In our children’s ministry large group area, we like to use lighting to enhance our worship experience. The problem that we ran into, however, was that there were 2 windows that were letting a lot of light through into our room and it was causing our lighting to really lose its impact.

I tried all sorts of ideas to blackout the room, even hanging black curtains over the windows, but nothing seemed to work very well. Then, I found out someone in my church had invented a product that did the very thing I was looking for (what were the odds???).

His product is called the ShiftShade. ShiftShade, a blackout window shade, is a simple and effective way to black out a room for complete darkness during daylight hours, or to block out street lights at night. With only four major parts, the ShiftShade can be installed by one person in minutes! No permanent changes, attachments or modifications are needed to your windows, frames, or window treatments. Window dressings (curtains, drapes, blinds, etc.) can be left in place. When not in use, it can be rolled up and stored in a small space in a closet or dresser drawer.

Once I found out about these, he offered to install some over our windows and they were exactly what I was looking for! No more light seeping through our blinds, and no more ugly black curtains hanging over the windows! Our lighting can now be seen perfectly, and we can blackout the room entirely, even during the day, to show movies and video clips!

If you are interested in a product like this, you should really check it out!

ShiftShade- for windows up to 38″ wide and up to 72″ tall


ShiftShade- for windows 39″-48″ wide and up to 72″ tall

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.