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Community Groups

We consider our tenants and renters to be Partners in Urban Ministry. We proudly offer extra value to each of our partners, and to the hundreds of people served by them, by providing very affordable and centrally-located space.

In addition to long-term tenancy, we offer space for rent of one-time and regularly scheduled events and meetings.

If you are interested in renting space, please check out our Rentals Overview page, and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Listed below is a comprehensive summary of the cultural, wellness, spiritual, civil and educational groups that have participated in the rental program at First Church in the last year:

Spiritual: Church of Ageless Wisdom; Art of Living meditation group; non- denominational Christian group; Adiang meditation; Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ; psychic fair; Khalsa Yoga Center concerts; Iftar Dinner; Interfaith worship; Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy; Mount Calvary Church.

Wellness: Narcotics Anonymous; aerobics; yoga; movement education; wrestling; children’s dance classes; Islamic Relief Fund Day of Dignity providing homeless services and medical treatment.

Cultural: R5 concerts; children’s music classes; Black Women’s Art Festival; Philadelphia Theatre Workshop; Inspira Theater; Philadelphia Classical Symphony; Oscuro Quintet; Sena Dance; Jalsah music/dance performance; Raina Rose concerts; Dolce Suono Chamber Music; Philadelphia Young Artists; Nice People Theatre; Magic Rabbit productions film shooting; Philadelphia Classical Symphony; Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society; Philadelphia Dance Society; Oscuro Quintet; Luscinia Choir from Czech Republic; Holly Near concert; Philadelphia Fringe Festival concerts and dance performances; Hoffmaster Children’s puppet show; Philly Pride movie screenings; Traverse Arts Project; Christian Association performance.

Educational: Full time partnership with Little Miracles and Beacon Center, two area daycare centers.

Civic: Common Cause public forum; Obama Campaign Training; political action voter- registration training; Uhuru Black Power movement; Americans for Democratic Action; Black Radical Congress; Neighborhood networks; Cross City Library Branch; Partners for Sacred Places; anti-tax lobby; City Year Philadelphia.

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Located in Center City Philadelphia within the Rittenhouse-Fitler Square Historic District, our neighborhood embodies the distinctive architectural diversity of several centuries, and is home to many of the city’s finest hotels, shops, and restaurants and accessible via public transportation and located with a few block radius of a dozen parking lots.

We offer parking permits at the Greenfield Elementary School –  Sansom St. between 22nd & 23rd St.

These permits are for evenings during the week (Monday – Friday, after 5:30 PM), and all day Saturday and Sunday. If using, please keep the following in mind.

  • All cars must display an Greenfield Elementary School Parking placard from First Unitarian Church.
  • Parking lot is set up in rows of cars. If you park in the back, you may be parked in.
  • Parking lot is available to the neighborhood on the weekend – please be considerate and leave a line open so that others can leave.
  • Greenfield Elementary School and School District of Philadelphia are not liable for any damage or theft to your vehicle