ORGANIZATION OF THE FLOWER GUILD

Purpose

The purpose of church flowers is to glorify God by enhancing the beauty of the building. We aim at providing natural-looking arrangements which are kept in immaculate condition throughout the week.

The rota

The rota is compiled once a year and is distributed during Lent. If you cannot manage your dates on the rota, please change with someone else or let me know. If you want to arrange flowers on a special date, please let me know by Christmas. When there are special services and weddings, people normally arranging in that week will be notified.

Arrangements and their care

Arrangements to be finished and cleared by 5 pm during the week and 11 am on Saturday.

Clear previous arrangements and clean the containers. This includes cones if used.

If you use Oasis, please do not put it on top of pin-holders. There are special Oasis holders with only long pins.

Use only clean water.

Any usable flowers left over from your arrangement should be put in a bucket by the flower cupboard.

Remember to top up and spray flowers when you have finished your arrangement. Flowers can take up quite half the water in a container while the arrangement is being done.

Sweep and mop thoroughly after finishing your flowers and put away your equipment in the right place. Store pin-holders pins down. Fold up dust-sheets and put diem away in the cupboard. If still wet, dry out first.

Daily care. Please check your flowers during the week. If you areunable to do this, let me know.

Expenditure. It is hoped that garden flowers will be used if possible. If for a special occasion you need to buy flowers, please let me know and I will tell you what the allowance is and give the bill to the Treasurer. (10) Storage of equipment. All dust-sheets, watering cans, dustpans and brushes, spare cones, chicken wire, Oasis, pin-holders, small containers, etc, should be put in the flower arrangers’ cupboard; pedestals and large containers in the vestry [or some other suitable place].

Committee meetings

We generally meet as a guild twice a year. Notice of meetings will be given a fortnight in advance.

I hope that this information will be of use to members. If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to telephone me.

If a church — even a very small one — takes these instructions as a guide, the flower rota should work well, and a happy, flourishing guild result. Working in churches during flower festivals I have noticed that those which have properly organized flower guilds always have an efficiently working team and have the basic mechanics and the conditioning of flowers well prepared in advance.

Most flower guilds have a fund on which to draw for special occasions, but ordinarily members are encouraged to use garden flowers and foliage and to go out to the hedgerows. Most cathedrals and large churches are allocated a yearly sum by the finance committee and this is augmented by fund-raisers such as coffee mornings and plant sales. For example, the St Alban’s Abbey Flower Guild holds a wonderful plant sale in the autumn in the form of a ‘bring and buy’. This is perfectly splendid. It raises a lot of money and it provides a great opportunity to increase the growing of interesting plants for both churches and gardens. People bring and buy from a great distance. Small churches often prefer to be entirely self-supporting, organizing their own fund-raisers, and receiving donations from weddings and christenings. The fund is always under the chairman’s control and flower arrangers requiring money apply to her with a receipt for flowers purchased.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.