Does your church have one of these?

No, I’m not talking about the guy who shows up only on Christmas and Easter.

No, I’m not talking about the “Church Jumpers”, who try churches on like the latest trendy shoes.

And not hypocrites.  We have those. You have those.  Heck, we are THEM!

And not the eternal crying kid who throws a fit every other second during worship and whose parents refuse to hear him. Or take him out.

OK, I might…just maybe…be talking about the backrow Baptist types.  Yeah, we all have them.  Them was us once.  When there were babies to wrestle with and toddlers to shush. But…

solid oak, church, attendance board, hymn number board, antique

I’m talking about the wood boards that may still hang at the front of your church. Or were discarded years ago.  You know the ones…they record attendance today, last week, last year, offering amounts, etc.  I remember looking at those when I was a kid and wondered why we needed to announce all of those figures. It baffled me.

And it baffled me as an adult.  I kept thinking that surely those calculations were material for Business Meetings only.  And the boards at my childhood church had the hymn numbers on it…that was the one on the right side up front.

Our church only had one and it came down years ago.  Well, it didn’t actually “come down”.  It just hung at the back of the church with random numbers decorating it.  Every Sunday, I’d pass by it and think…well, nothing.  It meant nothing.

And then, one day, I was cruising through Pinterest. The solution to The Blank Wood Board slapped me right in the face!  PUT SCRIPTURES ON IT! Instead of the usual statistics, use words!

Good Grief.  WHY did I not think of that?!!!  Years ago. How simple. How useful. How classic!!

The Wood Board on Pinterest was standing/leaning/propped up on a table in the church foyer.  It looked good! I can DO that!

 

church, attendance board, scriptures, antiqueSo, I headed to the basement, powered my Cricut up, and started to work.  The beauty of these old timey boards is that the slots are made so you can slide them in and out, which means you can change the scriptures/messages whenever the notion strikes.  (Never fear…the original number boards are stashed in a drawer at the church.)

The final touch for the entire wall on which The Board resides for now, was some beautiful wall lettering made by a sister Church Lady.  I love it!

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So y’all hit the church attics, scour the church basement, look in the church kitchen’s cupboards (??)…wherever and polish those jewels up.  Then…USE THEM!!

PS I saw where someone had used their board to display family photos.

 

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7 Responses to Does your church have one of these?

  1. Teuchter says:

    I was brought up Baptist and we had those on the walls at each side of the pulpit and they held the numbers of the Hymns/Psalms/Paraphrases that we would be singing that day.
    My husband used to call Church Jumpers “Church Gypsies”. This was not meant as derogatory towards Gypsies but that these folk moved from church to church, never settling in any one of them for very long. 🙂

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    • The Queen says:

      So GOOD to hear from you woman! I keep wondering if there wasn’t another one but nothing has turned up. So does Canada have these in their churches? Hope you’re feeling well!!

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      • Teuchter says:

        IIRC I have seen them in other churches but can’t think where off the top of my head. Maybe in the big Anglican Church in Vancouver? I’ll email you tomorrow if all’s well. I have improved a lot thanks!

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        • The Queen says:

          Patiently awaiting your email! Had NO idea you had been under the weather. We could have been commiserating together…I had knee replacement in Sept. Long haul but MAN do I feel better!! I can actually walk and not limp!!!!

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          • Teuchter says:

            Oops! Sorry! Will get back to you as soon as I can! As Robert Burns said, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley”! . Rough translation “…often go awry” 😉

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  2. We’ve always had these in our churches (during my lifetime anyway), but it has had the same use for as long as I can remember. We put the scripture readings and hymns on them for people to easily follow along through the order of the mass. Keeps everyone on the same page. As I’m sure you’re aware, we have a fairly organized method of liturgical cycles (A, B, C) that was designed to get Catholics more familiar with the text of the bible. It only took nearly a few thousand years, but the Second Vatican council decided maybe their parishioners should become a little more familiar. 🙂

    Love what you’ve done though. That’s much better than using it as a stats board. Happy Holy Week!

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