The physical maintenance problems of your church have, for the most part, been taken care of. The heating and cooling systems have been updated, problems in the roof have repaired and the resulting drainage problems have been corrected as well. Now that the church council has taken care of these necessary situations, the group is now willing to address some cosmetic issues as well.
At the top of the list are three of the items that are most often thought of as whenever someone thinks of a house of worship: the church steeple, the church steeple crosses, and the main sanctuary pews. And while the council is looking at a variety of options from replacing current pews with available used church pews to redesigning the entire steeple and cross combination, the process is far from being decided. With a building committee that consists of one of the pastors, two council members, and three congregants, you are hopeful that the decisions that you need to make will be in place before the end of the year so that all of the projects will be completed by Easter Sunday.
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This a the time of the year when more people are attending church services, and when congregation members, as well as visitors, attend church on Christmas Eve they expect to see the church looking at its best. The maintenance of how a church looks, however, can be a tedious task. Consider some of these facts and figures about the church refurbishing industry and the efforts that are made to make sure that sancutuaries and entire buildings are looking their best:
- Before the Protestant Reformation, churches were not commonly furnished with permanent pews.
- Although some church pews are simple affairs made of wood, others have benchlike cushioned seating and hassocks or footrests.
- The first pews were introduced in the 13th century when removable stone benches were placed against church walls.
- Pews are often equipped with kneelers in front of the seating bench in churches with a tradition of public kneeling.
- It was common practice in Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian churches to rent pews in churches to families or individuals as a principal means of raising income until the early to mid twentieth century.
- Emerging as a source of controversy in the 1840s and 1850s, especially in the Church of England, pew rental fell out of fashion, a time when many Anglo-Catholic parishes were founded at this time as Free Churches, characterized by their lack of pew rentals.
Between the church celebrations of Christmas and Easter, many Americans attend services even when they may not always do so at other times of the year. It is important that the church is always looking its best, especially on the most sacred days of the year. From church steeples to pews these are the days that it might matter the most about how you look.
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