Fishers Of Men Altarscape

Holy cow!  Anyone else in the northeast completely buried under snow right now?  We’re measuring in feet!  I’m not sure it was as bad as they were predicting, but still … my goodness.

Anyway, over the weekend I preached on the passage from Mark where Jesus calls his disciples to drop their nets and become fishers of men.  I had found some fishing net when we were cleaning out Church School cabinets last year and knew ever since then that the next time this text came around in the lectionary, I wanted to put together an altar.


First I added some different height with blocks (which I then covered with fabric so you couldn’t see). I used brown/beige fabric to sort of simulate sand and then a blue sheen fabric for the water.  I actually have about 15 yards of the blue fabric!  I used it to make a waterfall when we decorated for Vacation Bible School two summers ago and needed a ton – clearly I didn’t need that much for this!  I just shoved what I didn’t need behind the altar – thankfully you couldn’t see it. 🙂

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I threw the fishing net over everything and then started adding a few vessels with sea glass to make the whole thing less plain. I put a little bowl under the fabric and leaned the vessel on the left on it (two photos up) and put something (I think it was actually a spool of ribbon I found in the pulpit) under the fabric on the right and put one of the mason jars on it so the two jars wouldn’t be the same height.


A sweet sweet woman in the church gave me these wooden candlesticks for Christmas. She’s on the flower committee and always wishing we had wooden candlesticks for something different every now and then. I love them!


I’ve mentioned before that we have flowers delivered every week that someone on our Flower Committee arranges. I put the altar together before the flowers were arranged and actually dug through the flower closet and found a metal container with a shell on it. I left it next to the flowers with a note asking if that container could be used for the flowers – I love the way it came together!

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When I started to put this altar together, I googled “fishers of men altar” and really couldn’t find anything. I had an idea of what I wanted, but it’s always nice to start with a visual, agreed? Anyway, with the help of mini dance party in the sanctuary, this is what came together and I am pretty happy with it! If you are googling around and looking for some inspiration, I hope you find some here!


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