First Baptist Church in Ithaca has a variety of options for hosting your next event and welcomes the opportunity to share our sacred space with groups and individuals whose purpose is consistent with First Baptist’s core values and mission in the community.

As a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation, First Baptist is available solely to groups that do not discriminate against members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Before submitting a building use request, please consider the following:

  • Fire Department regulations allow a maximum occupancy in the Sanctuary of 182 and 95 in the Community Room. The Library seats 35.
  • Individuals and groups using the church are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and leaving the building in the condition in which it was found.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be served.

Fee Structure


The prices listed are for up to 4 hours of continuous use; any additional hours will be prorated. Please do not wear shoes in the Chapel.

  • Sanctuary: $100 + $50.00 If sound system is used.
  • Chapel: $35
  • Community Room: $60 + $15 if food will be served
  • Library/Classroom: $35
  • Kitchen: $50


$300 for up to 12 hours of non-continuous building use, to include the use of the Sanctuary for a rehearsal prior to the wedding, and use of Sanctuary, Community Room, Library and Kitchen on the day of the wedding. This fee covers the use of building only and does not include remuneration for musicians or ministers. A charge of $50 for 2 hours of custodial service is included in the fee.  Any additional hours of custodial service required will be billed at $25/hour. Fifty percent (50%) of the fee is due upon reserving the church, with the balance due two weeks prior to the wedding date.

Optional Services

  • Sound Equipment Operator: $25/Hour
  • Sound Equipment Use: $50


A refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve the space and receive a key. Deposit will be refunded upon return of the key and finding no damages upon inspection of the building following the event.

Requesting Building Use

Fill out this form and email to [email protected].