Church kitchens

Some might remember my church kitchen cartoon – see that link or the end of this post. Canterbury Press sell a tea towel of a redrawn cleaned-up version. Here is a splendid real-life example of a church kitchen, kindly sent to me today by Nathan Larkin. Yes, those are photographs showing exactly what needs to…

Some might remember my church kitchen cartoon – see that link or the end of this post. Canterbury Press sell a tea towel of a redrawn cleaned-up version.

Here is a splendid real-life example of a church kitchen, kindly sent to me today by Nathan Larkin. Yes, those are photographs showing exactly what needs to be on each shelf. There is another picture below with more views, including instructions for the stacking and handle-direction of the church mugs.

Can anyone beat this church kitchen signage? Feel free to get in touch, and I will publish any good ones I get sent on the blog.

church kitchen

church kitchen in real life

Above: Instructions for mugs, among other things. Below: My church kitchen cartoon.

church kitchen cartoon

12 Comments

  1. In our church kitchen we just have your cartoon in A4 size stuck to one cupboard door. It’s a kind of teaching aid….:)

  2. I’m not sure if I’m appalled or impressed with the photos; whether to recoil with horror or replicate with hope it will resolve the chaos in our cupboards.

  3. I didn’t realise the teatowels were still available. Will you benefit if I buy any, Dave?

    1. Mike – Marvellous. I encourage the sticking-up of the cartoon in church kitchens.

      Vicarvernon – I agree.

      Simon – They are indeed. Yes, I am on royalties for tea towels so I do benefit if people buy them.

  4. I am absolutely terrified of the person who runs that kitchen. And sensing more than a hint of OCD.

  5. These photos and the taped-up instructions kinda make me want to go into that kitchen and rearrange EVERYthing. Starting with moving the handles on all of those white coffee cups. Our parish kitchen might be a bit of a mess, but at least it has some SOUL left in it.

    But, seriously. I’d love it if someone could come up with an idea of how to keep cooking utensils organized. For home as well as church. They start out not soooo bad, but it takes very little time before they’re mess. That’s why I always take my own knives (wrapped in an old dish/tea towel) when I work at the church. Bad knives, if you can even find any in the jumble inside deep drawers.

  6. Our kitchen has a significant saying ‘do not use the cooker for cooking’ (or words to that effect)

  7. We have 1950’s Berylware cups and saucers some green some that lovely yellow colour. Everytime somebody breaks one I cheer but it will take ages to break them all at this rate…those cupboards on the wall are beginning to look a little …oh dear they have all fallen down…

  8. In all seriousness, handle direction on mugs is important if you want to maintain the set. If a mug has a handle pointing out at a 45 degree angle from the back, when you grab the front of the mug and pull, the handle will scoop out the next mug. Then you’ll be running for the broom or hollering for help if you are in your bare feet.

    Also, for the newby, opening and opening all the blankety-blank cupboard doors to find a saucer is annoying. The church that I work at has at least 30 cupboard doors so finding things can be a protracted business. You know that the saucer will be behind door number 29.

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