General Building and Ground Use

GENERAL USE AND FUNCTIONS OF

THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF IBERIA, MISSOURI

(Hereinafter referred to the "First Christian Church" or "Church")

* DEFINITION - Church related activities are those that are a normal part of the function of the church as described in the Articles of Incorporation and would involve any individual, class, group or organization directly connected to the purpose and function of the church.

1) Any person, group, or organization desiring to use the Church building for any purpose that is not directly affiliated with the Church must have prior approval from the Church organization before using the facilities.

2) Anyone using the Church building for any reason other than Church related activities* are responsible for the cleaning up and resetting up of any areas which they use and any cost related to such clean up.

3) No equipment or Church furniture (tables, chairs, projectors, kitchen utensils, etc.) are to be used or taken from the buildings without prior approval from the Church organization.

4) The Church is not responsible for accidents, a persons items stolen or lost whenever the building is being used for any reason other than a Church related activity*.

5) Any damage to the building or its contents that is sustained by any individual, group, or organization using the building beyond normal usage and function of the church is the sole responsibility of that individual, group, or organization and will be responsible to justly compensate the Church for such damage.

6) Absolutely no smoking or any use of tobacco products is permitted in the Church building and the individual, group, or organization using the building is responsible to keep anyone from smoking or using tobacco in any Church facility.

7) Absolutely no alcoholic beverages are allowed in any Church buildings or upon Church property and the individual, group, or organization using any Church facilities is responsible to keep anyone from having or using alcoholic beverages upon Church property.

8) The Church reserves the right to cancel any use of any of the Church facilities, even if prior permission has been given.

9) No food or drink is allowed in any areas of the Church not specifically designed for food functions.

10) Use only the designated areas approved for use prior to the function or activity.

11) It is the responsibility of those using the Church building to move any furniture, flowers, or other items needed to be moved for the function and returning them back again to their original locations in completion of the usage.

12) Those using the Church building are responsible to clean all areas used, vacuum floor area that is used by the function, completely remove all trash that might have been created by a function, and set all furniture, microphones, and other items used for normal church operation back in the locations where they were originally.

13) Any lost and found items will be kept for 30 days only. The method of disposal after that time will be at the discretion of the Church.

WEDDINGS

Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

We believe the Holy Bible is the one and only true authority on proper conduct and belief of mankind upon this earth.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.)

We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.  (Gen 2:18-25.)

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.)

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the First Christian Church of Iberia, Missouri as the Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the congregation and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the First Christian Church of Iberia, Missouri in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38, 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11.)

In addition to all the policies listed in "General Function" section, these additional policies apply to weddings performed in the facilities of the First Christian Church of Iberia, Missouri.

1) All weddings held at the First Christian Church must have prior approval of the Church board.

2) The First Christian Church reserves the right to refuse any wedding asked to be performed in the Church building or on Church property.

3) All weddings performed at the First Christian Church must be officiated by a minister of the Church unless otherwise approved by the Church leadership and ministerial staff.

4) Only authorized personnel of the First Christian Church are to be used for the operation of the sound and video equipment for all functions including weddings.

5) There must be no rice or seeds thrown inside the building and the parties using the building for a wedding are responsible to sweep and clean up any rice, seeds, or other items thrown outside of the building on the walkways and driveways.

It should be noted that all weddings should adhere to all the above policies, even though they may be considered a normal part of Church operation and involve Church personnel.

ADDITIONAL POLICIES CONCERNING THE FAMILY LIFE CENTER.

The FAMILY LIFE CENTER (FLC) belongs to the PEOPLE of the church and is available for usage by individuals who ATTEND the First Christian Church on a regular basis. The FLC is NOT available for use by non-attending individuals or non-affiliated groups unless approved by the Church board.

This facility is for CHURCH PROGRAMS first and they will always take precedent. If any CHURCH program or event is scheduled, then those who have reserved the FLC need to wait until any CHURCH program or event is completed before coming in to set up or use the facility. On most weekdays, the FLC is NOT AVAILABLE for individual use until after 5:00 PM..

A key to the building may be obtained before the reservation date. It is the responsibility of the scheduling party to obtain a key during Church office hours and must be returned in a timely manner after the event.

All reservations exclude play toys, audio-visual and recreational equipment in the storage rooms unless special permission is granted for those extra items.

The Church will only furnish supplies (plastic ware, cups, napkins, plates, etc.) for church related activities. All other activities are to furnish their own supplies.

If you are using the Family Life Center, you are expected to set up and clean up for yourself.

Upon completion of the event the person who made the reservation should check to see if each of the following has been done:

- Wash all tables, including the tops and edges, before returning them to their proper place. If tables and chairs were taken from the closet, they should be returned there.

- Check chairs as they are being put away to make sure they are clean.

- If high chairs or booster seats have been used, inspect them carefully to make sure there is no food on them.

- All floors should be swept and mopped in areas where it is necessary. 

- Clean the kitchen area. All items belonging to the church should be returned to their correct storage place.

- Check the bathrooms to make sure they are clean and in order.

- Empty all trash and take it to the dumpster.

- Set thermostats to their original setting.

- Turn off all lights.

- Make sure all exterior doors are closed and locked.

In the event of damaged or broken furniture or equipment in both the interior or exterior of the Family Life Center, replacement in kind will be -required by the group or individual using the facility and damage must be immediately reported to the Church office.

Approved by the Church Board, First Christian Church, Iberia, Missouri

August 9, 2015

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