Step by Step Guide to Church Supplies

Step by Step Guide to Church Supplies - Hayes & Finch

Sourcing the best church supplies is one of the most commonly overlooked, yet crucial challenges facing any church organiser or clergy. 

However, when searching for high quality church supplies, you must ensure that all church items are of the desired standard, while simultaneously representing value for money. Moreover, you must ensure you have a suitable supply of all churchware, church accessories, and other products that can be used for daily services and special occasions.

Hayes & Finch boasts a church supplies online catalogue that can help you find everything from altar breads to vestments and beyond. Before buying your church supplies, however, you must first create a list of items needed to maintain a positive atmosphere for all church guests. The following guide will help you cover all angles.


Church Candles and Paschal Candles

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As far as daily church supplies, church candles are among the most significant. Votive candles, sanctuary and memorial candles are some of the most important symbols of all, signifying a person’s intention to pray. Candles are also used at the altar, during sermons, and for decorative purposes. 

Church candles can be made in various heights and diameter sizes to match their distinct purpose. However, long burning times are usually desired from church candles, which is why beeswax altar candles are a very popular solution. Small candles are also used during baptisms, communions, and other special events.

Other church candles are used for specific times of the year. Paschal candles are used to celebrate Easter and are lit throughout this period. Meanwhile, advent candles (which are also used by home users) can be used in December to complete the countdown to Christmas Day.


Candle votive stands

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If your church uses candles, it will almost certainly need candle votive stands. They are crucial church items that hold the lit candles of prayer, while some designs are specifically designed for holding candles during those special events of the year.

The war on plastic continues to grow in our world. Here we have a solution and one you can add to the recyling plan for your church. You buy single use plastic votive candles that burn for 2 hours, 6 hours, and 12 hours in a church, the used plastic from these will remain on Earth for a 1000 years. 

The plastics from these cannot be recycled and 1000’s of Tonnes of these eventually end up being dumped into landfill. Let your Church be a part of the Solution to Plastic Pollution.

All votive candle stands feature several tiers and rows of candles, all presented in front of the saint. Votive stands can also feature money boxes or be designed specifically for corners. 

For guests who wish to pray for their loved ones, the candle votive stands are an integral part of the church setup. As a clergy, ensuring that suitable stands are present at all times should be a priority. 

Candle votive stands are available in the UK through Hayes & Finch. The stands help your church generate donations. We supply the votive candles to help you raise donations from your congregation.


Church Supplies & Resources

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Churches are a central part of their communities and can welcome hundreds, or in some cases thousands, of members and visitors every week. Therefore, ensuring that you have the church supplies and resources to provide a comfortable and pleasant experience is essential for promoting the welcoming atmosphere that every church desires.

Now, more than ever since the pandemic, purchasing antibacterial hand sanitisers and multi-surface cleaners that are suited to the various materials found in church interiors is imperative. Additional supplies may include Palm Ash tubs and packets, as well as incense and golden palm branches for the Palm Sunday celebrations.


Church Furniture

Whether designing the interior of a newly constructed church or giving the spaces some much-needed TLC, the right church furniture choices will be pivotal. Altars, pulpits and lecterns are some of the most important features to consider. Extra items can range from wall pieces like hymn boards to functional items like confessional screens.

Church furniture designs are available in various shapes and sizes. For example, lecterns can have square or curved stems, while others have adjustable heights. Pulpit designs may feature applied crosses or opt for a beaded design. Altars and other church items offer the same aesthetic flexibility. This is why you can choose from ordering online or discussing your order with an experienced church supplies advisor, who can help you every step of the way.

As well as the church furniture used by organisers and priests, you must consider guest furniture. From pews to chairs, communal kneelers to presidential chairs, quality craftsmanship is pivotal. Likewise, all furniture pieces should create a consistent aesthetic that suits the vibe of the church.


Vestment, Cassocks custom fit, beautiful fabrics, excellent quality

Vestments are essential for all priests and clergy members. They set the right image as you present to your guests and God. Therefore, beautiful fabrics with lasting durability are the only solutions you should purchase. 

Augustine Albs, academic gowns, Alpha Omega chasubles, canon cassocks and cassock capes are just some outfits and materials needed throughout the year. Meanwhile, accessories including tapes, stoles, baptism towels, and birettas could be needed.

In addition to wearable items, hanging and pop-up banners, as well as framed prints, could be used to create a better atmosphere, reaffirm faith, and provide valuable information.


Vestment Repair - Church Furniture Restoration

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As a clergy member, you want to stock your church with the best products to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for your visitors. While using a comprehensive church supplies provider, giving premium quality church items at affordable prices will help.

You must ensure that the right moves are made for the sake of your budget. Restorations over replacements can be the key.

Church furniture restoration can often be completed by buying replacement parts. Repairing a broken pulpit shelf or book rest is far easier than replacing the whole product.

Similarly, new seat paddings can be used to restore pews to their former glory. These options won’t always be possible, which is when the church products will be necessary.

Nevertheless, restoration, brassware, fibreglass, resins, silver, wood carvings, and other materials should be considered when looking to transform the church on a budget. Repair services for ripped or damaged vestment materials can also be a useful option.


Holy Communion - Altar wine and Altar breads

Church organisers shouldn't limit their preparations to furniture and church product supplies. Consumables are integral features of key events, like Holy Communions. Altar breads and altar wines represent the body and blood of Jesus. Therefore, ensuring that you have those items stocked, including gluten-free altar breads and alcohol-free communion wine, is vital.


Church Supplies and Religious Gifts – Serving the UK

By now, you should have a solid checklist of church furniture, church accessories, and other items that you need to provide your community with the best services throughout the year.

To learn more about our new environmentally friendly votive candle stands, please visit candle votive stands or call one of our helpful team, who will happily discuss with you the benefits of this new exciting range.

Hayes & Finch is proud to offer premium church supplies at exceptional prices and with quick deliveries. To place your order or learn more about what we can offer your church, contact us today!

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