Fellowship & Founders Halls

 

The Fellowship Hall of the Parish Life Center will serve our church family in a number of different ways. We will be able to accommodate 450 people at a sit-down dinner, with our fully-equipped kitchen supporting two lines for buffet service. At dinner-dances, parishioners will find the all-purpose flooring to be easy on their dancing feet. For fashion shows and theatrical skits, a portable stage can be set up at one end of the Hall, with 450 people sitting theater-style. In addition, the Hall is a full-size gymnasium with basketball goals and can be set up for volleyball, so we expect there will be many a spirited game played in the PLC.

 

Founders Hall will also be available for parish events of 125 people or less.

 

As with the Meeting Room wing, all of us that use the Fellowship Hall, whether as a Hall or sporting center, and Founders Hall need to follow some procedures and assume some responsibilities to assure that our facilities meet all our needs and remain in good condition.

 

Priority Use

Priority use of the Fellowship Hall and Founders Hall is given as follows:

1.                            Parish events that are sponsored by the entire parish or one of its organizations (Women’s Club, Knights of Columbus, Senior Youth, etc.). These groups can reserve the Hall by completing the green Request Form available  in the church office (237-3428). Requests must be made at least 30 days in advance and can be submitted up to 18 months in advance. Because we anticipate the Fellowship Hall especially will be in great demand, we advise that reservations be made as far in advance as possible. If an event is reoccurring on a regular basis, please note that on the Request Form.

 

2.                            Ecumenical and charitable events sponsored by the Pastor.

 

3.                            Parishioner-sponsored events where the Fellowship Hall or Founders Hall is rented by a parishioner or group of parishioners. Requests to reserve either location can be made 3 months in advance by completing the lavender Request Form for Parishioner-Sponsored Events available in the church office (237-3428). Such events will have to be approved by the PLC Oversight Committee. At the time of approval, a deposit must be paid for the rental fee and other forms (rental agreement, insurance) must be completed by 30 days before the event.

 

     There are two kinds of parishioner-sponsored events:

·        Private parties such as anniversaries, birthdays, wedding receptions.

·        Civic or community organization events sponsored by a parishioner who is a member of the organization and who will be in attendance and will accept responsibility for the rental and other established procedures. The organization must be from Georgetown County and must be charitable or non-profit. A parishioner cannot sponsor any political or for-profit events in the Parish Life Center and Founders Hall.

 

Parishioners who rent the Founders Hall (125 people or less) or the Fellowship Hall (over 125 people) for events outlined in #3 under Priority Use will pay the following fee:

 

 

Founders Hall Fellowship Hall

Rent

$600

$1500

Kitchen fee

None

$300

Insurance+

$120

$120

                                                                 

 

*The clean-up fee is included in the rental fee but may be reassessed based on the condition the Hall is left in following the event. (See attached Clean-up checklist.)
+Insurance is required by the Diocese. Further information is available in the Insurance section.

A deposit of $250 for Fellowship Hall and the full amount of $150 for Founders Hall are required when the event is approved by the PLC Oversight Committee. At that time, the parishioner will also sign a Rental Agreement. Remaining fees are due 15 days in advance of the event. 
 

 

Hours of Operation

The hours of operation for the Fellowship Hall and Founders Hall are:

 

Monday-Friday

7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday

7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m

Sunday 

Noon to 11 p.m. (exceptions allowed for parish breakfasts)

        

Cancellations: If an event has to be cancelled, please notify the church office as soon as possible. Other groups may be on a waiting list to use the facilities.

 

Kitchen

The Parish Life Center kitchen is fully furnished with sophisticated equipment that can be used only by those parishioners trained in its use. To receive training, contact the church office.  At least one parishioner who has been trained must be present in the kitchen for all events described above.

 

The following items will be available for events as described in #1 and #2 under Priority Use:

 

Dinner plates

450

Salad plates

450

 Dessert plates

450

Coffee mugs

425

Soup cups

450

Flatware set

450

Glasses

500

                       

Parishioner-sponsored private events described in #3 above must provide their own dinnerware, flatware and glassware and can use the kitchen only for warming. The Events Coordinator or a parishioner who has been trained in the use of the kitchen must be present for any of these parishioner-sponsored events and should be paid $15 per hour for his/her services. Caterers are allowed and can be selected from the approved caterer list in the office. Caterers will be allowed to use the dishwasher. A Catering Form is attached.

 

Tables and Chairs

The Fellowship Hall has the following number of tables and chairs which can be used by for both parish events and parishioner-sponsored events:

 

72-inch round tables

  36

60-inch round tables

  11

96-inch rectangular tables

    4

Stackable chairs

450

                                   

The Events Coordinator will be responsible for set-up and tear-down of the tables and chairs in the Fellowship Hall. Organizations and parishioners should coordinate their needs with this person by calling the church office.

As in the past, committees and organizations are responsible for set-up and tear-down for events in Founders Hall.

 

 

Alcohol

South Carolina law determines how alcoholic beverages are allowed and served in the Fellowship Hall and Founders Hall. Alcoholic beverages are permitted at parish sponsored events, such as dinner-dances, and at parishioner-sponsored private functions with the permission of the Oversight Committee. At no time will alcohol use be permitted or tolerated when the Fellowship Hall is used as a gymnasium for sporting events.

The following rules shall apply when alcoholic beverages are being served:

*Alcohol cannot be sold and must be provided by the person or group responsible for the event.

*All servers of alcoholic beverages must be 21 years of age or older.

* Servers may not personally partake of any alcoholic beverage while serving others.

* Alcohol will not be served to anyone under the age of 21, to anyone who appears to be intoxicated, or to anyone who is knowingly providing drinks to underage persons.

* Anyone dispensing drinks should serve only one drink at a time.

We highly recommend that a professional bartender be used at all functions or parties where liquor is served, and the caterer’s liability must cover the bartender.

We also highly recommend that an off-duty Sheriff’s deputy be hired for all major functions. Off-duty deputies are available through the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at a rate of $20 per hour.

 

Clean-Up

The organization, group or parishioner using either the Fellowship Hall or Founders Hall is responsible for cleaning either facility and must leave it in the same condition as it was before the event. A pre- and post-event checklist will be used. Failure to clean the facility properly will result in the loss of all or part of the deposit, if required.

 

Any foods must be removed from the kitchen or the Halls at the end of the event. Any foods left will be disposed of the next day.

 

Trash should be bagged and put in the dumpster located outside the kitchen.

 

Insurance

The Diocese of Charleston requires that an insurance policy be taken out for all non-church events such as parishioner-sponsored private parties and functions. The cost for this policy is $110 and is obtainable through the Diocese insurance company. A form is available through the church office. These must be completed, paid for and returned to the church office 30 days before the event.

 

And please review the Hall
Policies and Procedures by clicking here.