Tips for Selecting Church Supplies
Bibles, hymnals, pews, and altars are only the beginning when it comes to items for a religious establishment. The following are some tips for selecting church supplies.
Tip #1: Keep Your Parishioners' Needs in Mind
The needs of the congregation should come first. Ensure parishioners can see and hear well enough, which means larger print Bibles and hymnals and maybe even a sound system. Be sure to stock nonalcoholic wine for communion, and be sure your communion bread or wafers are free of common allergens. Don’t forget to pick up some toys and books to keep small children occupied during the service.
Tip #2: Let Your Supplies Reflect the Design and Spirit of Your Church
If the interior of the church is gilded and gemmed, feel free to match your chalice, collection trays, and other accessories to the décor. Similarly, stock a modestly decorated church with conservative goods. Don’t go overboard when spending money on church supplies, especially if your church is small and not particularly wealthy. Unfortunately, accidents and thefts do happen, and if an item is broken or goes missing it will need to be replaced.
Tip #3: Don’t Forget Festive Supplies
It is very easy to reflect the upcoming religious holidays at the alter or in the pews. Different colored cloths or candles for the altar are easy to come by and can be used for every occasion. Tasteful wreaths on the ends of pews and a nativity scene on the piano are wonderful ways to celebrate Christmas. Special music can also be played or sung. When selecting holiday items, keep your other goals in mind, though. You don’t want to offend any parishioners with decorations, and you don’t want to clash with the rest of the building by choosing decorations that are too flashy.