Our beautiful, historic church building is available for rent to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and private individuals for non-commercial events and activities at reasonable rates. Whether you are looking for a unique wedding venue or planning a meeting, class, annual retreat, or birthday party, we hope our space may be utilized as an extension of our ministry in the community.
Our Fellowship Hall, Sanctuary, and small meeting room are available to rent. Each of these spaces is wheelchair accessible, either by ramp or by ramp and lift.
Our beautiful vaulted Sanctuary with a center aisle and pews arranged in a crescent configuration lends itself to a perfectly intimate wedding, holy union, commitment ceremony, or renewal of vows. With a maximum seating capacity of 250 people, the Sanctuary is awash in the light of vintage stained-glass windows and excellent acoustics to amplify the sound of our pipe organ or grand piano. A sound system is available as well.
Rev. Laura Rose or Rev. Lacey Hunter will work with you to create a ceremony that celebrates your relationship and honors your spirituality, wherever you find yourself on life’s journey. Reflective of our progressive understanding of the Christian faith, we offer traditional, interfaith, and alternative ceremonies. In addition, as bold advocates of marriage equality, we welcome gay and lesbian couples who are seeking to honor their relationship and their spirituality with a sacred ceremony. We enjoy working with couples to craft a service that combines the use of ritual, prayers, and music in creative ways. Generally, the couple comes to the pastor’s office for two sessions, each an hour and a half long. During this time, we will get to know your history as individuals and as a couple and discuss your hopes and dreams for the future. We will offer you several wedding planning resources and work with you to put together a ceremony that is personal and meaningful.
First Congregational Church of Alameda offers wedding coordination to assist in creating a beautiful, memorable, and sacred ceremony. Our Coordinator serves as liaison between the couple, church, and minister focusing on ceremony arrangements, decoration, and rehearsal. We can facilitate the choreography and ensure that the ceremony will run smoothly and on schedule. Our sanctuary allows for a traditional wedding march down a center aisle, or both members of a couple may wish to emerge from separate doors located at the back of our chancel. This second option offers a unique and dignified alternative to any ceremony. The couple is welcome to secure their own coordinator, in which case ours will act as representative for the church.
If you would like to book your ceremony or view our facility, you are invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-522-6012 to arrange an appointment. This will give you an opportunity to learn about calendar considerations and staff availability, as well as the policy and fee schedules.