Use of Church Facility
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SEVERNA PARK United Methodist Church
  
USE OF CHURCH FACILITY
 
 
Introduction

Our church facilities are available to promote SPUMC sponsored ministries as well as outreach into the community as approved by the Church Facilities Manager and Board of Trustees.

The facility is primarily intended for use by members of the church.  Examples include worship services, education, fellowship, and administrative functions sponsored by the church.  However, we also welcome facility usage by approved outside organizations to support our outreach efforts into our community.   

Use Of Facility Policy

Our goal is to make the facility available to individuals and organizations, consistent with The Book of Discipline, for activities/events that promote well-being in the community. The complete Building Usage Policy can be viewed here and takes precedence over the condensed guidelines found on this page.

Facility Use By
Outside Groups
Or Organizations

It is the policy of Severna Park United Methodist Church (SPUMC) that only non-profit religious, educational, recreational charitable or civic activity groups may be able to use the facilities of the church. Political activities and gambling activities such as raffles, bingo, lotteries, etc. are examples of functions that are not permitted. If your group meets the above criteria and has state/federal non-profit status and you would like to inquire about the use of SPUMC facilities, please contact Dave McKinney at the church office.

Scheduling

Please submit the Room Use Request Forms to the Church Office at least three weeks in advance Each room is scheduled separately so please do not assume you have the use of the kitchen if you would like to use the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Dave McKinney for further information.

Starting/Ending Times

Non-sponsored SPUMC Events:  Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM. through 9:30 PM. Weekends from 9:00 AM. through 6:00 PM. The building must be cleared no later than 30 minutes after the stated closing times. Exceptions to these times must be approved in advance by the Facilities Manager and will be subject to a custodial surcharge.

SPUMC Sponsored Events:  Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM. through 9:30 PM. Weekends from 9:00 AM. through 9:30 PM. The building must be cleared no later than 30 minutes after the stated closing times. Exceptions to these times must be approved in advance by the Facilities Manager.

Fees

Fees will be charged in accordance with the most recent Fee Schedule approved by the Board of Trustees at the time the request is made and approval given for use.

Breakage

All persons and/or groups using our facilities are expected to exercise reasonable care and judgment in such use in order to prevent defacement, damage, or breakage. The persons signing the Application for use shall be responsible for paying costs incurred by the church in cleaning, repairing, or replacing any part of the building or its furnishings and equipment which in the judgment of the SPUMC Board of Trustees has been carelessly or irresponsibly subjected to more than normal wear and tear by the persons or group involved.

Room Setups

All rooms have been designated with a standard room setup. Any setup changes requested by the group are subject to approval by the  Facilities Manager and are considered in the calculation of Impact Fees.

Smoking

All members of all groups using our facilities shall abide at all times by the church’s stated smoking policy.  Violation of this rule is sufficient ground for a church staff member to withdraw immediately any group’s use of the facilities and/or to deny use in the future.

Alcohol

The serving, consumption, or use of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, or other controlled substances shall not be permitted at any time on church property, including the outdoor areas and parking lots.

Banner Display

(For Church Use Only)

The display of a banner announcing a coming SPUMC event must be scheduled in advance through the Church Office. Banners are to be provided by the group or organization sponsoring the event, and must be approved by the Board of Trustees and the Church Council in advance. Please contact Dave McKinney (410-987-4700) for further information.

Other Policies

Other policies such as Eligibility/Priotitization, Organ and Piano Use, Sanctuary Furniture, Games of Chance, Supervision of Children and Youth, Decorations, Storage, Bicycles and Skateboards, Security and more are contained in the SPUMC Building Usage Policy found here.

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For further information, please email Dave McKinney
   
 
Severna Park United Methodist Church
731 Benfield Road,  Severna Park,  MD 21146
Phone: 410-987-4700    Emergency Pager 410-991-6639

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