Building Rental Information
Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church has a number of spaces available for rent by individuals or non-profit groups. We welcome the opportunity to host your next concert, recital, celebration, meeting, or coffee-house. Rentals are available for all lengths of time: one-time events, short-term meetings, and long-term meetings. All building-use rentals are for a minimum of three hours.
Please know that no alcohol is permitted on the premises.
All areas on the first floor are handicap-accessible. There is also a single-stall, all-gender restroom on the first floor.
Rental Fee – $120 per hour
Dimensions – approx. 4300 square feet
Seating capacity – 400
The sanctuary has a piano, which can be used upon request for no extra charge, and an organ that can be rented for an additional fee with the permission of the music director. Piano tuning, if required, is at the expense of the renting party.
The sanctuary is acoustically ideal for chamber ensembles (instrumental and vocal) and choral music. The piano is a Steinway Model A from 1910, rebuilt in 1995.
Rental Fee – $100 per hour
Dimensions – approx. 1700 square feet
Seating capacity – 150
The room has a piano, which can be used upon request for no extra charge. Piano tuning, if required, is at the expense of the renting party.
The Sanctuary and Community Room are divided by sliding doors. The doors can be left open to allow for overflow seating from the sanctuary.
Sanctuary and Vestry Hall
- Rental Fee – $170 per hour
- Dimensions – approx. 6000 square feet
- Seating capacity – 550, masked
- The Sanctuary and Vestry Hall are divided by sliding doors. The doors can be left open to use these spaces for one event or one series of events.
- These two spaces are sometimes rented together for overflow seating or to have a reception in the vestry immediately following an event in the sanctuary. No food is permitted in the sanctuary space.
Rental fee – $50 per hour. If used as a green room, the fee is $150.
Dimensions – ~300 square feet
Seating capacity – 30-35
All amenities are available upon request, at no extra cost.
These amenities include:
Tables and Chairs:
- 10 round tables (light, sturdy plastic)
- 3 long rectangular tables (heavy, wood)
- 1 small rectangular wooden table
- 80 metal folding chairs
- 70 wooden chairs
Projector Screen may be rented if available on the date of your event
P.A. System in the sanctuary and vestry. Two microphones and on handheld mic.
Other fees and information:
In addition to the building-use fee, there is a sexton’s fee of $25 per hour, so a representative from the church can be present for your event. This fee can be waived only for weekly rentals if a security deposit is made.
For a single concert rental, a dress rehearsal within the week of the concert may be added, dependent on availability.
If interested, please send an email to [email protected] or call the church office at 617-354-0837. We will answer any questions that you may have and discuss availability. If you decide to move forward with the rental, a non-refundable deposit of $200 per event date will be required to secure your date(s). The remaining balance is due a month prior to the event date or by special arrangement.
Location and Parking:
The church is located on 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, across from the Cambridge Common and next to Harvard Law School. There is no on-site parking available. However, there are metered parking spots on Massachusetts Ave. The church is a five-minute walk from the Harvard Square T-stop on the Red Line. Additionally, the #77 bus has a stop in front of the church. We can refer you to potential sources of parking for your event.