The Plaza Centre has a large auditorium with a capacity of around 450 people including the balcony, and a number of smaller rooms that would suit a range of different size and style groups. We hire the building or individual rooms out to local societies, businesses and charities for a range of uses. We also have a team of staff who can supervise the hiring, serve refreshments/tuck and ensure that the hire runs smoothly. If you would like to find out more about Venue Hire please click here to contact us via email. SCF’s administrator oversees and co-ordinates the room hires ministry, you can also call her and book an appointment to come and view our facilities. Please call 01702 461616 during our open hours (Monday-Friday 9am-2pm) and ask to speak to Emma.
Please bear in mind that we are a church and not a community centre. These are the buildings in which we worship and therefore they are especially important to us. For this reason, specific conditions do apply and we would ask you to read through this information before calling, to avoid unnecessary disappointment.
Restrictions – Our preference is for our buildings to be used by groups where there is clearly some benefit to the wider community. Also, all activities, as part of the hire of the premises, must be consistent with the spiritual beliefs, ethos and values of Southend Christian Fellowship. That means that we do set some limitations for use and the following uses are not permitted:
*use by political parties or politically-minded interest groups.
*for the use by other faith groups, for worship, religious ceremonies or social activities that include a religious element.
*groups that may wish to promote spiritualism, clairvoyancy, ‘New Age’ and other mystical experiences.
*for the use by any ‘closed society groups’ such as freemasons.
*groups that may be construed to portray a negative bias to other parts of the whole community, eg those perceived to have a racist agenda or some form of anti-community bias.
*groups promoting community physical activities where such physical activities may have a basis or strong link to other religions such as Yoga (Buddhism), Tai Chi (Taoism) and Reiki (Shintoism and Buddhism) or where there is a high degree of aggression exhibited such as boxing.
*not to engage in any activity which might be viewed as gambling. This involves games of chance such as Bingo unless no payment is made by an individual. Not to permit the sale of raffle tickets on the premises, or hold any raffles on the premises unless no payment is made for raffle tickets.
We therefore make it a requirement that individuals or organisations making an application for the use of the church premises will be asked to declare the purposes for which the premises will be used.
In summary, we welcome the use of the buildings for community purposes so long as the activities do not conflict with the values and beliefs of the church. The buildings are well kept and offer good facilities but naturally, there are some restrictions due to church use and due to the size of the rooms available.