The congregation at Covenant Moravian is focused on communicating—circulating a cohesive message for both our members and community to see the affect of the Moravian church in our daily lives and in the lives of those we touch.
In March of this year Covenant Moravian took part in an AID (Assessment, Inquiry and Development) workshop on communication led by Mike Riess, Director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication (IBOC). Following the workshop, a small Communications Team was formed among members of our congregration (Chris Ziegler, Holly Holtzinger, George Knoll and Jen Lau) and our Pastor, Jeff Coppage. We started small: Pastor Jeff enhanced a church news email bulletin. An existing Facebook page gained momentum, and after urging from our young adults, Pastor Jeff created a Twitter account (@CoppageWithHope). With these open lines of communication, new ideas began to flow.
Our congregation suggested we include outdoor worship events over the summer months and we responded with two outdoor services and two outdoor films to let the neighborhood see a living church at work. One outdoor service included the baptism of Wyatt McSherry and another had youth member, Chris Wagner, reporting on Camp Hope and communion celebrating the August 13 Festival.
To continue our outreach to the community, Covenant Moravian held its second annual “Blessing of the Backpacks” on August 19. This ceremony was particularly meaningful to recognize our teachers as God’s and Covenant’s representatives while collecting over 300 school supply gifts for local students in need. The school supplies were blessed by educators and students in the congregation along with their own backpacks and briefcases. A tweet regarding the ceremony was seen by a local news photographer and the event was prominently featured in the York Dispatch the next evening.
The Communications Team at Covenant is working hand-in-hand with other committees—the Christian Education Committee has begun selling Covenant Moravian t-shirts and are creating a new digital logo for use on our website and social media outlets. The Planning and Stewardship team has been busy putting Covenant’s information into easily understood language in an effort to streamline our messages.
With the holidays right around the corner we plan to continue a few Covenant traditions with the help of the Communications Team. We will once again host our annual Holiday Bazaar on December 1 which will include tours of the sanctuary and an explanation of Moravian’s heritage, decorations and Love Feast by Covenant’s elders. Our two community Love Feasts will aim to educate our neighbors about Moravian traditions and our annual donations of candy, apples and oranges to various community organizations will further our commitment to community outreach.
Jennifer Lau is a member of Covenant Moravian Church in York, Pa. To see more of Covenant Moravian’s communication efforts, visit www.facebook.com/groupscovenantmoravianyork.
From the October 2012 Moravian Magazine