Church Lobby Ideas

A church's lobby (sometimes called a "foyer" or "gathering space") is not only a high-traffic, transitional, and multi-purpose area, but also the first part of the church's interior that visitors see.

Welcome Area and Communication Center

A church's lobby provides visitors with an important first impression.A church's lobby provides visitors with an important first impression.
This space should evoke feelings of warmth, relaxation, welcome and home. Incorporating traditional decorating ideas and helpful, meaningful items can benefit everyone who uses the building on a regular basis as well as those who may be visiting for the first time.

Create a small desk area in the lobby where visitors can receive a warm welcome and churchgoers can find out more information about church happenings. This welcome area and communications center is an ideal location for weekly church bulletins, volunteer sign-up sheets, a bulletin board displaying important church news and notices, schedules for church greeters, lectors, and Eucharistic ministers, and church informational pamphlets. One nice touch is providing name tags (and possibly even a small gift bag) for new visitors in the lobby's welcome area.

Conversational Seating Space

Provide a comfortable, inviting, and spacious seating area in the lobby where churchgoers can talk before worship, meet in a central location or relax for a while before Sunday school begins, and gather their belongings before leaving church.

Church Cafe

Offer guests coffee, tea, bottled water, and perhaps a simple baked good at a "refreshment center" when they first arrive. Because many people come and go through the church's lobby, however, make sure to position the refreshment area in a corner of the lobby or in another location that won't impede foot traffic through the church.

Faith Library

Give churchgoers and new visitors plenty of faith-based resources in a small library section in the church's lobby. Providing easy access to books, magazines, prayer cards, Lent and Advent books, and other study materials can help everyone learn more about their faith. One small table covered with a nice tablecloth (or perhaps even a tall bookshelf) can hold these library items.

About the Author

Originally from Indiana but now based in upstate New York, Lisanne Jensen has written professionally since 1988. Her journalism career includes government and features reporting for several Indiana newspapers, book editing, and marketing/graphic design. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and French from Indiana University.