Tips for Making a Fall-Themed Church Stage Design
Fall is around the corner already! Between fall kickoff, youth events, the start of small groups, and all other activities your church may be vamping up, fall can be a really busy season for most ministries. The “back-to-school” mentality gets kids excited, which can also give parents a bit more headspace to get involved in church activities.
With all that said, you want your fall church services to really shine, and there’s no better way to do that than to give a face lift to your church stage design. So if you’re trying to come up with ideas for your churches stage design this upcoming fall season, here are a few ideas to keep in mind!
Ambers, Oranges, Yellows, and Reds
They’re the colors of fall. They’re warm, comforting, welcoming, and a great way to signify a clear “shift” in the design of the stage. If you are doing fall-kick off services or other fall activities as well, a sharp change in the stage design colors can really help support it!
Another thing to keep in mind as you design your stage is that you want your screen backgrounds to match. Luckily, most fall-themed motion backgrounds for lyric screens are themed in the amber, orange, yellow, and red color spectrum. If you’re doing a stage redesign for fall, it may be a good idea to start a folder of fall themed backgrounds so you don’t have to worry about production volunteers selecting colors and background videos that completely clash with the stage design.
Abstract Stage Props
The beauty of stage design is that you can really do whatever you’d like, and abstract shapes can help to communicate a vision. Some churches really get stuck on representing actual fall or winter shapes for each season, but that can be tough, and is an easy way for a stage design to completely flop if not done exactly right.
What do you want to be the overall feel of the stage this fall? Triangular shapes, rough leaf-like shapes, etc. Get creative and think outside the box regarding stage props, and look at Pinterest or Facebook church tech pages to get some inspiration on how you can set up your stage for beautiful Fall curch services!
Lighting adds so much to the church service experience, and it’s a central element in stage design. While several churches do a great job with lighting, I’m always amazed at how many don’t make full use of their current setup.
The most obvious way to cater lighting to fall church services is just through color schemes. Yes, color is very important! But it’s not the only way to optimize your lighting setup for a new stage design.
Firstly, spend some time re-organizing and placing your lighting setup. It’s amazing how much moving LED and spotlights can transform the look of a stage. And it might even be necessary if your new stage props are contradicting your current lighting setup! Get creative with placement and use.
Secondly, look into purchasing some additional lights for your new stage setup. It doesn’t have to be expensive – you can buy used or find cheaper alternatives to the look you’re going for, but it’s amazing what you can do with just a few extra lights. Also, look for mountable LED light strips that you can put on the back edge of stage props. They’re not that expensive and they totally transform stage designs!
Screen media really “glues together” a stage design. You want your screens to match your stage as well as be appropriate for the season. Luckily, there is tons of fall themed screen media out there!
When you’re creating sermon or announcement slides, get creative with your color schemes, designs, and fonts to create a cohesive look that compliments your stage design and props as well!
About the Author
Chris Fleming is a professional musician from Minneapolis, MN who has played with artists such as TAYA, Big Daddy Weave, and Jason Gray. He is actively involved with the worship music scene and has contributed as a drummer, music director, song writer, and producer for various worship artists and churches locally and nationally. Chris is the Motion Designer at Motion Worship, helping to create motion background collections and countdowns for our subscribers.