Church signs: creative, concise or confusing?

Hannah Hurst, Staff Writer

Church signs serve several different purposes, but mostly churches make use of them to post important information for the community such as times of services, dates of upcoming events and also share names of pastors.

A large number of the churches around North Greenville University haven’t yet converted to electronic signage, meaning that these churches are somewhat limited on the number of characters they can display on a sign. It’s not uncommon for churches that still implement signs which need to be changed by hand to fall into three categories: creative, concise and/or confusing.

1. Creative

Churches in this category make use of puns and figurative language in order to catch the eye of drivers passing by. These types of Church signs play with words in order to portray an encouraging message or share a Biblical truth.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

This sign by Tigerville Baptist Church fits in perfectly with fall weather and the changing of leaves in the trees, all the while sharing a short and simple message for Christians.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

This sign by Faith Temple, ironically placed between a valley and a big hill, illustrates a message of hope to Christians.

2. Concise

Churches placed in this category focus their attention on only displaying the most valuable pieces of information using the least amount of space or words. While these types of Church signs might not appear the most eye-catching, they do most efficiently achieve their purpose: to share information.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

This sign by Belvue Baptist Church reveals the first part of John 3:16, effectively sharing one of the first key concepts necessary to understand the Christian faith.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

This sign by Enoree Baptist Church is short and to the point, displaying when and at what time families from the community can join in their worship service.

3. Confusing

Churches within this category either failed to use correct grammar or simply just don’t make sense. Improper spacing, lack of commas or merely poor word placement often causes confusing Church signs, some of which you might have to read over a few times to get the message.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Hurst.

This sign by Foothills Baptist Church might be a little more funny than confusing for some. The sign boasts that only 30 minutes after the turkey shoot there will be a hot dog sale… fresh turkey hot dogs anyone?