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Church and Parish Hall Availability 

 

Our beautiful church building, erected in 1848, is a Registered National Landmark and was designed by Richard Upjohn, a master of Gothic Revival architecture, who also designed Trinity Church, Wall Street, NYC. The Parish House, built in the 1920's, has spaces available, including our spacious and beautiful Parish Hall with a small stage, and a basement gathering space, classroom, and kitchen.   

The Church's primary use is for the worship of God, and the mission and ministry of Grace Church in Newark. Nonetheless, Grace Church offers these attractive spaces, including the church, for use by organizations or events which benefit our wider community at affordable fees to cover upkeep and usage;  contact office@gracechurchinnewark.org or Fr. Bates for more information.

General building policies

  1. The Rector determines the usage of the building in accordance with the ministry and mission of the Church. 

  2. Church services, including weddings and funerals, have priority over other building use.

  3. Non-profit community partners whose mission fit with that of Grace Church may negotiate fees for building usage that will contribute towards utilities, cleaning, and other costs of owning and maintaining a building.

  4. The buildings may also be used for a fee for private receptions or other events at the discretion of the Rector. Fees help offset the costs of maintaining the building and the church's ministry and mission.

  5. Events will usually require a Door Attendant to allow participants access to the facilities and to check-in for the event. Depending on the time, space used, and nature of the event, the parish may provide a Door Attendant at an additional fee.

  6. Fees and deposits must be paid upfront.

  7. Events may not happen on Sunday mornings, many Sunday afternoons, or Saturday evenings (all events must be completed by 6:00 p.m. on Saturday).  All other night and daytime use is subject to availability and approval.

 

These policies apply to parishioners and non-parishioners alike.

 

USE OF PARISH HALL:

  1. The spacious and attractive Parish Hall may be utilized for non-profit events and meetings or for private receptions or other events.

  2. Music (at a reasonable level) and dancing are allowed.  A sound system must be provided by the user.

  3. Wine, beer, and mixed drinks may be served (not sold) to anyone 21 and older, but hard liquor is not allowed. Further, attractive non-alcoholic beverages must be available.

  4. The use fee for the Parish Hall is $300 per an event lasting 3 hours or less with an additional charge of $75 for each additional hour. Non-profits may negotiate a reduced rate.

  5. The use fee, a non-refundable $100 custodial fee, and a refundable $200 damage fee are due the week prior to the event.

  6. Except for the usage of the Parish Hall for Wedding and Funeral Receptions, these fees apply to non-members and communicants alike (see fee adjustments for communicants on the Wedding & Funeral pages).

OTHER SPACES: 

  1. Other spaces may be used for one-time events or ongoing use. Fees will be set for each situation.

  2. The Parish House’s basement is in need of renovation, but includes a large gathering area, classrooms, kitchen, and large restrooms. Interested parties should contact Fr. Bates.

  3. Other smaller rooms may be available.

USE OF CHURCH:

  1. The Church worship space itself may be used for other large events such as Recitals, if it is determined that they will not disrupt the sanctity of the space.

  2. Fees begin at $500 per an event lasting 3 hours or less.

  3. There will be an additional charge of $100 for each additional hour.

  4. The use fee, a non-refundable $100 custodial fee, and a refundable $300 damage fee are due the week prior to the event.  

  5. Except for the usage of the Church for Weddings and Funerals, these fees apply to non-members and communicants alike (see fee adjustments for communicants on the Wedding & Funeral pages).