The church and adjoining facilities are ideally suited for a wide variety of events including weddings, banquets, dances and business meetings. Many organizations in the area have used St. Andrew's for their events. Please see the special navigation menu at left to explore your options for holding successful, beautiful events in our spaces!
As you enter the church through the red doors on College Avenue, a small vestibule or anteroom is located on the left. It contains the wooden altar originally installed in 1930. In this room are two stained glass windows, one detailing the history of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Maryland, and the other giving the history of St. Andrew's. The windows in the chapel depicted in the latter window are made out of glass from the original chapel windows.
As you move up the side aisle you will pass a series of stained glass windows on the lower level that represent major events in the life of Christ. The windows in the upper (clerestory) level all depict parables. A series of elegant stone arches frame the side aisles and the ceiling is supported by beautiful wooden timbers brought from North Carolina in 1929.
Directly ahead is the anteroom used by the choir for robing. Upstairs are various organ components, downstairs is the undercroft. Located to the right is the sacristy.
The pews are in excellent condition and all of the kneelers in the sanctuary were made by women of the church as memorials. The Bishop's chair is in the northwest corner. Located at the very front of the sanctuary is a marble altar which was installed in 1964. The stained glass windows depict "The Great Commission" and Mary and Holy Ann.
As you walk down the side aisle from the sacristy, you will pass more stained glass windows. They depict Old Testament Bible stories. Psalms are depicted in the clerestory windows above. The two stained glass windows in the vestibule directly ahead depict the history of the city of College Park and the University of Maryland.
A door on the left leads to the breezway that connects the sanctuary to the parish hall and also has doors that open up to the front lawn and the garden in the back.
Our Parish Hall is available for seated receptions or dinners for up to 190 people, or circulating receptions for up to 300 people.
Use of our tables and chairs is included in your rental fee.
For a rehearsal dinner, a more intimate reception, a staging area/room, or a business meeting, our Rectors' Lounge can hold up to 40 people.
Our spacious and functional kitchen will satisfy your needs whether you're cooking a full meal or just heating hors d'oeuvres. The newly renovated kitchen features state of the art convection ovens, a commercial sized refrigerator and freezer, an ice machine, a commercial dishwasher and a coffee station as well as generous preparation space.
Celebrate Your Special Day at St. Andrew's
With a long center aisle, beautiful stonework and stained glass windows, and lovely grounds, St. Andrew's is the perfect location for your wedding ceremony. The sanctuary can accommodate up to 400 guests. Please take some time to visit us online. Read about our history, take a look at our other rooms that can be used for a reception, rehearsal dinner, or other purposes. We're sure you'll like what you see.
If you or your intended are an Episcopalian and would like to have an Episcopal Church wedding at St. Andrew's, please contact The Rev. Glenna Huber at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Plan a Visit
If you have questions, or are ready to take a tour, please contact our rental coordinator, Margie Collins, at email@example.com or submit an inquiry using a form on this site. Tours are by appointment, and we are flexible to meet your needs.
St. Andrew's Sanctuary is beautiful and requires very little decoration, but you are welcome to hang flowers from the pews using ribbon or wrapped wire, or special pew hangers available in floral supply and craft stores. You can also hang flowers from the candle sconces on our side columns. St. Andrew's provides candles for the sconces if you want them. Just tell your host at the rehearsal, and we'll take care of placing and lighting the candles.
Due to safety concerns, no aisle runners, rice, bird seed or flower petals may be used inside the building. Your flower girls may spread artificial petals indoors, and your guests can shower you with live petals or bubbles outside the building.
If you have specific questions about decorations for other events, please contact our rental coordinator, Margie Collins, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area businesses rent the Rector's Lounge and the Parish Hall for employee meetings, retreats and celebrations.
Sports Team Events
Youth sports teams rent the Parish Hall for team awards banquets to celebrate their most recent seasons of competition.
Community Organization Meetings and Banquets
Historical societies, fraternities/sororities, and other community organizations rent the Rector's Lounge and Parish Hall for their meetings, banquets, and seminars.
Dances and Performances
The Parish Hall includes a stage and is a wonderful venue for formal dances. Theatrical groups use the stage to present performances, and there is a main curtain available. Theatrical productions also have occurred in the Rector's Lounge, ideal when a more intimate setting is desired.
Music for Your Event
Whatever music you choose will sound beautiful inside the Sanctuary. We have a full pipe organ in the front of the church, and a grand piano in the back. If you choose to use other musicians or to play prerecorded music, you will need to provide your own amplification. Convenient electrical outlets are available.
If you wish to hire an organist please consider one of the pre-approved organists listed below. Any other organist must be approved by our Music Director. Please contact the rental coordinator for more information.
St. Andrew's does not place any restrictions on your choice of music. Please discuss your music with your officiant.
Please use this form to send St. Andrew's an inquiry about renting the sanctuary or another space for an event.