The beginning of a new year is a great time for church offices and altar guilds to look at all their church supplies for the coming year. While you might check on certain items before specific holidays or events, now is an ideal time to look over the supplies you use week in and week out. Read through this post for ideas and then use our downloadable worksheet to make sure you have everything you need for 2018.
As your church prepares for a likely influx of visitors during the Christmas season, now is a great time to refresh everyone on ways to welcome new faces. Here are a few ideas to help your church create a welcoming environment during this busy season.
Just as some churches use banners and worship-screen images to help convey the theme of each week, bulletin artwork can be used for the same purpose. Here are some images you can use as you begin to organize your bulletins for the Epiphany season. These images are taken from the worship-planning resource Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish.
As churches celebrate Jesus’ birth in the flesh and transition into the following parts of the Church Year, there are several things to consider when maintaining the sanctuary. At what point does the nativity scene get put away? What other decorations are appropriate? When do the paraments change color? Here are some tips to help your altar guild during the season of Epiphany.
Dozens of candles, elegant tree decorations, cheery poinsettias—beautiful sanctuary decorations for Christmas highlight the thrill and wonder of Jesus being born in the flesh! Here are some tips from The Altar Guild Manual for decorating your church sanctuary in ways that focus the glory on God and what He has done for us in Christ.
The season of Advent provides a great opportunity to stop and pause, to wait with joyful anticipation for Christmas. While the rest of the world may be singing Christmas carols and decorating trees, the church patiently waits for the coming of Christ. During this time, the altar guild and church office have a special opportunity to help reinforce the message of Advent through the paraments, bulletins, and other adornments that are used in the church sanctuary.