Six Surprisingly Great Fonts To Use For Worship Lyrics


18 Jan 2016

Choosing the right font for the lyrics on your church’s screens can be a tough decision! Of course, it’s important that it’s easy to read and it needs to look good.

For a long time, I would default to something simple, such as Arial, Helvetica, or Myriad Pro. All of these are great typefaces, but they get pretty boring after awhile! So, I began experimenting with some more creative fonts and found that they really add a lot to the Sunday experience. It made our lyrics feel more like a design than simply words on a wall.

It also looked great to match our lyrics with the font from our current series.

If you’re looking to give your lyrics a bold, fresh look, I recommend checking out these fonts:

1. Bonjour – Creative Market – $18

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You can download this font here.

2. Lemon/Milk – DaFont – Free

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You can download this font here.

3. Smoothy Sans – Creative Market – $16

TCP-Images_Created_For_Posts-Unexpected_Fonts-Smoothy_SansYou can download this font here.

4. Raleway Bold – Font Squirrel – Free

TCP-Images_Created_For_Posts-Unexpected_Fonts-Raleway_BoldYou can download this font here.

5. Bebas Neue – Font Squirrel – Free

TCP-Images_Created_For_Posts-Unexpected_Fonts-Bebas_NeueYou can download this font here.

6. Faith & Glory – Creative Market- $16

TCP-Images_Created_For_Posts-Unexpected_Fonts-Faith_GloryYou can download this font here.

Do you have any other unexpected lyric fonts that you would recommend?
Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Kendall Conner

Kendall Conner serves as the Creative Pastor at Piedmont Chapel in Greensboro, NC. He is a graphic designer, video editor, and all-around media geek, but above all enjoys seeing lives changed. Together with his beautiful wife, Holly, they strive to use media to spread the message of Christ and equip others for ministry.

Comments

  1. I follow the RSS feed and am excited to see you’re publishing again. Also excited to see my photo up at the top! Thanks for supporting us with great content and by licensing photos!

  2. We’ve been using these fonts at Piedmont Chapel and they look great!

  3. Love Raleway. Also a fan of Fira Sans

  4. I love stepping out of the basics, without being too distracting. These are good ones for that! But since you mentioned some basics, I’ll throw in one more that we still use a lot: Gill Sans MT.

    Don’t hate.

  5. Brain Flower is a great one! Adds that hand drawn feel and gives life to those worship lyrics.

  6. We use Marker felt Wide for years.

  7. Hi Kendall – Love that the site has been relaunched! This article strikes a chord with me, but for a slightly different reason. I always struggle with “design” compared to “function” for lyric projection. The fact that lyric projection can be “designed” and match other creative materials is fantastic for immersive experiences – but does the actual function of worshiping as a gathered community get lost in the design?

    • Kendall Conner : January 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      It’s definitely a balance, Mike! It’s the kind of thing that I like to test in our space before going live. I like to think I’m the harshest critic it has to go through. :)

  8. in light of this post, i thought i’d share this bundle that is currently available (ending in 2 weeks):

    https://www.designcuts.com/product/the-font-lovers-bundle/

    $29 for a TON of fonts, many of which may bring some new life to our lyric slides and graphics.

    i’m in no way affiliated with Design Cuts…i just love their deals!

  9. I have been using Lovelo Black for Praise lately – http://www.fontfabric.com/lovelo-font/
    Also, Playfair Display is nice for something different for worship – http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/playfair-display

  10. Where’s the white outline around the text box?! :)

  11. I’ve been using Bebas for the last little while. Quite like the look of Lemon/Milk, so it may be time for another change.

  12. When in doubt, I use Bebas. Bebas family looks gorgeous.

  13. Vanderson Araújo : January 21, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Hello Kendall,
    Good thing the website returned. I’m typing here from Brazil which use the Tahoma font by its simplicity and clarity in slides

  14. Love the Bebas Neue family, agree with Mark, it’s definitely a go to font! Great to have you back posting Kendall…
    With fonts like Bebas & Lemon/Milk though how have you found using all caps makes a difference to your community?

    I’ve wanted to switch to all caps for a while but I know Jeff McIntosh is adamant it’s not a good idea? Would love to hear how others have found doing this? Don’t want to hinder our community worship time if it will cause people to struggle?!

    Would love your thoughts on this?

    • Kendall Conner : January 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

      I don’t think it has really made any difference for our people. But, we’re a progressive bunch. :)

    • Cathryndavis Davis : January 25, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      I’ve found that those with dyslexia have trouble with all caps.

      • Kendall Conner : January 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

        Every church has different needs, Cathryn. There is a lot of grey area with this stuff. Do what’s right for your ministry! :)

    • I feel more comf’table using all caps. And, not boasting or anything, I have heard compliments from the atendees of our community church about my works. So i guess that validates it.

  15. We used to use bebas, but found the spacing between words too inconsistent.

    In the fall we switched over to Gotham Bold (it’s not free but I had it for an old project) in all caps and set the tracking (kerning function) to 5. It’s been a great look in our facility and goes really well with our overall visual brand.

  16. I have found this site to be very useful: http://www.myscriptfont.com/ What I love about this, is that I can create fonts to be very specific to backgrounds or environments.

  17. These were great… an easy way to freshen up lyric slides!

  18. Avenir Next Heavy Italics is a good one, as well as Arvil. Both great

  19. We at Impact Church in Lowell, Michigan love “Lovelo”! Free font and very similar to Lemon/Milk.

  20. Is there a way to load these fonts into ProPresenter? If so, could you explain how?

    • Kendall Conner : May 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Absolutely! You simply download the font and install it to your computer (the entire system). After that, they will automatically appear in ProPresenter. This works for PC or Mac.

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