Sunday, August 16, 2020 | 2:00 PM | Online
Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved this year’s Children’s Festival to a virtual format.
NOTE: The playlist is now open! The videos go LIVE at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 16th. If you want to follow along with Moravians around the world, start watching the first video at 2 p.m. EST.
Gather your little ones and those young at heart for a virtual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast! We are excited to be offering this event for the 7th year, especially during this uncertain time!
Together, we will learn the history of a Moravian tradition that we all hold dear to our hearts: our lovefeast! Along with some of our most favorite Moravian friends, we will participate in a unique litany, sing songs with some special guests, and get our bodies moving with a Story and Stretch! During our virtual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast you will be able to participate in the following activities:
- Lovefeast service (includes Godly Play lovefeast, a very special litany, and time to share lovefeast as a family!)
- Bible story songs and stories presented by puppets that go along with our special lovefeast litany!
- Story and Stretch yoga time featuring a special friend!
- Moravian coloring pages (for you to color and send to us for a commemorative scrapbook for the Moravian Archives!)
On Sunday, August 16, gather supplies for a lovefeast at home (juice box, milk, cookies, or bun) and watch the video with us at 2:00 PM ET. While the video could be watched at any time, we encourage you to view it at this day and time so we can all gather (virtually) in the Spirit together. After participating in the virtual event, please take a few moments to help us evaluate your recent experience as part of the virtual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast.
We hope you enjoy this new, unusual lovefeast experience! If you have any questions, contact Beth Hayes.
To the many people who helped bring this virtual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast to life, we give you THANKS! For a full list of all involved, click here.
Brief History of the Children’s Festival and Lovefeast in the Southern Province
In 2014, a task force put together the Children’s Festival and Lovefeast to commemorate the Moravian children’s spiritual renewal to be held each year on the Sunday closest to August 17. We began in 2014 at the first North Carolina Moravian settlement, Bethabara, moving in order of date established, visiting Bethania, Salem, Friedberg, Hope, and Friedland. At each location, we taught the history of the Moravian Church and what made each settlement and church unique! Various activities were held in the afternoon, followed by a children’s lovefeast with celebratory mini-mugs. In keeping with the Moravian tradition of record-keeping, we created a commemorative art piece for each event that was presented to the Moravian Archives to be displayed for people to see.
While the circumstances of 2020 have thrown us a curveball, we are excited to keep with the tradition of the event and offer a virtual festival and lovefeast! We will be able to remember this unique time with our collective coloring pages that will be added to the Moravian Archives. Next year, we will resume our festivities in-person at St. Phillips Moravian Church.
Click here to download Children’s Festival announcement graphics for newsletters and bulletins.