Our Historic Buildings

Located in the heart of Medfield, our 200+ year old building is the oldest continuously used public building in town. Learn more about the history of our building.

Facility Rental

Rental Policy

The Executive Board of First Parish welcomes the use of its facilities for meetings of local civic, educational, cultural, business, and self-help groups, subject to the following guidelines:

A Reservation Form must be completed and submitted to the Property Coordinator for review, approval and scheduling. We prefer at least two weeks notice so we may make the necessary arrangements to help your activity or event go smoothly. Large events should be scheduled months in advance, if possible, to reserve the space and to ensure the publicity for the event is not rushed. Groups with a regular meeting schedule are also welcome. We encourage public use of the historic buildings and grounds on a space-available basis, scheduled through our Property Coordinator; however, we cannot endorse events or their sponsors without formal action by the members of First Parish. We’ll need to review your publicity materials prior to publication to ensure that no endorsement is implied.

Facilities

First Parish facilities and grounds are smoke-free. No food or drink is allowed in the sanctuary.

The historic First Meetinghouse has two main spaces:

  • The Sanctuary/Auditorium, which is on the upper floor and accessible by public elevator, can accommodate up to 210 people in its antique pews. In the early years of the nation, this was where Town Meetings were held, as well as worship services. Today, this grand space is decorated in a calming, religiously neutral manner — suitable for many activities, secular or religious.
  • The Vestry, which is the multi-purpose space, is on the ground floor. It can be set up for events with or without chairs or tables. Depending on the setup, it can accommodate about 100 people with tables, and up to about 220 without. There is a kitchen adjacent to the Vestry.

The “U House”

  • Next to the meetinghouse is the parish house, which we call the “U House.”  It is also available for rentals. It can accommodate up to 25 people for meetings. A small kitchen is available there as well.

In addition to the buildings, the First Parish grounds include much of the large park-like area next to Baker’s Pond. This area is ideal for outdoor events — weddings, receptions, and the like.

Rental Fees
Please note that discounts are available for not for profit organizations and for members. For information, please contact us
Facility Fee Time Unit
Meetings in Sanctuary $150 Day
Weddings, including rehearsal date. 350 Event
Music recitals 100 4 hours
Vestry (add $25 for use of kitchen equipment) 50 2 hours
The Vestry is available in 2-hour blocks @ $50/block; $90 for a 4-hour block and $180 for 8 hours
U-House (weekday meetings) 25 2 hours
U House is available in 2-hour blocks @ $25 for a 2-hr block; $45 for a 4-hr block; $90 for 8 hours or more
Use of grounds 400 Event
(with use of Vestry) 500
Note: Set-up and take-down time must occur during rented time slot, so be sure to reserve enough time

 

How to Rent

  • Check the calendar for the date and time planned for the event.
  • If there is nothing reserved for the time and space desired, the space is probably available. (Sometimes an event in one space precludes events in other spaces.)
  • Read the Use Policy.
  • Prepare a rental form.
  • If you have any questions or want to alert us to the arrival of the form, please call or email the property coordinator.
  • Send completed Rental Form and payment to the property coordinator at First Parish (address below).
  • We will contact you and arrange for you to pick up a key or be let in. You are welcome to arrange to see the space before committing to the rental.
  • Have a good event.
  • Return key.

For more information, contact Sandra Andreassi at (508) 359-4594 or email admin@firstparishmedfield.org.