Preparing for the Easter Season

Posted by Anna Johnson on Feb 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM

“Easter is the high point of the Church Year,” writes Lee Maxwell in The Altar Guild Manual. “No preparation is too elaborate, and no observance is too jubilant” (p. 83).

During the fifty days of the Easter season, the Church rejoices in the resurrected Lord and the new life He brings. This season includes three great feasts that we celebrate: the Feast of the Resurrection, the Feast of the Ascension, and the Feast of Pentecost. Here is an overview of these three feasts and some suggestions for preparing your sanctuary for them.

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Preparing for the Lenten Season

Posted by Anna Johnson on Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

From Ash Wednesday to midweek Lenten services to Holy Week, the church office and altar guild have many preparations and duties in the coming weeks and months. Here are some things to keep on your radar so you can make sure they run smoothly throughout the Lenten season.

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Church-Supply Worksheet for the New Year

Posted by Anna Johnson on Jan 11, 2018 2:00:00 PM

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.

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3 Ways to Prepare for Christmas Visitors

Posted by Anna Johnson on Dec 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Tags: Christmas Season, Altar Guild, Ushers, Greeters

Preparing for the Epiphany Season

Posted by Anna Johnson on Nov 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Preparing the Church Sanctuary for Christmas

Posted by Anna Johnson on Nov 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Preparing the Church Sanctuary for Advent

Posted by Anna Johnson on Nov 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.

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