Moravian Church in North America

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Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Building faith in the great outdoors

For generations of Moravians, the weeks spent at a Moravian summer camp represent pivotal events in their spiritual growth. While having fun, making friends and communing with nature, campers build a closer connection to their faith and to God.

The Moravian Church in North America hosts four camp and conference centers in the U.S. and Canada, along with other camping programs that reach hundreds of children each year. In our annual round-up of camp activities for 2013, we feature Camp Hope, Laurel Ridge, Mt. Morris, Camp Van-Es and other camping programs that will bring young Moravians together to revel in God’s creation. Each of these facilities offer both summer camping experiences and year-round opportunities to renew relationships with God and grow in faith.

The words of Bishop George Higgins, one of the driving forces behind the development of Laurel Ridge in North Carolina sum up the role of the camping ministry of the Moravian Church: “we have a special need to discover anew the wonder of God’s creation. We need time for reflection, for prayer, for worship. We need to open our lives to God’s call for commitment, for service. This we find in the environment of a church camp.”

2013 Camping Ministry articles:

Camp Hope readies for a busy season of Eastern District camping

Camping in Canada at Camp Van-Es

Camping in the Western District

Laurel Ridge: The Southern Province’s jewel in the mountains

Mid-States getting “Back to the Basics”

Why did I put that guitar in the car?

Camping brings California Moravians together

 

From the May 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

02/19/2018

Monday, February 19 — Psalm 27:1–6
Genesis 46:28–47:31; Matthew 16:21–28

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. 1 Corinthians 4:1

Holy Redeemer, you call us to put our hands to work in the stewardship of the world. Let us always be in awe of its splendor and the beauty of nature around us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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