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Usage & Rental Policies
The Place houses the Student Ministries ofFirstBaptistChurch. The building helps further the youth, college, and other ministries of the church. Therefore, The Place is available for church members to use for church functions when it is not being used by the Student Ministries. The Place is also available for non-church use, by church members and by non-church members, when no other church functions have been scheduled. Checking availability, for both church functions and non-church use, and booking may be done by contacting the church office.
By using The Place, participants agree to abide by all church policies relating to building usage, including but not limited to the following. When participating in events at The Place, participants and supervisors are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that furthers, and does not hinder, the mission ofFirstBaptistChurchand its Student Ministry. Participants, particularly young people, may be asked to leave a function at any time by supervisors. Such participants must be picked up promptly upon dismissal. Furthermore, supervisors have the authority to shut down a function at any time, even without notice, should they deem it necessary to uphold FBC policies.
For all non-Student Ministry usage of The Place (church functions or non-church use), users must either fully clean up after themselves or pay a $100 optional clean-up fee. The option to pay the fee must be decided upon no less than one week prior to the event. Should users clean up on their own, they must at least do the following:
-Fully sweep and vacuum all used areas.
-If needed, mopping must be done (only with a mop bucket and water—no chemicals, etc.).
-Wipe down all surfaces used.
-Check bathrooms for cleanliness.
If users agree to clean up after themselves and the building is not left in a satisfactory condition, users may be subject to an additional fee, up to $100.
No audio and visual equipment may be used without a church-appointed, authorized individual running such systems. The fee for such an individual is $50 for functions lasting less than three hours and $25 for each additional hour. No video game equipment may be used without first checking with the church office about its availability. If video game equipment is available for a function or event, the responsible parties must be trained in how to properly use the equipment.
Food is the responsibility of the party using or renting The Place. We ask that you avoid foods that could do permanent damage to the facility, as well as food that could stick to the flooring, such as Skittles, Starburst, or gum.
Special Policies for Non-Church Usage of The Place
Every effort will be made to not move the date of a party, event, or function once it is booked, as doing so would be a great inconvenience. However, under certain circumstances, Student Ministries and church ministries reserve the right to ask that a party, event, or function be moved to another date if the need arises for The Place to be used for a Student Ministry or church event.
Participants and supervisors at The Place must abide by certain guidelines, including but not limited to the following:
-Behavior must be in accordance with the mission ofFirstBaptistChurch. As such, profanity and inappropriate speech will not be tolerated.
-Discretion must be used in choosing appropriate ways of showing affection. Adult chaperones and supervisors may address situations of inappropriate displays of affection at any time.
-The use of alcohol, tobacco products, and illegal drugs are not allowed.
-No weapons of any kind are allowed inside The Place.
-Students are not allowed to roam the areas around The Place. Students must be inside the building or on the porch and adjoining yard at all times, unless being picked up by a parent/guardian.
-Safety practices must be followed at all times.
-The Place is equipped with internet services. The computers in the building are internet-ready; and the building is equipped with a filtered, wireless internet system. Usage of any computer or internet service is strictly prohibited unless previous arrangements are made. Such arrangements must be made no less than one week prior to the date of the event.
-Entering the electrical room, the unfinished space on the second floor, and administrative offices of The Place is prohibited. The conference room may only be used if prior arrangements are made. The upstairs area should only be used to come in and out of The Place. The downstairs storage room should only be entered if prior access is granted. The warming kitchen should only be used for serving food. Students are not allowed in the warming kitchen.
-There must be one adult chaperone (twenty-one years or older) for every seven students.
-All decorations must be removed upon completion of the event.
For all non-church usage, The Place may be rented by a church member for $150. Non-members may rent The Place for $250. This cost includes three hours of usage, plus one hour of set-up. Payments for cleaning and audio/visual usage are over and above these rates. Additionally, a date for a non-church event will be considered “locked-in” when the church office receives a $100 non-refundable deposit. This deposit goes toward the rental fee. Any event lasting over three hours must have prior approval and will incur a fee of $75 for each additional hour.
Other additional items:
-The responsible party, as listed below, must be at The Place at all times.
-Generally speaking, The Place is not available for usage on Sundays and Wednesdays.
-All events should be concluded by 10:00 p.m., unless other arrangements are made. Such arrangements must be made no less than three business days before the requested use.
-Arrangements for opening and closing The Place must be made with the church office no less than three business days before the requested use.
-Furniture, equipment, and other items within The Place may not be moved unless prior arrangements are made. If such arrangements are made, all furniture, equipment, and other items in The Place must be returned to their proper places. A fee of up to $100 may be charged for moving/removing furniture.
-All food waste must be disposed in the kitchen trashcans only.
-If used, all dishes, utensils, and kitchen items must be cleaned and returned to their proper places.
-Be sure all lights are turned off, all doors locked, and air is at appointed level.
-Users are financially responsible for any damage caused. Determining the extent of damage and the respective repair costs is at the discretion of the church.