Facility Use Policy of Union Grove

Facility Purpose Statement - This is a general statement in addition too printed materials


The Church's facilities were provided by God's benevolence and the sacrificial generosity of its members. All Church property is consecrated and set apart to worship God (Col 3:17), and therefore is to be used exclusively to glorify God and edify the Body of Christ. Although the facilities are not generally open to the public, MyUnionGrove (the "Church") makes its facilities available to approved persons on a case-by-case basis as a witness to its faith, in a spirit of Christian charity, and as a means of demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in practice.


The Church's facilities may not be used for activities that contradict, or are inconsistent with, the Church's beliefs, as summarized in the Church's statement of faith. This restricted facility use policy is necessary for two reasons. First, the Church may not in good conscience materially cooperate in activities or promote beliefs that are contrary to its faith (2 Cor 6:14; 1 Thess 5:22). Second, the Church must present a consistent public witness to the community through its stewardship of its property. Allowing facilities to be used by those who express beliefs or engage in practices contrary to the Church's faith would have a severe, negative impact on the message that the Church strives to promote and could cause confusion and scandal to Church members and the community. Therefore, only events that are consistent with the Church's religious beliefs, as determined by the pastors, elders, or other official designees shall be permitted.


Approved Users


The pastors, elders, or other official designees must approve all Church facility use requests. Priority shall be given to Church members and Church-sponsored groups or activities.

In the Church's sole discretion, Church facilities may be made available to members, non-members, or outside groups (the "User") meeting the following qualifications:

The User must affirm that the planned facility use does not violate the Church's faith and practice.

The User must submit a signed "Facility Use Request" form.

The User must agree to abide by the Church's rules of conduct for facility use, as stated below and as described in any additional instructions by Church staff.

The User must take responsibility for the facilities and equipment used.

Event Requests and Scheduling

Facility use requests shall be made by submitting the "Facility Use Request" form to the Church office or official designee. The event will be reserved and placed on the church calendar only when the pastors, elders, or other official designees approve the use.


Fees

Use of Church facilities is subject to a security deposit and a nonrefundable maintenance fee, which may be waived at the sole discretion of the pastors, elders, or other official designees. Church members are exempt from this fee because maintenance of the facilities are derived from member tithes and offerings.


Facility Use Guidelines

Users may only enter and use those areas of the facilities that have been reserved.

Food and Beverages: are not allowed beyond the fellowship hall and gym.

Alcohol: no alcohol may be served on church property.

Smoking is prohibited in any indoor Church facility and out door grounds.

Sex-specific changing areas, restrooms, and showers are to be used by members of the designated biological sex only.

Church equipment must be returned to original placement, unless arranged otherwise prior to the event.

All lights must be turned off and doors locked upon departure.

Abusive or foul language, violent behavior, and drug or alcohol abuse are strictly prohibited on church premises. Any person exhibiting such behavior will be required to leave the premises.

Insurance

For all non-Church-sponsored events, the User must obtain liability insurance coverage naming the Church as an additional insured. The User must also sign an "Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreement."