Proposed features/Church hall

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Church hall
Status: Draft (under way)
Proposed by: blahedo
Tagging: amenity=church_hall
Applies to: Node, Area
Definition: A building operated by a worship community primarily for activity among members of the congregation
Rendered as: Small religion symbol (cross, star, etc) inside a house
Drafted on: 2012-12-04


To mark buildings that are not general public community centres but function in a roughly similar way for members of an individual church congregation.


Many worship congregations have a non-worship space for committees, vestry meetings, social events, fundraising events, religious education, office space, and/or as a backup or overflow worship space; but such spaces are not primarily worship spaces, hence amenity=place_of_worship is not appropriate. In some cases the social hall is in a basement of the worship space or otherwise part of the same building, in which case it is considered part of the larger worship space, but the particular use-case for this tag is when there is a separate building, e.g. next door or across the street from the main church building. Other tags are not really suitable.

In Germany, these are quite frequent, at least for Christian communities, and are usually called Gemeindezentrum or Gemeindehaus (see Gemeindezentrum (Religion) on


The primary tag would be amenity=church_hall, with a recommended operator=* tag with the name of the church to which the hall belongs. building=yes would be implied.

There are a few dozen of these in the wild, along with a slightly less common amenity=parish_hall:




JMEC Parish House, Farmville, VA is immediately across the street from its attached parish

Wesley Foundation, Farmville, VA is next door to its attached parish

McAteer Center, Galesburg, IL is part of a sort of parish campus


Friedrich-Graeber-Gemeindehaus, Essen is about 1.5 km from the parish church. It is used for church services and other community activities; an adjacent building houses a Christian kindergarten.


Alternative: Community centres are public locations where members of a community tend to gather - this can be a religious community as well. Therefore, amenity=community_centre is perfectly suitable, which can be further specified with community_centre=parish_hall or similar. As the tag is religion-neutral, it can be further specified with religion=*.

This approach avoids key fragmentation, and is already rendered in mapnik/carto. --Polarbear w (talk) 16:51, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

See Also

Discussion on the question board How do I tag a German "Gemeindehaus" (parish hall)?