This policy governs the use of Central Union Church’s facilities. No commitment for building use is finalized until the Use Agreement has been approved and executed through the Church Administrator, or designated official if not available. Central Union Church’s facilities are primarily intended to support the mission and ministries of the church.
The purpose of all facility use will be compatible with the objectives and principles of Central Union Church (CUC). When possible we will attempt to make our facility available to local organizations and individuals for one-time or short-term usage, but our first priority is to congregation programs and membership needs. Priority is then given to nonprofit groups that are supported by our church and finally to other nonprofit organizations.
All non-church groups (any group not sponsored by or related to CUC) desiring to use facilities must confirm acceptance of the terms herein specified. All required application forms must be completed and approved by the church.
No commitment for building use is finalized until the Use Agreement has been approved and executed through the Church Administrator, or designated official if not available.
Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis as recorded on the Church calendar. Reservations will be held for seven (7) calendar days, at which time any deposits must be paid. If the deposit is not paid within seven (7) days, the reservation is not considered firm and may be superseded.
All usage fees must be paid not less than thirty (30) days before use of the facilities shall begin. An exception to this timeline is use of the facilities on a recurring basis, for which payment of fees is due on the 1st of each month. Payment of fees or donations for use of our facilities may be paid in cash, check, or on-line. If a check is used, it shall be made out to Central Union Church. Renewal of permission to use stated church facilities depends, in part, on satisfactory compliance with requirements during the previous period of use.
Groups using the facilities on year-round basis must renew their application every January.
- Steps to Facility Use.
- Facility use inquiry is made with the Facility Scheduler to determine facility and date availability.
- Read through the Facility Use Policy, fill out and submit the following forms: 1) “Application for Use of Church Facilities”, 2) “Facilities Use Agreement”, 3) Provide proof of insurance (if organization) or “Activity Participation Agreement Release” (if individual). An executed original Agreement must be submitted to the Facility Scheduler before an event will be scheduled. Note: A three hundred ($300.00) dollar deposit is required at the time the application is submitted in order to hold your reservation.
- The facility use request goes through the approval process which includes coordinating with the Facility Scheduler; clearing insurance and other matters with the Administrator.
- An approved event is scheduled on the Church calendar with the Facility Scheduler. Your Group’s original copy of the Agreement, signed by the church’s authorized representative will be e-mailed to you as your confirmation.
- Any change in date or arrangements must be submitted in writing.
- The Facility Scheduler provides the maintenance staff the facility set-up information
for the event and contact person’s name.
- Rules and Regulations.
- CHURCH PROPERTY – Church property will not be loaned, borrowed, or removed from church premises without prior permission from the Administrator. Property such as chairs, tables, tablecloths, etc. may be used when using the facility under the rules herein.
- WORSHIP SPACE – The Sanctuary and Atherton is our place of worship. We are pleased to make it available to you, but we ask you and the members of your group show particular respect for this space. This is a Holy space that is set aside for secular purpose during your use. It is not simply another auditorium or concert hall. Shouting, running, playing, climbing on the furniture, disturbing books and papers in the pews and similar behavior are not appropriate in this space. No food or drink of any kind is to be brought into, or consumed in, this space.
- FACILITY CARE – The area used by your group must be left clean and orderly with church furniture and property returned to its designated place. Failure to comply may result in forfeiture of the security deposit.
- CLEAN UP – Venue must be left clean and orderly after use. Garbage and trash must be bagged and disposed of in the dumpster location. Church supplies are not to be used except by Church sponsored activities.
- PIANO AND ORGAN USE – Permission to use the piano, organ, hand bells, or other church owned instruments must be granted by the Director of Music. Piano and/or organ should not be moved except by permission from the Director of Music and may require the assistance of professional movers. If professional movers are required, the requesting group must pay for moving and for tuning the piano after repositioning.
- SOUND SYSTEM – The sound system is available for use upon request. The system must be operated by trained congregation members or by individuals pre-approved by the Administrator and may result in an additional fee. No other equipment may be attached to the church sound system without prior approval.
- NO SMOKING ALLOWED – All members of all groups using our facilities shall abide at all times by a “no smoking” rule in all parts of the buildings and campus, including corridors, restrooms, and parking lots.
- ALCOHOL USE – Alcohol consumption is not normally allowed on the property, including all buildings and outdoor areas. Additional rules and approvals are required, see Alcohol Policy.
- FOOD AND DRINK – Food and drink must be limited to designated areas. No food or drink is allowed in the Sanctuary or Atherton Memorial Chapel. Anyone using the church property is responsible for cleaning after each use — both inside and outside. Prior coordination and approval is required if a private catering service is used for the event. The private caterer must furnish all equipment (e.g. dishes, silver, table cloths, etc.) and remove immediately after the event. Storing of catering equipment is not permitted.
- RESERVATION TIME – The reserved room/space may not be used before or after the approved timeslot – even if there are no other reservations before or after your reserved time. Only reserved rooms may be used the day of reservation. Final cleanup for events must be completed by 9 pm. If a group cancels an event for any reason, it must give 72 hour notice to the Administrator or Facilities Scheduler or forfeit fee.
