Most people who are casual church attenders don’t think about all of the things that go into running a church.  When the average person thinks about the staff of a church, they think about the pastor and maybe the secretary.  They don’t think about the church treasurer or the grounds keeper.   Most people don’t even think about church supplies.

Have you ever wondered where your church buys church supplies?  They buy them from a church supplies store!  You may be responsible for buying the supplies for your church office, or you are volunteering to help out the church.  Here are some of the supplies you didn’t even know your church needs.

Usher Supplies

On Sunday morning, the greeters and the ushers make the first impression on visitors who walk through the doors.  New families in the community who are looking for a new church will pay attention to every detail when they walk through the front doors.  One of the ways you can identify your ushers in the congregation is through name tags and usher tags.  This helps visitors identify who the ushers are in the congregation.

Ushers are often responsible for a variety of tasks.  They hand out bulletins to people coming through the doors.  They pass out the offering plates.  They count the money in the tithes each Sunday.  They have many responsibilities in the congregation.

Usher gloves are appropriate for the ushers who handle the money in the church.  Money is known to be dirty, and gloves are appropriate for handling large sums of money in the offering.

Anointing Oils

Anointing oil was used in the Scriptures to be set apart as sacred to God.  King David was anointed several times in the Bible.  Mary of Bethel poured expensive perfume (which would have been pure spikenard oil) over Jesus head and feet. After Jesus died on the cross, they used different aloes and myrrh before he was buried.  Some of the most common oils used today include Myrrh Anointing Oil, Cassia Anointing Oil, and Spikenard anointing oil.

Christian Movies

There are many movies you may want to have in the church library.  Some of the DVDs may include movies to use for Sunday school classes, and other movies may include DVDs to use in small groups.  There are other Christian movies you may want to have in your library too such as Fireproof, Passion of the Christ, and Facing the Giants.  Children’s ministries usually have a need for Christian resources too, so you will want to include children’s movies in your library too.  Christian movies are important to have in your church supplies.

Church Bulletins

There are hundreds of designs you can use with your church bulletins.  Some churches use a different design every week.  Other churches have different designs for seasonal times.  The most popular designs for churches include wedding bulletins, funeral bulletins, Thanksgiving Bulletins, Christmas bulletins, Easter bulletins, and Mother’s Day bulletins.

Church Robes, Clerical Shirts, and Choir Gowns

The pastor or priest wears a specific church robe, clerical shirt, or gown in some denominations.  They will need a few outfits they can wear on different Sundays.  Choirs often wear choir gowns too.  There are specific stores where you can buy these types of products.

Baptism Supplies

You may want to have specific robes for the pastor to wear during baptisms.  The person getting baptized may wear a special outfit too.  In addition to baptism robes, you will also want to have a supply of baptism certificates on hand to commemorate this special day.

There are many other church supplies that are unique to churches.  Communion wafers, communion trays, and communion cups are just some of the things that come to mind.  Large churches may need to purchase parking vests for the people directing traffic outside.

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