The Bigelow Chapel is a tranquil and inspirational environment for memorial services, receptions, performances, concerts and other special events. The award-winning chapel is a delicate composition of floating planes of glass, frosted clerestory windows, cast stone walls, translucent curved wood panels that produce a warm glow and skylights that provide suffused light throughout the interior. Movable chairs provide a flexible venue and a Steinway grand piano graces the space. Adjoining the chapel is a large grass courtyard and stone patio; twin towers contain a set of pealing chimes.
Bigelow Chapel is available for hourly rental or four-hour blocks of time, which include setup and take down, use of the grand piano and a wireless sound system. Parking is free and plentiful.
Preferred capacity is 200. The Bigelow Chapel can accommodate up to 242 seats; this amount of seating requires a special room setup that cannot be altered and is viable only for certain types of events.
Space Use Fee
$150 per hour
$500 per 4 hours
No charge if during regular open hours. Beyond those times, standard Space Use Fee applies.
$35 per hour for setup, takedown, open, close, security, custodial.
If the rental coordinator needs to be in attendance for the event (at United’s sole discretion), an additional $35/hr may be charged.
No charge if during regular open hours. Beyond those times, standard Staffing rates applies.
Regular open hours
When classes are in session:*
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 AM-9:00 PM
Wednesday and Friday: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Occasionally classes are in session from 10 AM-2:00 PM on Saturdays. Feel free to inquire about these dates as needed.
When classes are not in session:*
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Wednesday and Friday: 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Food & Beverage
Rental clients who desire catering for an event other than a wedding may contact Tom Lockhart, 651.255.6113, to check on availability for the chef we contract with for catering. Catering includes fresh, creatively presented foods for receptions and meals, as well as limited non-alcoholic beverages. Dishes, silverware, glassware and table clothes are included. The chef’s fees, services and availability are at her discretion; her services are independent of the rental and handled exclusively between her and the client. All food and beverages are prepared onsite.
Outside caterers are not allowed unless an exception is granted, or if our contracted chef is unavailable on the date of your event. The exception is licensed food vendors that deliver, such as pizza outlets, Jimmy John’s and HoneyBaked Ham, which can be used with permission from the seminary.
Permission to serve wine or champagne is required and its service is not provided by the seminary chef. If alcohol is brought in, serving arrangements must be made by the client. Red wine is not allowed in Bigelow Chapel due to staining concerns.
- Dedicated rental coordinator (onsite during event at United’s discretion)
- Large-screen (65″) TV for multimedia presentations, video viewings, etc.
- Steinway grand piano
- Dressing/family rooms
- Wireless sound system, including:
- Basic audio set up (equalizer not available)
- Pulpit or lectern with attached microphone
- Handheld microphone with straight or boom microphone stand or headset microphone
- iPod or MP3 hookup for digital music broadcasting
- Basic A/V equipment such as boom box, white board, etc.
- Tables and chairs
- Music stands
- Guest book podium
- Art gallery featuring original, unique works from local and national artists
- Free off-street parking
- Two padded, handicapped chairs
- Handicapped accessible parking, entrances, and restrooms
- Air conditioning
Renee Flesner, rental coordinator, 651.255.6138.
Rental services and fees are subject to change and availability.