Tag: Church Furniture

Church Pulpit, Still Front and Center?

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There’s a certain weight to church furniture, both spiritually and quite literally.  Through history the pastor alone led worship and the church furniture remained stationary, front and center.

Tiered Pulpit by Trinity

Tiered Pulpit by Trinity

Now, with a great variety in worship styles, there may me a team of singers and readers, maybe a rock band with a full drum kit, or of course there still could just be the pastor.  Traditionally the Baptismal Fonts, Communion Tables, Flower Stands, and the all important Pulpit that have long resided permanently in front of the congregation. Equally keeping in tradition, these church furniture chancel sets are substantial in size and cannot just be swept into a closet when the band begins to a drum solo in praise of Him.

Casters, is that the answer?  When you make the church furniture mobile, it can move to the left or right and make room for special church presentations.  But, does that lessen the visual solidity that is sought in church furnishings?
The concept of the “Centrality of the Word” is of great importance in Christianity and implies that the reading and preaching of the Bible is the centerpiece of a service of worship, and thus takes priority over the sacraments. The Central Pulpit is intended to give visual representation of this idea.

In many Protestant churches, the pulpit is placed in the center of the platform, and is generally the largest piece of church furniture. This is to symbolize the proclamation of the Word of God as the central focus of the weekly service of worship. The pulpit may be smaller in more contemporary evangelical churches, and is generally carried out after the end of the song service. The term “From the pulpit” is often used metaphorically for something said with official church authority.

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Church Seating for the Holidays

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It is a well-observed fact – as the holiday season draws nearer, Church attendance tends to rise. Having adequate church furniture and seating can be very important. While many Churches rely on simple folding chairs, more and more Churches are turning towards pew-style stackable church chairs for their versatility. Pew style stacking chairs generally have a “wing back” to them, so that the seat back “wings” make contact with one another, creating the look of a continuous row of pew seating most associated with Churches. Most pew style stacking chairs have a “ganging” feature that holds the church chairs tightly together, creating tightly fitting, semi-permanent rows of chairs.

Pew style chairs can be upholstered with fabric to closely mimic the fabric used on your existing pews or elsewhere in your church for the best match. Although folding chairs may only serve the function of overflow seating a couple of times a year, pew style stacking chairs allow you to add semi-permanent seating and capacity to your sanctuary that can be moved to other areas of the church for uses in events like banquets or private church meetings or for choir practice. Stacking church chairs stack easily to make room for large events, and can be moved easily using a wide variety of standard chair dollies.

If you still need folding chairs for your Church, don’t forget you have several options here as well. If quick setup and storage space is a concern, plastic stacking chairs are an excellent choice. They are light weight, and stack very compactly. Plastic stacking chairs are also more comfortable than a steel folding chair in colder climates. Steel stacking chairs are extremely durable, and are much quieter when the congregation rises and sits for songs. Steel chairs can be purchased with integrated padding as well.

Including the Kitchen Sink

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Worthington Direct carries everything to meet early childcare furniture needs, including, believe it or not – the kitchen sink! Worthington Direct carries the Jonti-Craft line of furniture, which in addition to items like the 4 station art center, Imagination Station, pick a book stands, and yes, even a full line of pint-sized kitchen furniture. The Joni-Craft name implies durability – their strong, natural birch plywood ensures a lifetime of use, and in fact carries a lifetime guarantee.

Jonti-Craft Dramatic Play FurnitureIn addition to play and activity furniture, Jonti Craft has a wide variety of mobile storage units, just right-sized lockers and cubbies to meet all your storage needs. Worthington Direct carries a wide variety of additional early childhood furniture, from infant cribs to toddler and preschool age chairs and tables.

Worthington Direct Launches New Website Packed with Advanced Features

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School furniture shopping has never been easier now that Worthington Direct has released the latest version of their website that includes an instant freight calculator, live chat and a PDF version of their catalog.

Worthington Direct (www.worthingtondirect.com), a supplier of school, church and early childhood furniture and equipment for over 11 years has launched a new version of their website that will make online institutional furniture shopping a snap. School purchasers, church committee members and daycare owners will save time, and as always save money, when they purchase their facility furniture online with Worthington Direct.

One major upgrade is real-time freight calculator that offers instant shipping rates for almost every item on the specialty furniture website. Worthington Direct’s technology director, Brian Heiland, says, "Today’s online shoppers are becoming more savvy and are expecting interactive websites with advanced features, like instant freight calculations. School procurement offices can now simply click to view their shipping rates and use that information to complete their requisitions in seconds flat."

Freight can be calculated on each item detail page for individual shipping rates, or multiple items can be added to a shopping cart and then rated for a combined shipping amount. Unlike some of the other school furniture sites, Worthington Direct does not hide any shipping fees inside their product costs. Some companies base their shipping costs on a percentage of the purchase total, but that is not an accurate amount for an item that is small with a high price tag, such as technology products.  This results in having some of the lowest costs in the industry and avoids the customer from paying an inflated shipping amount. Gas prices are steadily rising so every effort is being made to keep shipping rates accurate and to a minimum.

Another great feature found the Worthington Direct website is the ability to participate in live chat sessions with trained school and church furniture experts.  Although anyone that calls during business hours will never encounter an automated recording, some people just like the option to type over dialing. Live chat is a great way to get fast responses for questions that arise while shopping for school furniture. A full version of their printed catalog can also be viewed in PDF form on the web now.  Customers can view and print single pages or a range of pages that can be used in last minute committee meetings or to attach to their purchase requisition.

Some other upgrades to the institutional furniture website are larger images and a faster checkout process. Worthington Direct continues to focus on website improvements and to maintain their quality customer service from its origins as a direct mail catalog company. With all of the new and advanced features found on their online store, customers are still always to welcome to pick up their traditional catalog and call for fast friendly service. 

About Worthington Direct: Worthington Direct has been in operation for 11 years with an employee average of 13 years experience in the school supply, church and equipment industry, and knows what is important – selection, service, price and timing.

Our goal is to make your purchasing job easier. With competitive pricing, knowledgeable sales associates, and "In Stock" products for quick, efficient shipping, Worthington Direct is committed to be your furniture resource. Schools and churches look to Worthington Direct for competitive pricing for school furniture, church furniture, preschool furniture, early childhood furniture, student desks, classroom chairs, folding chairs, folding tables, seminar tables, AV carts, projector carts, science tables, stools, padded stack chairs, library furniture, desks, wholesale furniture, computer furniture, classroom furniture, dry erase boards, markerboards, chalkboards, office furniture, room dividers, partitions, cubbie units, storage cabinets, file cabinets, bookcases, lockers, classroom carpets, booktrucks, easels, display cases, cafeteria tables, activity tables, classroom desks, computer tables, desk chairs, lecterns, literature racks, office desks and risers among its large stock. Worthington Direct Launches New Website Packed with Advanced Features

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