Member General Usage Guidelines  


The following applies to all parts of the building and grounds unless specified:
  1. Safe Sanctuary policies apply to all activities at CUMC.
  2. Church activities take precedence over non-church related activities. Church groups must have their date of use on the calendar in the church office.  CUMC facilities are available for non-profit only. The Pastor and Gatekeepers must approve all events. 
  3. All exits and hallways must be kept clear at all times.  Exit doors may not be blocked or secured in any way.  Aisles and hallways must be free of equipment, chairs, people, etc. A First Aide kit is located in the Communion Closet. Fire extinguishers are located throughout the facility as indicated by posted signs.
  4. Chairs, tables, etc., must be returned to proper place. 
  5. No alcoholic beverages, illegal substances or firearms are permitted.  Smoking in any building is prohibited.  No food or drinks in the sanctuary.
  6. All trash must be properly bagged and placed in the dumpster behind CLC.
  7. Groups/individuals using the facilities are responsible for property damage.  Cost of repairs will be deducted from the deposit or billed to the group and the contact person will be held accountable.
  8. Please conserve utilities by turning off lights in spaces not used or following use of the area. Please do not prop doors open for more than a few minutes if necessary.
  9. No animals are allowed anywhere inside building with the exception of service animals and animals used in the ministry.
  10. No RED food or drinks are allowed.
  11. No political campaign activity permitted.
  12. Only pillar or votive style candles in proper freestanding containers are allowed.
  13. Nothing may be nailed, taped, wired or clamped to furnishings, ceilings, walls or floor.  Velcro is recommended for use in the Multipurpose room only.
  14. You are responsible for your valuables.  CUMC is not responsible for any items left unattended.
  15. Use of sports equipment is not allowed in the CLC between 8 a.m. and noon on Sunday or when the room is set up for an event.  Sports Equipment may only be used in the Multi Purpose room with proper adult supervision (age 21 or over).  It is recommended that no more than two basketballs be in the room at any time.  The same rules apply to the areas behind the CLC.  Playground equipment is restricted to children age six and under. No recreation activities are allowed on front lawn.
  16. Insurance Coverage:  Groups using CUMC facilities will be required to produce a certificate of liability insurance that confirms the group has insurance coverage of at least $1 million per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage liability, names CUMC as an additional insured and specifies that insurance claims related to the use of CUMC premises are covered by this policy as primary. The leasing party agrees to waive any rights of subrogation.  
  17. CUMC property to include tables, chairs, linens (except when removed for laundering), kitchen supplies, paper goods, and sound equipment are not to be removed from the building.
  18. It is the user’s responsibility to be sure ALL outside doors of both buildings are locked prior to leaving the facility.
  19. All children must be supervised by two unrelated adults at all times while on CUMC property (this includes before and after scheduled events).
  20. If the sound system is utilized, the sound technician must be present during use of the equipment.
  21. A check list will be provided to assist you with efficient cleanup of the building.
NOTE:  Please remember that this is God’s house; be reverent in behavior and language.
MEMBER EVENTS SUCH AS BRIDAL AND BABY  TEAS, SHOWERS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES , ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS (i.e. light kitchen use with no cooking) must pay $75.00 for use of the CLC.

Carthage United Methodist Church

608 Main Street North

Carthage, TN 37030





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