Altar Design

Altar Design is something I am only starting to learn more about.  My professors and friends in seminary had such a knack for creating a beautiful and meaningful space for worship – I aspire to do that in my own worship spaces!

I do not often create elaborate designs for Sunday morning worship.  Our worship is fairly traditional and the last thing I want to do is introduce too much at once and distract people.  But I do like to bring in different elements, especially for special services, to utilize more of our senses and create more meaning.  I recently started taking photos of the setups so I can look back.

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Take a look around – I hope you get some ideas!

Click here if you would like to see all of the designs …

Confirmation
Introduction | Celebrating Covenant
Be Bold, Be Beautiful, Be You {Affirmation of Uniqueness of Individuality}
The Christian Journey
Lifting People Up
Then and Now {Celebrating Our History}

Stewardship
Delight In Giving | Celebration of Past, Present & Future
Visioning
Surprising Gifts | Why I Give

Communion
World Communion Sunday 2012
World Communion Sunday 2014

Baptism
Remembering Jesus’ Baptism 2013
Baptismal Font Blessing 2013
Remembering Jesus’ Baptism 2015

Reign Of Christ Sunday
Reign Of Christ Sunday 2012

Thanksgiving
Cornucopia Altar
Cornucopia 2014

Advent
Advent – Poinsettia Sunday 2011

Christmas
Christmas Eve Candlelit Service of Lessons & Carols 2012

Epiphany
Epiphany (Sunday) January 6, 2013
Epiphany 2015

Lent
Ash Wednesday 2013 | Your Faith Walks On Broken Glass
Jesus In The Wilderness -> Lent 1 | Year C
4 Lenten Altarscapes – 2014
Maundy Thursday & Service of Tenebrae (transition mid-service)
Foot Washing + Passover -> Service of Tenebrae (Maundy Thursday 2015)
50 Shades of Purple {Palm Sunday 2015}

Pentecost
The Breath of the Holy Spirit | Pentecost 2013
Pentecost Installation 2016

Miracle Stories
Turning Water Into Wine

Celebrating Ministries of the Church
Prayer Shawl Blessing
Blessing Prayer Shawls – To Be Sent to Sandy Hook, CT

General
Finding Closure | Healing Waters
Go Light Your World | Advocating Against Homelessness
The Formation Of Something Wonderful | Like a potter forms his clay, God forms us
God’s Work In Our Lives | Experiencing The Resurrection Every Day
Strengthened By The Sacraments Of Grace
Rett Syndrome Awareness
Homeless Awareness Weekend | Opening Worship
Called To Be Fishers Of Men

Meeting Devotionals
Board of Deacons | Growing Together Spiritually

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    1. Hi Susan! I was just thinking about that myself, although we have memorial flowers this week, so I’d like to let those really shine. I found this photo on pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/124623114663761838/ – I love the imagery of the candles reflecting in the mirror and that would be really easy to replicate! Keep it simple with white candles and white fabric, but to give it some visual interest use different candle heights. Good luck!

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