All church stained glass needs restoration at some point in its lifetime. Whether you’ve recently started to notice signs of damage in your church windows like cracked or missing pieces, bowing glass, or sagging lead caming, or are thinking about the future and the conservation of your stained glass, it’s always a good idea to consult an expert. Continue reading »
Things to Consider Before Restoring Church Stained GlassAugust 30, 2021 in Aggrigate, Stained Glass Restoration
If your church is 80 years old or more and has stained glass windows, then it may be time to consider restoration. Restoring these pieces of history can help preserve their integrity and value. However, the decision to restore is not one to take lightly. Below are some considerations for your congregation.
Pros and Cons of Restoring Church Stained Glass
Pro: Antique Church Stained Glass Has Monetary Value
The stained glass windows in your church may not appear to be worth a lot but they may be. The materials used, the studio that made them, and current condition all determine how much it is worth. However, one thing is for sure– restoring old stained glass increases is a way to increase their value even more!
Pro: Antique Church Stained Glass Has Historical Value
Stained glass from the early days of this city has a lot of historical value for churches and their communities alike. Some church stained glass is more historically valuable than others depending on which studio made it, what materials were used in construction, where your parish resides within the area, etcetera. Preserving these windows not only helps to keep local history alive but also provides a means to preserve local and parish traditions and art.
Pro: Antique Stained Glass Has Sentimental Value
One of the best things about church stained glass restoration is preserving the sentimental value. Stained glass in churches has been a fixture throughout the years, and many congregation members really love it. By having it restored you allow congregants to hold on to memories from years past and create new ones for future generations as well!
Con: Church Stained Glass Restoration is Expensive
Stained glass restoration can be expensive. It all depends on the size and scope of repairs that need to happen, but it’s especially true when an entire frame must be taken down or reconstructed with new materials. This cost may prove prohibitive for churches with limited funds at their disposal. However, many times there are historical grants available from local organizations. Also, we can guide you with fundraising ideas that we have seen work in the past.
Con: Church Stained Glass Restoration can be Time-consuming
A church stained glass restoration project often includes several windows and many square feet of repairs. This means the process is lengthy, but it also offers an opportunity to improve a building’s aesthetics in ways that might not have been possible before. It takes time to match colors from over 100 years ago, so if your church is considering restoration make sure you account for having our studio remove all the damaged pieces and repair them in our studio for up to a year.
For more information on stained glass restoration and to schedule an inspection contact us today.
Why Most Churches Use Fundraising to Restore Stained GlassMarch 22, 2021 in Aggrigate, Stained Glass Restoration
Stained glass is something almost every church and a member thereof take pride in. It represents the history of the congregation. This is why preserving these historical glass treasures is something we strongly encourage. We have yet to work with a church that wasn’t thrilled to see the glass they love restored to its former glory. However, to get to this point–financial hurdles must first be overcome.
Why Church Stained Glass Restoration is an Investment
It likely cost a fair amount to have installed in the first place. Therefore preserving the life and luster of antique stained glass will likely require a substantial financial investment still today to preserve. The investment is well worth it, as we have noted, since it keeps these beauties intact for another 100+ years for future generations. Like other non-profit institutions churches rarely have a lot of extra cash on hand; which is why churches often need to fundraise to sponsor the stained glass restorations we do for them. We have done countless jobs of this nature and have seen church congregations come together with a ton of great ideas to secure the money needed to have their iconic windows restored. Below are just a few of them
Fundraising Ideas for Church Stained Glass
Fundraising is certainly not a new concept for non-profit organizations. But we wanted to outline some of the most successful things we have seen in the past.
- Bake Sale: Traditional and simple–holding a special bake sale, especially around the holidays is a great way to raise money for your church’s new stained glass
- Silent Auction: This type of fundraiser gets local businesses involved in donating products and services–that sometimes auctions much higher than sticker price!
- Special Tithe/Offering: Handing out a separate tithe basket each service is a constant reminder to your church body of your need for funds specifically for your windows. Consider decorating the basket to make it fun for people to give.
- Grants: There are many historical grants out there to preserve stained glass in older churches–check with your local historical society if your glass is more than 80 years old.
- Social Media Posts: In this day and age, many churches are online. By posting on your church’s social media accounts you get the message out to more people than just your members.
- Email Blasts: If you have an email blast for your church, be sure to always include a link to a stained glass window fundraising page. If you don’t have one, talk to your members about starting one–likely someone in your congregation can donate their time to set one up. This type of marketing works really well is done continuously throughout the year.
For more information on ways to fundraise to restore your church stained glass to new–reach out to us today!