground floor inside the main church building. Rental fee: $60/hour.
Marshman Center Classroom A (unavailable until July 2023): Located on the second floor of the Marshman Center, this classroom will accommodate 8-10 people. Please note this classroom is not handicap accessible and requires participants to climb stairs. Rental fee: $30/hour.
Marshman Center Classroom B (unavailable until July 2023): Located on the second floor of the Marshman Center, this classroom will accommodate 8-10 people. Please note this classroom is not handicap accessible and requires participants to climb stairs. Rental fee: $30/hour.
**Rental Fees updated January 2023.