“Parents therefore will not fully perform their duty if they merely teach their children to eat, to drink, to walk about, to talk, and to be adorned with clothing. . . the first care therefore ought to be of the soul…”
John Amos Comenius
The School of Infancy, written 1633
A Children and Family Ministry of the Moravian Church, Southern Province
Recognizing the home as a community of faith, Roots & Wings represents our children and family ministry.
We provide avenues for families to discover and develop their spiritual roots and wings in today’s world. Through interactive events like the Children’s Festival, consultation with congregations and ministry leaders, and Moravian-friendly resources, we celebrate and work to enrich family connected-ness and faith formation within the Moravian Church community.
Beth Hayes, our director of Congregational Resources and Ministries, is always available to meet with your congregation, parent group, or Christian Education/faith formation committee to help you reinvision ways to reach your children and families in today’s increasingly changing world. Simply email Beth to set up a Zoom or phone appointment.
Parents, grandparents, guardians, and family advocates can “like” our Facebook page to stay informed about great family resources, upcoming events, perspectives on parenting, and to provide valuable feedback on your family’s needs.
Provincial Children & Family Events
Fun-filled family and children’s events, retreats, and workshops will enrich, entertain, educate, and engage parents and children alike. The Children’s Festival is a centerpiece of these kinds of gatherings.
Moravian Family Resources
Loving Hearts United: A Moravian Guide for Family Living
This inspiring, practical workbook for nurturing spiritually healthy families at church and at home includes activities organized for the 52 weeks of the year, plus more for liturgical celebrations. A CD accompanies the workbook with hymns and interactive songs for the whole family. Designed for busy families, this book is full of ideas for connecting with each other and God throughout the day. You can subscribe to our family mailing list and receive weekly excerpts of this helpful resource. Printed copies are available at The Resource Center or online through Moravian.org or BCM’s curriculum ordering site. Try out a few of the activities!
Simply Moravian: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Essentials
The world today is really complicated. The past, even though it may not actually be better than the present, somehow seems comforting. That’s why we look back. But can the past really teach us anything about how we live today? In Simply Moravian: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Essentials, we talk about that. From the courage of John Hus to the simplicity of Gregory and the early Moravians of Kunvald, we learn how to be faithful to the call of Jesus Christ in our modern world. What does it really mean to be Moravian? And does it matter? Written by BCM’s Executive Director, Ruth Cole Burcaw, with lots of help from a lot of smart Moravians, this spiral bound booklet includes activities designed for children, discussion questions for youth and adults, and worship resources and devotionals. Available at The Resource Center or online through Moravian.org or BCM’s curriculum ordering site.
Living Branches: A Moravian Curriculum for Children & Adults
This flexible, 13-week Sunday School or small group program is focused on sharing the story of our Moravian heritage from Jan Hus to the present day. It includes lower elementary, upper elementary, youth and adult components. Printed copies are available at The Resource Center or online through Moravian.org or BCM’s curriculum ordering site. In an effort to ensure all Moravian congregations have access to Living Branches, the curriculum is available as a free of charge download for all Moravian congregations in the Northern and Southern Provinces. To request the digital download, please contact Marie Couts ([email protected]) (Eastern District) or Beth Hayes ([email protected]) (Southern Province Board of Cooperative Ministries).
“As parents, remembering that our children are the property of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and take all possible care to preserve them from every evil influence. For this reason, we will seek to approve ourselves as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, setting an example for our children. We will give faithful attention to the spiritual development of our children, both in the home and in the church.” –The Moravian Covenant for Christian Living