Ivybridge, United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 10, 2009 -- Lectern means 'to read' and they are common place pieces of furniture in schools, colleges, office, boardrooms, conference halls and of course Churches worldwide. Whilst the acrylic manufacturer Luminati has seen a significant increase in perspex or acrylic lecterns sales in the last year across the board it is particularly evident that the number of churches they now count amongst their clientele has risen dramatically of late.
Steve Senior, Luminati MD explains "The increase in church lectern sales we are doing is quite incredible. I am sure that like the business community they are feeling the pinch in these tough times and are opting for acrylic lecterns instead of traditional and very expensive lecterns made from wood or marble or brass."
Church lecterns usually are where the Bible rests and are from which that sermons are read during the church service. Historically church lecterns have been beautifully ornate and exceptionally expensive items. Of many are priceless and have been resident in churches for hundreds of years.
The choosing of more minimalist and up to date forms of furniture many would argue follows the trend in the UK in recent generations to construct modern churches in contemporary architecture and with modern furnishings and fittings. A move that is partly brought about through necessity as 'old' churches becoming too expensive to maintain and as part of a movement to engage the current generation in Christian worship.