In addition to housing the church, the historic First Church Meetinghouse in the center of Williamstown is home to a number of other-non profit partners and community groups, carrying on a tradition of community participation that dates from the founding of the church in 1765. We seek to support organizations that enhance the life of the community by providing convenient space at a reasonable cost. Doing so is an important part of the outreach mission of the church. In some cases we are even able to help underwrite rental costs for new or unfunded groups that have the promise of contributing to the community.
Our Speaker Series, 2nd Hour@theMeetinghouse, often drawing on the expertise of Williams College faculty and staff or other local experts, is open to the entire community. No affiliation with the church is required or expected.
Organizations Housed in the Meetinghouse
Organizations using the Meetinghouse
- A Better Community (ABC) clothing and linen sale
- Berkshire Food Project‘s Biennial Empty Bowl Dinner
- Caretaker Farm (annual dinner)
- Habitat for Humanity (Christmas Tree sale)
- Meals-on-Wheels (church supported)
- Music Together (fun music for the little ones and their caregivers)
- Starlight Stage (summer theater for kids)
- The Minerva Arts Center (summer theater and workshops for kids)
- Williamstown COOL* Committee (*CO2 lowering, for occasional events.)
Other groups use space on an occasional basis. If your organization is potentially interested, contact the church office.