Are there guidelines for placing flowers in the sanctuary?
There is no church policy prohibiting artificial flowers, however, according to the principle of integrity for worship, no appointments in the sanctuary should appear to be something they are not. United Methodist Altars: A Guide for the Congregation includes a section on the proper uses of flowers for worship, which says,
"Since flowers symbolize the resurrection, and in keeping with the principle of integrity, no type of artificial flower or plant is appropriate to the environment of worship." The "principle of integrity" means that "everything should express to the worshiper the qualities of truth, integrity, simplicity, and purity. Anything that expresses falseness or pretence, or that is gaudy or cheaply ornate, should be avoided."