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.

Our church is currently upholding several safety protocols in response to the ongoing  COVID-19 pandemic. We require that all building users and guests wear masks while in the building. We offer 3-ply, surgical masks for all guests as our research has shown this variety of mask offers greater protection and safety while meeting indoors. 

Please know that no alcohol is permitted on the premises.

Available Spaces:

All areas on the first floor are handicap-accessible. There is also a single-stall, all-gender restroom on the first floor. 

Sanctuary

  • Rental Fee – $90 per hour

  • Dimensions – approx. 4300 square feet

  • Seating capacity – 400, masked

  • The room has an organ and a piano, which can be used upon request.

  • 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.

Vestry Hall

  • Rental Fee – $80 per hour

  • Dimensions – approx. 1700 square feet

  • Seating capacity – 150, masked

  • The room has a piano, which can be used upon request.

  • 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 – $110 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. 

Library

  • Please contact the office for a rental fee quote

  • Dimensions – ~300 square feet

  • Seating capacity – 15, masked

 

Available Spaces:

All amenities are available upon request, at no extra cost.

These amenities include:

Tables and Chairs:
  • 10 round tables (light, sturdy plastic)
  • 8 rectangular tables (heavy, wood)
  • 75 metal folding chairs
  • 40 wooden chairs
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
Projector Screen
P.A. System with two microphones in Sanctuary

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 if a security deposit is made.

For a single concert rental, a dress rehearsal within the week of the concert may be added at no extra cost, dependent on availability.

Rental Process:

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 deposit of $200 will secure your date. The remaining balance is due by the event date.

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.