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Altar Restoration 101: Biblical (and Practical) Concerns

Across our lifetimes, we will have many moments that can help us understand our faith and strengthen our bond with God. Those moments can often come in even the smallest of upkeeps and tasks.


Whether it is through the wear of time or damage from a storm, altar restoration is an often needed process. It is a time of rebuilding and needs not only a dedicated heart but also a knowledgable hand.


We strive to ensure that no altar to God goes unkept. Let us offer our advice and services to an altar restoration for both your family and your community.


Understanding the Importance of Altar Restoration


No matter whether it is a personal family altar or a community one at your local church, the altar is a powerful place of devotion and peace. No matter how the altar may have taken damage, restoring it is an act of devotion.


Depending on whether this is a private altar or a communal one will dictate how much this is a personal task or not. Either way, it is an opportunity. 


Altar restoration is both a practical endeavor, but also a symbolic one. There are many altar restorations throughout the bible, such as in Kings 18:30-38. With this act, you can help to guide a better understanding of faith and attachment to your community. 


1. Crafting a Rededication of the Altar to Your Church or Home


Time wears down on everything, it is in the nature of the world. As such, the wear and tear of your altar can be a simple product of its use. 


What time does not have to wear down is faith. When your faith is strong, the upkeep of your altar is another method of worship and can flow right into your usual worship.


2. Renewing Consistent Worship With Altar Restoration


Sometimes our faith does falter and we do not worship as we once did. We cannot change the past, but reigniting the faith through altar restoration is a powerful symbol.

Taking the time to rebuild and clean an altar gives you time to reflect on what your faith means to you. Faith is personal, so take your time to make it meaningful.


This can work for both personal altars or as a rededication to your community as a whole.


3. Bonding the Community and Family Through Altar Restoration


Very little can bring a community or family together like a strong and impactful project. Take altar restoration as a time to bond with your community and family.


Teach the younger of your group about the practical skills that make up the altar restoration.


Use the times of rest during the altar restoration to connect with other members of your faith. 


The Practical Management of Altar Restoration


While an altar restoration can be good for the faith and for the soul, it is still a practical and physical work. To make sure you do it right, you need to break down the process and do it right.


Depending on the type of altar will call for different methods of restoration. No matter what, though, you can follow these simple steps. 


1. Examine Your Altar for Wear and Damage


Examine every inch of your altar. You are looking for cracks, scratches, missing pieces, and stains. Make a practical list of everything that needs fixing on all areas of the altar.

This is a good time to note priority. Heavy damage to visible parts of the altar often comes first, while minor damage to the foundation can wait if need be. 


2. Clear and Clean off Unneeded Aspects


Simple and non-impactful damage like dirt and grime can be a quick fix. Washing and clearing off the altar can also help you get a clear look at the damage.


You can also take this opportunity to remove extra additions that you might not need. Removing pieces that are also beyond repair and not essential also helps to lower the size of the project. 


3. Creating a Plan and Organizing the Community


Once you have a list of damage and a clear view of what the altar should be, you should make a plan for your community. 


List the materials within the altar and make sure you know how to work with each of these materials. Dealing with water-logged wood is a lot different than chipped plaster. How long they may take to fix should also be in your plan.


Remember that you don't need to work alone. Considering pulling help from your family or community. 


4. Considering Upgrades or Redesigns


When restoring an altar, consider upgrades or even redesigns that may help to improve it. Even the simplest of altars are beautiful if they inspire faith, but there are many extra elements that can help to inspire faith and make worship easier. 


Some upgrades to consider could be decorative elements. Murals depicting different scenes from the Bible are popular. Statues to Jesus or other Christian elements can be simple and powerful.


There are upgrades that can help the functionality of the altar. A place to light and display candles can help for late-night worship. A comfortable place to sit or kneel can help in prayer. 


If your church has had a recent upgrade to a newer aesthetic, your altar should have a similar upgrade to fit in better with your hall of worship.


5. Seeking Professional Help and Guidance


Now that you have a firm grasp on what you need and what you want for your altar restoration, you may come to realize that it is a massive project and it may even be beyond the scope and ability of you and your community.


That's ok because there are professionals that can help. We here at Ecclesiastical Studios & Sons have done altar restoration and so much more to help churches get back on their feet. 


Whether you need to hire extra services or need some simple guidance, don't hesitate to look for professional guidance. 


Investing Into Your Faith With Altar Restoration


Altar restoration is a serious matter, but it should be a time of dedication and joy. The very act is a declaration of your love for God and the guidance God provides for you.

When you need a helping hand to lift you up, look toward your fellow man. We here at Ecclesiastical Studios & Sons have a high code that uplifts our work. Contact us today to hear how we can help you. 

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