Imagine Moravians from across the U.S. and Canada all focused on mission in their community…all on the same day!
That’s the idea behind the Moravian Day of Service. The 2020 Day of Service, scheduled for September 20, 2020, helps raise awareness of the importance of mission work to the Moravian faith, encourage congregations to think of new ways to make a difference in their communities and demonstrate our ability to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
During the inaugural Moravian Day of Service in 2019, Moravians came together to venture into their neighborhoods, make and pack meals and kits for those in need, support their local community agencies and first responders, collect schools supplies, visit senior centers and a whole lot more-—all to carry out Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned and love their neighbors.
We realize that because of COVID-19, whatever you do will need to be adapted to adjust to our new reality. Even in these difficult days, it does not take us long to see the need for us to be serving one another and our communities.
The idea for the Moravian Day of Service sprang from the 2018 Synods of the Northern and Southern Provinces. The synods recognized that the coordinated efforts of Moravians can help engage others in service and ministry and raise awareness of the Gospel message; that Moravians have always celebrated their faith through service and mission work locally, regionally and globally; and that Moravians derive a sense of common unity and identity from serving together and with others.
Synods resolved to set aside a day, every year, for individuals and congregations to get involved in mission work in their communities, and share their work across the Moravian Church in North America. Working in consultation with the Board of World Mission, the PECs of the Northern and Southern Provinces designated September 15, 2019, as the date for the inaugural Moravian Day of Service; the 2020 Day of Service will occur on Sunday, Sept. 20.
The Day of Service isn’t a one-time thing but an annual event; it is not to replace the great local mission work already going on in our congregations. The Day of Service offers a chance to rethink how your congregation interacts with your community, and encourage you to make local missions an enduring part of the Moravian faith.
Resources for Moravian Day of Service, including ideas on where to serve, worship resources and ways to share Day of Service activities, are available at www.moravian.org/dayofservice/.
For more information and ideas, contact Chris Giesler ([email protected]).
2020 Day of Service Ideas
Planning anything in 2020 is a challenging thing to do because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so keeping things simple might be the best approach during the 2020 Moravian Day of Service. We would encourage you to consider having individuals or family units do things at home or in the community that would help others. These might include:
- Collect food for your local food bank. They all need help and contributions, especially those in communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
- Give blood. According to the American Red Cross, there is an urgent need for blood due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Check on seniors, disabled or other at-risk neighbors in your area. Call ahead and set up a front porch visit where you bring a lawn chair and have them come out on their front porch for a brief visit and prayer time.
- Check-in on anyone you know who might have depression or anxiety, both of which can be exacerbated during a crisis like this.
- Have children draw pictures and write letters to local seniors in nursing homes who can’t have visitors at this time.
- Shop or do errands for quarantined (even self-quarantined) families who need to stay home or don’t want to take their kids out in public areas.
- Send thank-you notes and cards of appreciation to front-line workers at hospitals, public safety workers (police, fire-fighters, rescue squad workers), those working in the service industries (grocery store workers, restaurant staff, etc.). Simply be kind to them when they are assisting/serving you!