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How to Decorate Church Buildings for Easter

Many churches attach a tremendous emphasis to Easter. Easter commemorated the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Churches know that people attend service on Easter in larger numbers than almost any other service. Churches can use Easter Sunday services to encourage people to come back at other times of the year. The way the church is decorated may help visitors see the church in a positive light and entice them to come back. Easter decorations can combine Christian symbolism with spring themes.

Stage a church cleaning in the weeks prior to Easter. A clean church will look and smell more inviting and the decorations will look more attractive. Touch up areas that need a little repair or paint.

Use white altar linens and pulpit coverings. Some companies that make altar linens include Christian symbols on the linens designed especially for Easter. Use these, if you have them.

Place the church altar Bible in the centre of the altar. Place white candles on either side of the altar.

Purchase enough Easter lilies to decorate the front of the platform. These can be small pots spaced several feet apart. Purchase at least one large Easter lily for in front of the pulpit. Alternately, you can use a large flower arrangement in white, pastel colours and deep greens.

Drape a long, slender purple shawl across the empty arms of the cross. This symbol reminds your congregation that Jesus is no longer on the cross or in the tomb.

Create a display for the hall or on a corner of the platform to represent the empty tomb. You can use papier-mâché to cover a wedding flower arch and create the opening to your empty tomb. Place a sign at the entrance of your tomb that reads, "He is RISEN!"

Decorate the front rails and the choir loft with scallop-draped white ribbon, if your church has these structures. Mount white bows at the top of each scallop. Lace green ivy vines with your white ribbon and bows.

Sprinkle displays of flowers and greenery around the rest of your church building. Use pastel ribbons and colours to accent these displays.

Mount large paper, decorated eggs near your children's area. Use Christian symbols as part of the decorations on the eggs. You can use decorative lights or other Easter symbols to add to this display.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon
  • Bows
  • White linen altar cloths
  • Candles
  • Bible
  • Flowers
  • Greenery
  • Wedding floral arch
  • Papier-mâché
  • Egg decorative collage
  • Large cross
  • Purple drape
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About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.