Using space at
st. Stephen's

We at Saint Stephen's are happy to share our space with organizations compatible with our core beliefs. Dozens of organizations use our auditorium, dining room, and sanctuary during the business day and on evenings and weekends. In one recent three-month period, the building was used over 100 times by outside groups.

However, Saint Stephen's reserves the right to refuse use of its facilities to any group or individual for any reason.

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Meetings

​St. Stephen’s Church is glad to provide community groups with use of its two large meeting rooms, the auditorium and the dining room. Use of the church itself is also possible. The rooms are available day times, evenings, and some Saturday times (nothing is available on Sundays). Our priority is to provide space for events that benefit the community - trainings, performances, meetings. St. Stephen’s requests a sliding scale donation, a minimum of $50 per hour for room use by community groups.

St. Stephen’s also rents rooms for private (family/friends) events such as parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsals, birthdays, and quinceñeras at a rate of $95 per hour, plus cleaning and security.

Holding your wedding at St. Stephen's

 

See this page for information.

Sleeping at St. Stephen’s Church

St. Stephen’s Church is pleased to offer sleeping space on our floors to groups traveling to Washington, D.C., for protests, conferences, service work, or other events. St. Stephen’s has offered space since the 1960s; tens of thousands of people have slept on our floors over the years, protesting various wars, demanding equal rights, witnessing for peace at military arms bazaars and at the Pentagon, protesting international structures that support inequalities, doing service work on alternative spring break trips, or attending conferences or learning about life in the inner city.

Requirements when using our spaces

Space users should understand that the St. Stephen's building is many things to many people - a worship space, offices for community organizations, and offices and facilities used by the congregation. Therefore, many parts of the building are shared spaces. Space users will be expected to sign and abide by rules spelled out in a building-use contract. In letting outside groups and individuals use its shared spaces, the management of St. Stephen's is especially concerned about control of noise during certain hours and that a space is left clean following an event. The contract provides specifics on these and other rules.

The contract also requires a group (individuals in the case of sleepers) to make the following commitments:

  • no violence or advocating violence

  • no intimidation

  • no hate speech and

  • no weapons in or near the church

​Inquire about reserving a space

Please contact us to inquire about reserving a space using one of the three methods below:

  • by phone: 202-232-0900. Our regular business hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am to 4pm. If we are unable to answer, please leave a message with the details of your inquiry to rent such as:

  • Type of event

  • Number of guests

  • Requested room

  • Requested date and time for your event

  • Contact information (phone number/email) for the person in charge of the reservation (plus the name of the organization if you're a community group)

  • Have you visited the church to see the space? Do you know something about the space already and how you would like to use it?

We will review each inquiry to determine if we are able to accommodate your request.

Contract

Space users will be required to fill out and sign a contract. The contract includes rules that must be followed while in the space, including those related to noise and cleaning and others. 

Get the fillable contract (PDF)