"Creative Displays For Worship"
Incorporating your banner designs into a church’s worship service
Have you ever sat in a church and admired the displays and décor? Some have beautiful stained glass windows that take up most of the front. Some have wooden panels that cover the baptistery. Others have plants set out along a shelf creating a simple backdrop. Why is this important? Why does it matter what is displayed in the sanctuary of a church? Your creative banner designs will not only provide color and variety on the walls, they will be part of worship service, turning the hearts and minds of the congregation to the Creator and His works. With that in mind, there are some other points you need to consider before making your first stitch.
Include others as you begin designing the banner. The pastor is an excellent resource for passages of Scripture that will go with the image you select. If your church has a committee for the sanctuary decor, they will be invaluable resources on what holidays or seasons need special focus. What about a grateful heart at Thanksgiving, the Nativity story at Christmas, or the message of redemption at Easter. Each banner’s design will reflect these and more.
Decide where each banner will be displayed. The front seems the most obvious choice, but what about the back or along a hallway? There may be several banners spread out over a large area or a couple in a more intimate grouping. They should complement and not distract from the service.
Find out how often they need changed. It will take a significant investment of your time to build up the supply of banners your church will need. In order to keep the displays current, this is a good time to go back to the décor team and find out which seasons and holidays they decorate for and what additional times it would be good to change the banners. Be ready for a mission emphasis and create a few that can be used in a variety of settings.
Make sure each banner works well with the others. For example, if it is for Easter, you may want to re-read the story of the crucifixions and resurrection and bring out the hopeful aspects of the cross and the empty tomb. What images will reflect the emotions you want the congregation to feel? Keep in mind that these banners will evoke an emotional response. They will provide perspective the worshiper might not have had before. If you make a set for the names of God, there might be one that resonates with a person and reminds them that God is fully able, even in their situation.
Choose colors that enhance the theme of each banner. Use subtle, light colors for the backgrounds. You want it to emphasize the main image, not take away from it. Let the main pieces of fabric stand out and showcase the message of the banner.
While some aspects of banner design are technical, such as making sure the borders are not too wide so that the banner is not overwhelmed, others are more subjective. As you desire to focus the body of Christ on His majesty and draw them into worship, I invite you not to view it as “just another sewing project”. Give each special attention and when they are completed, know that God receives all the glory. Enjoy creating banners that will be part of the church for many years to come.