Seating for Your Local Community

October 10, 2019

These days, churches are much more than simply a place to worship.

In addition to the usual church events such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, and prayer meetings, increasing numbers are reaching further into the community by offering musical recitals, or even community cafes to name just a few.

Each of these functions and events provides its own advantages and challenges which shape the way you use your space. Choosing the right seating that can accommodate each of these needs is vital.

What follows is a short overview of the most common types of church events, along with our suggestions as to which chair and seating layout would best meet these needs.

Sunday Service and Baptisms

When holding your regular Sunday service, you need to ensure that everyone feels part of the church community and that they can easily connect spiritually with the message contained in the sermon.

There’s likely to be a mix of ages, genders and sometimes cultures in attendance and it’s important that the seating arrangement helps them to feel comfortable as they sit and stand. They should also be able to adjust their position when required and minimise disturbance when entering and leaving.

Ideally, you should find a stacking chair that offers maximum comfort and provides extra support to the elderly or those with mobility problems. A larger backrest is usually helpful for these groups too, as is the ability to attach and detach individual chairs to form rows.

The best layout for these groups is usually a circular or semi-circular shape as both are modern, welcoming and collaborative whilst building a sense of community.

Weddings & funerals

Weddings and funerals also bring together several generations to celebrate the union of a couple. That’s why it’s important to keep comfort in mind and ensure all needs are taken care of when choosing seating.

For weddings, the physical appearance of the space is often important for the happy couple on their special day, so any furnishings including chairs should take this into account. A neutral yet modern design looks stylish yet doesn’t compromise on durability or versatility.

Traditional celebrations are more likely to choose a classic layout for their seating as it provides a long path down through the church.

The more forward-thinking couples and families might find this layout to be too stifling, and any later arrivals can cause more of a disturbance than they should. If this is the case, it’s often worth compromising with a circular or semi-circular layout that provides support, builds a sense of community and brings everyone together for the meaningful event.

Prayer meetings, group study and Sunday School

When organising smaller group church events like prayer meetings, it’s essential that your chairs are versatile and durable enough to be moved around as needed.

They should also help make the most of your space, store efficiently without taking up too much space and allow you to have extra chairs to hand if needed.

For prayer meetings and group study, your audience is more likely to be adults so you can stick with whatever layout or structure that suits you better. When catering for children attending Sunday school, it’s also important that the seating is easy to clean in case of accidents and is safe enough for children to use.

You might also benefit from added features on your seating such as storage places for your Bible or other texts and smaller tables on which you can take notes or use your materials.

Community cafe

A community cafe is all about creating a retreat for your local community where they can meet friendly and welcoming people, grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cup of tea and shelter from the weather.

Your customers are likely to multi-generational, so you need to choose seating that is highly functional and meets their diverse needs. In this situation, we suggest that you choose something that is high quality, durable and easy to clean and take care of such as a stacking chair with a wooden or wipe-clean finish.

If successful, it’s likely you will need extra seating from time to time and need to make the most of your available space. This means it’s a good idea to use a chair that stacks and stores safely and can be used at a moment’s notice with the minimum of fuss.

Fundraisers and events

The only problem with fundraisers and events such as music recitals is that you can never really be too sure who will be in attendance and how many people will come.

Allow the church community to thrive and welcome all that come by choosing a versatile stacking chair that can be moved around to suit the unique needs of the event, packed away when not needed and stored in even the smallest of spaces.

You should choose a layout that allows people to move around freely whenever possible whilst helping to maintain a cohesive community feel.

The events and functions that we’ve touched upon here are merely the tip of the iceberg as there are many reasons why you might want to welcome the local community into your space. Simply bear in mind factors such as ages, comfort, design and space limitations and you can find the perfect seating for you.