Please read through our Building Use Policy below before reserving our Wesley Center.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES PROPERTY USE POLICY
The buildings and grounds of the First United Methodist Church of Morris (FUMC) exist to worship God and to carry out His missions within the community, our nation, and the world. All persons using our church facilities, whether member or non-member, are expected to maintain the sanctity and treat church property respectfully, as a gift from God.
A copy of this policy will be distributed to all officials of the church, including all church committees and teams. People requesting use of any church facility will be given a copy of this policy at the time the request is made.
SCHEDULING OF FACILITIES
Any group or individual that wishes to use the church facilities must complete a Facility Use Form provided by the church office. Permission to use the facilities can only be granted when use is consistent with the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. All event requests are subject to approval by the church staff.
First United Methodist Church of Morris reserves the right to:
a) Accommodate or deny any group.
b) Reschedule or cancel any non-church related event if a scheduling conflict arises with said event and a church-related activity.
c) Schedule other areas of church facilities for use during any scheduled event if minimal disruption occurs to either event.
GENERAL RULES FOR ALL OCCASIONS
a) All events are to comply with the church Safe Sanctuary Policy. This policy can be obtained from the church office.
b) Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are NEVER to be possessed or consumed on any church property.
c) Tobacco products are not to be used within 50 feet of church buildings.
d) Church buildings and grounds are a no concealed carry zone as set forth in 430 ILCS 66/65 (2014)
e) Profanity by any person will not be tolerated at any church related or non-church related event.
f) Animals, other than service animals, are not permitted on church property without consent of the Board of Trustees.
g) The facilities are to be left in the same condition as found. All trash must be placed in trash bags and placed in the dumpster closest to the church. If it’s icy, leave by the back door. Failure to do so will result in an additional maintenance fee.
h) Open flames are prohibited without consent of the church staff or the Board of Trustees.
i) Nothing shall be hung on the walls of the church buildings without consent of the church staff or the Board of Trustees.
j) Activities are limited to that portion of the facility reserved (classroom, fellowship hall, etc.) Use of additional space, for example, unauthorized use of church kitchen, may result in refusal to schedule future events. If a room or area assignment has been made, the group may not change the room or area without checking with the church office during office hours.
k) There is a separate usage policy for weddings. Please contact the church office.
INSURANCE AND HOLD HARMLESS
Insurance. At the discretion of the First United Methodist Church of Morris, organizations and individuals using the facility will be required to provide a Certificate of Insurance naming the First United Methodist Church of Morris as additional insured with a Waiver of Subrogation and a 30-day notice of cancellation. Required limits of liability will be determined on a case by case basis.
Hold Harmless. The organization or individual using the facility (the “Using Party”) agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the First United Methodist Church of Morris, IL ( including all its Trustees, members, clergy, officers, employees and agents) from and against any and all third party claims, liabilities, damages, and during, or as a result of, the Using Party’s use of the facilities. The Using Party agrees to notify the First United Methodist Church of Morris immediately after becoming aware of any such Claim, stating the facts constituting the basis for the claim.
FACILITY USE FEES Member Non-member
Sanctuary Donation $150
Fellowship Hall Donation 75 people and under - $50, over 75 people - $100
Kitchen (cooking) Donation $100
Sanctuary Soundboard $25 $25
Wesley Center Common Room Donation $100
Wesley Center Gym Donation $50
Wesley Center-whole building Donation $150
For non-profits, fees are at the discretion of church Trustees.