Rentals for Events and Meetings
We have a variety of spaces that work well for meetings and events, big and small:
- our parish hall comfortably holds 100 with tables or more if just using chairs.
- our beautiful historic nave**** comfortably holds 150 – 175
- We also have a public health approved and well equipped kitchen available for use. Our rates are reasonable and flexible.
The congregation of St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle offers numerous assets to benefit the arts in Guelph. We have a venue size that is in short supply (seating for 150 – 175.) We are moving towards more options for space configuration with movable chairs slowly replacing pews. Our acoustics are excellent! Any event can be enhanced with the support of a commercial kitchen. Possibilities for the use of the parish hall, nave, and kitchen are as extensive as one’s imagination, such as community events, pop-up dinners, exhibits, etc. We have a large elevator making loading in and out for events very easy. We are fully accessible.
**** Interested in a little history??? Where does the term nave originate??? It is the nautical term for the area of the church where the congregation sits, facing the chancel where the choir sits and the sanctuary, the area behind the altar rail. It was the central and principal part of a Christian church, extending from the entrance (the narthex) to the transepts (transverse aisle crossing the nave in front of the sanctuary in a cruciform church) or, in the absence of transepts, to the chancel (area around the altar). In a basilican church), which has side aisles, nave refers only to the central aisle. The nave is that part of a church set apart for the laity, as distinguished from the chancel,choir, and presbytery, which are reserved for the choir and clergy. The separation of the two areas may be effected by screens or parapets, called cancelli. The term nave derives from the Latin navis, meaning “ship,” and it has been suggested that it may have been chosen to designate the main body of the building because the ship had been adopted as a symbol of the church.