- BUILDING USE – All groups agree that they will ensure that all event participants leave the building after the event.
- SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH – The congregation seeks to provide a safe environment for children and youth. All users of the facility are expected to follow the guidelines of this policy including the following:
- No fewer than two adults should be present at all times during any program or event involving children.
- Adult supervision is required at all times both inside and outside of the church
property including the parking lot.
- Children and/or siblings or group members must stay with the group or under the care of additional adult supervisors.
- DECORATIONS – Decorations may not be attached to the walls or doors with tape or anything that will damage the surface. The following tape is acceptable:
- For walls: 3M Safe Release Painters Masking Tape (blue color)
- For carpet and floors: Pro-Gaff or similar professional grade gaffer tape.
- These tapes are specifically designed to protect paint and other finishes, and do not leave adhesive residue on walls and floors.
- Use of “Scotch” tape, regular masking tape, strapping or other packaging tape, and duct tape is specifically prohibited, because they cause a maintenance problem.
- All decorations must be removed immediately and completely following the event.
- CANDLES – Candles are not permitted unless for ceremonial use. If used, lit candles must be “dripless” and must not be placed on the musical instruments or sound system. Lit candles must be placed on a plate or in a holder.
- EMERGENCY SCHEDULING CONFLICTS – The congregation reserves the right to pre-empt any facility use agreement in cases of emergencies, such as funerals. Notice will be provided as early as possible.
- STORAGE – Storage space is limited for organizations other than church groups. All organizations using the facility will be responsible for storing accessories offsite unless prior arrangements have been made through the Administrator.
- DAMAGE AND SECURITY DEPOSIT – All persons and/or groups using our facilities are expected to exercise reasonable care and judgment to prevent defacement, damage or breakage. The person(s) signing the application for use shall be responsible for paying costs incurred by the church in cleaning, repairing, or otherwise refurbishing any part of the building and/or its furnishings and equipment which, in the judgment of CUC, has been carelessly or irresponsibly subjected to more than normal wear and tear by the person(s) or group(s) involved. The $300.00 deposit, payable to “Central Union Church” at the time your application is submitted, will serve as a damage and security deposit. Following your use, if there is no damage (over and above normal wear and tear), and the space you used was properly restored per the terms of the agreement, the security deposit will be returned to you. Groups that use the facility on a regular basis may make a deposit to CUC. CUC will provide a receipt for the funds on deposit, and the deposit will be returned at the end of your use, assuming no claims have been made. The security deposit is not applied to the total fee due for the facility use.
- SECURITY – The congregation works to maintain a safe and secure environment within the facility; however, no systems are foolproof. We ask that all users pay close attention to personal property and valuables and not leave them unattended. Central Union Church is not responsible for theft or damage to personal property – see INDEMNIFICATION section.
- SAFETY – For the safety and security of congregation and guests, CUC prohibits certain items from being brought into the church building, unless specific permission is granted by the Administrator or Senior Minister.
- Guns & Firearms
- Martial Arts & Self Defense items
- Bows & Arrows
- Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & other dangerous items
- For your safety, all fire regulations must be observed. Specifically, you may not block, or otherwise impede, any hallway, entryway, room door, or emergency exit.
- PARKING – For functions where the expected guest count will be 100 people or more, CUC requires the organizer of the event contract with a Church approved professional parking service to ensure that all vehicles are parked in the appropriate spaces available. Guests may park in designated parking areas only.
The Parish Hall lot is a designated Fire Lane and may be used for active Loading and Unloading only. Any vehicles found parked in this area will be subject to removal at the owner’s expense.
- ATTIRE – CUC promotes a positive, healthy environment. It is expected that all participants dress appropriately. CUC reserves the right to determine the acceptability. Failure to dress properly may result in forfeiture of facility use. Clothing with offensive language, designs, or pictures is not acceptable.
- PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES – Activities not permitted include political party meetings; for profit event; and illegal conduct of any kind.
- PROOF OF INSURANCE
- Group Users: Must furnish proof of insurance covering your Group, with a minimum coverage of $1,000,000 per occurrence at the time application for venue use is submitted.
- Individual Users: User promises and warrants that User will be responsible for the actions of all participants during event and will fill out and submit all Activity Participation Agreements (either provided by or acceptable to CUC) on attendee’s behalf.
