Hayes & Finch
Being part of a community means coming together and doing things as a group. For the religious, a key part of their faith involves regular worship with others.
Whilst religious worship can happen anywhere, congregations like to have places devoted to prayer and contemplation. Hayes & Finch manufacture and supply candles, furnishings and religious statues for churches, as well as supplying altar wines and breads, and clothing for the clergy.
Established in 1882, Hayes & Finch is a one-stop shop for churches. ‘We’ve been around for a long time,’ says company Director Karen Ware, ‘but that doesn’t mean we’ve become complacent. People still want to be part of a religion, and religion has to stay relevant in the modern world. But staying relevant also means appreciating the past.’ To that end, one of the company’s particular specialities is renovating heritage silverware for use in the church services. ‘We sometimes get silverware that we originally sold to a church a hundred years ago,’ says Karen. ‘Keeping it in top condition for the next hundred years underlines the commitment we have to providing quality goods and aftercare.’
A sense of continuity is part of the attraction for congregations, and so renovation is a large part of what the company does. ‘When you have a family that has sat on the same church pew for generations, they don’t want to see that furniture replaced with new. We have a team of master carpenters who can fix the furniture. It’s the same story for statues which require specialists to return them to their former glory.’
With help from the community, good leadership from the church and the expertise in the company’s Liverpool factory, churches remain places not only of worship but of local historical importance.
‘We never lose sight of the fact that what we are doing is helping people get closer to their god,’ says Karen. ‘In that sense we are helping people tap into a very important part of what it means to be human.’
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