Building Use

First Congregational Church offers a variety of spaces to hold many different types of events and gatherings, including weddings, funerals and memorial services, special events, concerts, parties, and meetings. Our classic New England architecture, newly renovated sanctuary, restored pipe organ, and warm hospitality make First Congregational Church the perfect place for your next gathering.

We are conveniently located in the heart of Essex Junction with plenty of parking. We have accessible bathrooms on the first and second floor. Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire building.

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Funerals & Memorials

Concerts & Recitals

Meetings & Other Uses

Descriptions of each space follow below. Our Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Gym and several classrooms are fully accessible and served by accessible restrooms.

Please contact the Church Office for a rental application and information regarding church building use policies.



  • Classic New England architecture; newly restored
  • Seats up to 225 in pews
  • Center aisle & balcony
  • Moveable Pulpit and Lectern (coming soon!)
  • Sound system

Fellowship Hall

  • 31 ft. x 41 ft.
  • Seats up to 110 (without tables) or up to 75 (with tables)
  • Up to 10-12 rectangular tables or 6-8 round tables (rent from an outside vendor)
  • Sound system & drop-down projection screen
  • Adjacent kitchen


  • Commercial appliances: gas range, stacked convection-only Blodgett ovens, dishwasher
  • Two double sinks
  • Fully equipped, including plates and flatware

Marvin Lounge

  • Perfect for smaller meetings and social gatherings
  • Comfortable seating for up to 25 guests
  • A/V equipment
  • Adjacent kitchenette for light refreshments
  • Must use small set of stairs to access restrooms


  • 961 sq. ft.
  • Folding tables/chairs available
  • Wood floors
  • Basketball hoop (half court)


  • Rooms available on 2nd & 3rd floor
  • 12-20 seats
  • Only 2nd floor rooms are fully accessible