As we work to help Moravians live out their faith in an ever-changing and complex world, we realize that we don’t have all the answers. But part of our job is to connect you to helpful organizations, programs, and resources beyond the BCM. We hope these resources prove meaningful for you!
From Hus to Us
From Hus to Us Vacation Bible School, Pre-School/K and Elementary
This curriculum is written as a resource for teachers who are exploring the history of the Moravian church with children. It is written with the belief that both teachers and children have much to bring to their time together and that the role of the teacher is to set up an environment that is designed for discovery. The curriculum is based on the belief that children learn best when they can move, make decisions, and be actively engaged in their own learning. Knowing that each teacher and each group of children is unique, the curriculum is designed to be flexible and to be adjusted to meet the needs of the group. It is also written using a scaffolding model – laying down a foundation of knowledge, then building on the foundation based on the age and interests of the children. For example, in each session a simple, short version (Part 1) of the story is read or told for the preschool and kindergarten children. For the older children, Part 1 is read or told, then Part 2 is added toexpand the story. If a teacher has a remarkably mature preschool or kindergarten group, both parts of the story could be used. If a teacher has an elementary group who lacks the maturity for a longer story, she could choose to use just Part 1.
This curriculum is designed with the long view in mind, knowing that children, youth, and adults will “circle back around” to these basic stories of the Moravian historical journey in different stages of their own personal life journey and will, at each stage, hear a familiar story or participate in an activity in a different way based on their current level of understanding. This is how we experience the Bible and our church’s traditions – each time we hear a familiar Bible story or participate in a much-loved tradition, we hear with new ears and find new depths of meaning. It is our hope that the stories of these courageous and faithful Moravians will inspire you as a teacher, as you continue the long tradition of those who have shared God’s Word, showed love to those around them, and pointed the way beyond the church and into the world.
Sunday School Intergenerational Resource
This is a intergenerational model, Images of Christ, to be used in Sunday School classes for the month of August. It was written by Beth Hayes, Lisa Mullen, Heidi Everhart, Jami Vandock, and Barbara Styers. This 4 week model is based on the lectionary passages for August. It is intended to be a mixing of all ages. Trends for successful Sunday School options indicate that the blending of many ages is beneficiary for all involved. If you have any questions, give Beth Hayes a call at 336-722-8126, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Moravian Resources– available at the Resource Center and online
- The Presbyterian Association of Resource Centers (PARC)– a great site to find a variety of Moravian-friendly christian education resources.
- Opening Doors to Discipleship: A series of free, online classes to support the faith journey of people seeking to follow Jesus today as leaders and teachers in the church. Call Beth Hayes at 336-722-8126 or contact us to receive the Moravian code which will grant you access to this ecumenical resource.
- Resources for Prayer Day for Older Adults
- Resources for the Beginning of a New School Year:
- Resources for Children’s Sabbath
- The Feast of Lights: A Liturgy for Epiphany
- Faith tips for families: In honor of the children’s and Christian education prayer days, we have compiled some Moravian resources to connect and celebrate families.
- Faith tips for worship: In honor of the children’s and Christian education prayer days, we have compiled some Moravian resources (a liturgy, Sunday school activity, recognition of teachers) that can be used in a worship and Sunday school setting.
- GenOn Ministries: Great resources and ideas for intergenerational ministry programs!
- Transforming Church: This informative website explores models of church for the 21st Century and comes from our Lutheran brothers and sisters. You can check out a variety of tools and resources for effective ministry.
- MissionInsite: Free demographic information and analysis for congregations and organizations in the Moravian Church, Southern Province. MissionInsite is an integrated suite of information and query tools which give demographic information specifically tailored to churches. Their information not only includes demographics, but also psychographics and population trends. This web-based software is available free to each congregation in the Province, based on a subscription license funded by both the Northern and Southern provinces. Interested? Contact BCM for more information and to sign up.
- Moravian mission around the world VBS: This free Vacation Bible School supplement program was written to teach children about Moravians around the world. It is filled with resources and activities about five different countries that have a Moravian presence.
- Daily Online Devotions (d365): Here’s an ecumenical website that features a daily devotional – a place in the “virtual world” that helps youth and adults to make space in their hearts for the Spirit of God. There are also Advent and Lent devotions.
Loving Hearts United Free Downloads
- Loving Hearts United Week 7: Lectio Divinia, El Shaddai, Finding Rest
- Loving Hearts United Week 8: Stewardship, Service, and Night Walks
- Loving Hearts United Week 12: Listening for God, Making a Prayer Tree, Examining the Light
- Loving Hearts United Week 40: Family Walks, Family Interviews, Lighting the House
- Loving Hearts United Week 50: Praying for Each Other, Writing a Family Autobiography
Experience more of Loving Hearts United for yourself and purchase the book from the Moravian Interprovincial Board of Communication online or come by the Resource Center at 500 South Church Street in Winston-Salem and pick one up today.
- Speak Out! Support group for teens, 13-17, with any mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD. Meetings are held the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month at 6:00pm at The Mental Health Association, 1509 S. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem.
“We Are Moravians!” Resources for Moravian Teenagers
A resource for adolescent Moravians who are interested in their Christian heritage as Moravians, and how they can strive to live it every day.
- Introduction to a Moravian Teenage Curriculum: The Rev. Brad Bennett
- The Bible-Reading & Interpreting It Today: The Rev. Dr. Amy Gohdes-Luhman, pastor of Northfield Moravian Church, Northfield, Minnesota; professor at Olaf College in Northfield.
- Our Christ-Centered Faith: The Rev. Lance Fox, pastor of Morning Star Moravian Church in Coopersburg, PA.
- Moravian History That Isn’t Zzzzzz: The Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
- Moravian Covenant for Christian Living for Teenagers: The Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood, Charles D. Couch Associate Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry, Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
- Christian Love: The Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons, pastor of Downey Moravian Church, Downey, California
- Dealing with Conflict: The Rev. Brad Bennett, former Director of Youth and College Ministries for the Bd of Cooperative Ministries in the Southern Province
- Addendum on Biblical Interpretation
Moravian Youth Liturgies
- Friedland Youth Liturgy: Composed by the Youth Worship Group at Friedland Moravian Church for their youth lovefeast in February, 2008. Over the season they studied the Ten Commandments given in Exodus as well as scriptures from Matthew, John, and Revelation to gain a better understanding of heaven.
- Youth Rally Liturgy: Written for the Provincial Youth Rallyfeast that took place in March of 2006.
- New Philly Youth Sunday Liturgy: Written for a youth Sunday at New Philadelphia Moravian Church.
- Liturgy of God’s Leading: Written by Jessica Parsons and Anne Cole Nicholson for the 2004 Provincial Youth Lovefeast.
- Provincial Youth Lovefeast Liturgy: Adapted by Rev. John G. Rights and has been used at the Provincial Youth Lovefeast and at various Moravian youth services.
- Original Youth Lovefeast Liturgy: Written for a Provincial Youth Lovefeast a few years ago.
- The Shepherd’s Center: The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem is an interfaith ministry that promotes and provides volunteer opportunities, life-long learning and support programs for older adults.
- North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light: Working with faith communities to address the causes and consequences of global climate change and promote practical, hope-filled responses through education, outreach, and public policy advocacy.
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