Feel free to contact the church office (530-343-3727, or by email) to arrange for a tour of the facilities and to ask any additional questions you might have. The church office is open Monday through Friday, 8a.m.– noon, and 1 – 2:30p.m.
Requirements to Reserve Our Facility
Your group must be a non-profit organization
Your group must provide a certificate of insurance listing FCC Chico at additionally insurance and giving evidence of $1,000,000 liability
Children must be supervised at all times.
Your group must show respect for others using the facility
No alcohol is permitted on the facility
Fees Fees vary depending on the setup requested and are for the day requested. Additional fees will apply if, pursuant to your group's use, there are carpet stains, any damage to facility or equipment, if a room is used without authorization, and if keys are lost.
Refundable Deposit required to reserve your facility usage: $100
We have an idiosyncratic dishwasher which requires specific training to use. If your group wishes to use it, we request a suggested donation of $10 per hour to the church member supervising its use. Please note, your group is responsible for actually washing the dishes.
Please note we do NOT have a commercial kitchen, food prepared here can not be sold.
Koinonia Hall (our Fellowship Hall): $225-$415 Koinonia Hall Sound: $20, requires a scheduled training session to use Sanctuary: $230-$280 Sanctuary Sound: suggested donation of $75 to a church member trained on the system. Equipment
Overhead projector/screen: $20
Custodial time: varies on usage
Room Descriptions Classroom 6 & 10 Seats approximately 25 with all chairs, no tables Room 6 is 25'x17', half the floor is carpeted Room 10 is 28'x17', all tile floor Fireside Seating capacity is 59 dining, 80 if only chairs 36'x24', carpeted Chapel Seating capacity 35 32'x19', carpeted Kitchen Not a commercial kitchen. Oven use must be requested and requires advance notification. Konionia Hall (our Fellowship Hall) 185 seating for dining, 390 seating if only chairs Has a stage and a single speaker sound system. 66'x42' Sanctuary Seats over 250 in pews
Weddings Thank you for inquiring about First Christian Church as the place for your wedding. In the church, the marriage ceremony is a service of worship where you publicly exchange vows of love and commitment to each other. We hope the brief information here will be helpful to you as together you plan an occasion of beauty and great joy, a time when you truly feel the blessing of God as you begin your life together.
It is required that one of our ministers officiate at all of the weddings at our church; however, we realize that there may be a significant clergy-person from your past that you wish to have included in the ceremony and we are happy to accommodate as much as possible. Please let us know at the onset of the planning process if you desire to have another clergy involved in the ceremony.
Church Membership It is not a requirement that you be a member of First Christian Church to have your wedding in our sanctuary. If, however, you would like more information about our church we would be happy to share with you about the Disciples of Christ denomination, or you may visit the denomination website at www.disciples.org
Scheduling Your Wedding The first step in scheduling a wedding at First Christian Church is to contact our office and find out if the date is available. Next, would be to find out the availability of our pastoral staff. Then we have some informational paperwork that needs to be completed, and finally, when you turn in your paperwork we require a $100.00 non-refundable deposit to secure the date.
Use of the Church
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the church building or on church property. Also, members of the wedding party are expected to abstain from drinking alcohol before the wedding.
Smoking is not permitted in any part of the church building.
Flash photography is not permitted during the wedding itself, though pictures using available light are permitted from the rear balcony. Please discuss this with the minister. Pictures taken before and after the ceremony can certainly employ the use of flash enhancement. Videotape is allowed and the Wedding Hostess will discuss policy.
The church’s pipe organ requires specialized training. We have a list of those who are available to play for weddings. The grand piano is available if you have a friend or relative who you would like to have play for your wedding.
You are responsible for contacting the organist to help select music for your wedding and this is included in the organist’s fee.
Wedding and rehearsal times will be arranged with the pastor and we expect members of the wedding party to be prompt.
The church does not permit the throwing of rice or bird seed at the conclusion of a wedding.
You will be given an itemized listing of charges for your wedding as well as information regarding making out checks for individuals involved in the ceremony. All fees are payable no later than the rehearsal day.
The Wedding Host will work with you on the decorations that are allowed in the sanctuary.
Cost Information Estimated cost of wedding in the sanctuary: $905 Estimated cost of wedding in the sanctuary with a reception to follow in our Koinonia Hall: $1,500 Prices can vary depending on the size of the wedding, and other variables.
In addition to the use of the sanctuary, there is a large fellowship hall that can be utilized for a reception after your wedding; however, alcoholic beverages of any kind are not permitted in the church buildings or on church property.
Additional Forms Once you have submitted a facility usage request and it has been approved, the following forms must be filled out and returned. Application (this is separate from the facility usage request and must be completed) Guidelines and Koinonia Hall/Kitchen Checklist Setup Diagram (please do not assume anything will be provided unless you request it. Last minute changes are not possible)
Church Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8am-12noon; 1pm-2:30pm
Sunday Worship Times: 8:00 am in the chapel 10:00 am in the sanctuary