Purchasing the Fonts Used for Christian Worship


The Christian Worship suite of resources use the typeface families Meta and Meta Serif. If you wish to use these fonts for service folders in order to match the appearance of the printed hymnal, you will need to purchase the fonts.

The first thing to consider is the price. These are professional fonts and are priced according to industry standards for fonts of this scope and feature set. A church may want to budget several hundreds of dollars for a core set that could cover most applications. They may be purchased at FontShop (fontshop.com/superfamilies/ff-meta) by clicking FF Meta and FF Meta Serif and then selecting the yellow “Buy” button.

You will want to license the fonts for desktop use and select either the “OpenType .otf - Std” or “OpenType .ttf - Std” formats. The “Pro” versions add extra language support that may not be needed.

There are many font styles that are offered, but a church would need only a few. Listed below are five core styles that are needed along with their general usage. Three additional styles are given for churches wanting more flexibility with type. 

Meta Serif Book—main text (responses, prayers, readings, etc.)
Meta Serif Book Italic—emphasized text and notes
Meta Serif Extrabold—congregational responses
Meta Italic—rubrics
Meta Bold—headings
Meta Regular—notes and small text
Meta Serif Bold—emphasized text and other headings
Meta Serif Bold Italic—“Refrain” rubric when congregation sings

Note: Fonts that are purchased are often licensed to one computer and/or user. Be sure to check the license agreement (EULA) to verify their usage terms.

Once you have installed the fonts, they should be visible in the drop-down font menu in Microsoft Word (restart the program if already open while installing the fonts). You can now create new styles based on the fonts or replace existing ones from Service Builder. Styles may also be imported from one document to another. The main style names in Service Builder and in Word are as follows:

Body—main text (responses, prayers, readings, etc.)
Heading—two main service sections (Word and Sacrament)
Caption—service subsection headings
Subcaption—hymn titles and Scripture references
Copyright—copyright text