- INDEMNIFICATION – The Responsible Party, on behalf of the Group, its officers, members, and invitees recognizes and agrees that Central Union Church and the ministers, officers, employees, members, volunteers, and insurers of any and all of them (collectively referred to as “Releasees”), shall not be liable nor responsible for any damage or loss to person or property arising out of or in any manner related to use of CUC’s facilities or equipment by the Group, or in the presence of the Group, on CUC’s property. The undersigned further agrees on behalf of the Group, its officers, and members, to defend, indemnity, and hold harmless Releasees from any and all demands, claims, causes of action, and suits of any nature for any damage or loss to persons or property, of whatever cause, and even if due to the sole or concurrent negligence or strict liability of any or all of the Releasees, including payment of all costs and attorney fees incurred by Releasees, arising out of or in any manner related to use of CUC’s facilities or equipment by the Group, its officers, members, or invitees; and further agrees promptly to indemnify and reimburse CUC on a replacement cost basis for any loss or damage to CUC’s facilities or equipment in any manner caused by the Group, its officers, members, or invitees, and to indemnify and reimburse Releasees for any and all costs and attorney fees incurred by any of the Releasees related in any manner to enforcement of the terms of the agreement.
- The Administrator and/or staff may be present at the event as an observer.
- EXCEPTIONS – Exceptions to these rules may be made on a case-by-case basis.
This policy governs alcohol located, consumed, or served on Central Union Church (CUC) property, including all campus buildings, grounds, and parking areas. CUC’s facilities are primarily intended to support the mission and ministries of the CUC.
Provide CUC potential exposure and opportunity to Engage and Embrace more people. PROCEDURE:
- The “Host” will comply with all State laws and regulations. It is unlawful:
- To consume alcoholic beverages on any public highway or any public sidewalk.
- To furnish alcoholic beverages to: any person under twenty-one years of age; any person under the influence of alcohol; any person known to be addicted to excessive use of alcohol; or any person for consumption of alcohol in any vehicle on the premises.
- To permit the service of alcoholic beverages by any person eighteen to twenty years of age, except where such serving is a part of that person’s employment and proper supervision is available to ensure that the minor does not consume any alcohol.
- For alcoholic beverages to be served by a person below the age of eighteen.
- To deliver or give any alcoholic beverage to a minor, or to allow a minor to consume or possess any alcoholic beverage while on the premises.
- CUC General Rules for Service of Alcoholic Beverages.
- “Host” shall mean the person responsible for the event at CUC where alcohol will be served.
- “Host” must be in attendance for the duration of the event. “Host” is responsible for
assuring that all attendees observe all applicable laws and regulations governing service and consumption of alcoholic beverages at the event.
- Prior to any service or use of alcohol, “Host” shall share these rules with everyone serving alcoholic beverages.
- Servers must be certified by the Honolulu Liquor Commission and must possess a Certificate of Registration (Liquor Card).
- At least one server must be present to control the service of alcoholic beverages.
- The person(s) responsible for service must not be a member of the event group.
- Servers are prohibited from consuming alcohol.
- Only servers may open or serve alcoholic beverages.
- Non-profit organizations hosting a fund-raising event must obtain a temporary liquor license through the Honolulu Liquor Commission.
- Sale of alcoholic beverages of any kind is strictly prohibited.
- “Host” must receive delivery of alcoholic beverages only on the day of the event.
CUC is not responsible for any receiving, transport, storage or safekeeping of alcoholic beverages.
- Alcoholic beverages are limited to wine, beer and sake, and must not exceed 16% alcohol by volume. “Hard liquor” is prohibited on CUC property.
- Non-alcoholic beverages must be available in any area where alcohol is served.
- Non-alcoholic beverages must include water.
- No preference in the promotion or display of alcoholic beverages may be shown over that of non-alcoholic beverages.
- Attendees of events where alcohol is served must be invited guests. A guest count must be provided in writing to CUC Administrator or designated official, 2 business days in advance, and an update must be provided if the count changes prior to the event.
- Individuals attending functions at CUC are prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages.
- Only event “Host”, or someone supervised by event “Host” may take any opened or unopened containers of alcohol from CUC property.
- Alcohol service must be terminated 30 minutes before the designated end-time of the event.
- Each individual shall be limited to one drink per hour and three drinks for the duration of the event.
- Events exceeding 100 persons must employ “Special-Duty” one or more uniformed Honolulu Police officers to aid in the monitoring of safe and moderate consumption of alcohol.
- “Host” is responsible for the safe transportation of all guests. No person shall be allowed to drive a motor vehicle off CUC property if he/she is visibly intoxicated. “Host” must be vigilant and keep careful watch for signs of intoxication such as slurred speech, impaired judgement and/or motor skills.
- “Host” shall cease alcohol service if attendees violate the terms listed above. HPD officers have the authority to shut down the service of alcoholic beverages. If dangerous or aggressive behavior is present, the event may be cancelled at the discretion of the “Host”, HPD, or CUC administration.
- Exceptions for any general rule must be approved by the Senior Minister and Administrator, e.g. “Simple Toasts” with alcohol.
- Approval Process
- All conditions within “CUC Facility Use Policy” are complied with, including an executed facilities use agreement.
- Request to serve or consume alcohol must be submitted in advance with details of the proposed service of alcohol.
- Approval of alcohol service is valid only when this document is fully executed.
- CUC organizations must have approval by Church Council. I have read and agree to abide by and enforce CUC’s Alcohol Policy.