Advent Christmas

Share Your Moravian Christmas Reflections

We need your help! Advent is a time set aside each year to prepare for and celebrate the coming of Christ into the world. There are many experiences Moravians in particular hold dear when it comes to the Advent and Christmas seasons. A group of Moravian pastors, church musicians and ministry leaders recently began imagining what a Moravian Christmas might look like in this age of physical distancing, virtual worship and limited singing options. Their goal? To ensure that Christmas 2020 is a spiritual, memorable, surprising and still thoroughly Moravian experience.

Click here to tell us you are submitting an Advent and Christmas reflection or sign up for a time to be recorded!

We invite you to record a short video (approximately 60-90 seconds in length) of yourself answering one or more of the following questions:

    • What is Christmas Eve like for you? (Describe your local traditions: What do we need to know about your unique Christmas service? What is the first and last hymn to be sung at your Christmas eve service? If you have a lovefeast, what kind of bread/food/coffee is used? What do your dieners wear? What color are your candle ribbons?)
    • What do the words “Moravian Christmas” mean to you? What Christmas traditions do you hold close to your heart? 
    • What kind of mission or outreach do you engage in during Advent and Christmas?
    • What is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas? 
    • What hymn or carol sums up what Advent or Christmas means to you?
    • What will you be doing a little differently this year as you celebrate Christ’s birth?

Click here to tell us you are submitting an Advent and Christmas reflection or sign up for a time to be recorded!

This interprovincial group is already hard at work developing a variety of Advent and Christmas resources and experiences for individuals, families, and congregations in developing their worship and fellowship opportunities. Some of the main focus areas include:

  • Music, liturgies, images, video and other resources 
  • Family at-home resources for spiritual formation, development and fun
  • Streaming video and online events for celebration and reflection
  • “Offline” resources to reach out to those who cannot join online services
  • Resources for possible outdoor events
  • Materials for “Blue Christmas” worship to care for those struggling during the Christmas season

These resources will be shared interprovincially beginning in November; virtual events and other resources will be available throughout Advent and Christmas.

BCM will also spotlight some of these reflections throughout the month of December on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

How do you submit a video reflection for this project? Keep reading and make sure to tell us you are submitting a reflection by completing this short form!

How can I best video myself?

Use the video function on your phone. iPhones and newer Android phones have very high quality cameras, which include a video function. Use a high-end camera with digital capabilities. You can also record yourself using the Zoom video conferencing platform. It’s helpful to hold your phone horizontally when recording (rather than vertically). Email BCM’s technical production coordinator, Austin Craver, or Mike Riess, Director of IBOC, and they will help you figure it all out.

What should be in the video?

Start by saying your name and congregation. Spell it out (this will not be included in the final video, we just need it for labeling the video). Then, answer one of the above questions. Please make the reflection portion of the video around 1 minute in length. Do remember there’s a possibility the final version of your reflection video may be edited for length and clarity purposes. Please answer only one question per video submission. You can submit more than one video if you want to answer more than one question. 

How can I submit?

Please record your video and send it as an email attachment to [email protected]. You may be able to do this by “sharing” your video file directly from your phone. If your video is too large (usually more than 15mb – most videos are too big), please email it as a Google Drive link instead. If you have trouble uploading, please email Austin and he can help you.

When is the deadline?

The submission deadline is Friday, November 6th. This gives us time to prepare the final version and get it included in our larger Moravian Christmas resource site, which will be available in early November.

I’m not very tech savvy. Can you record me instead?

Yes! You can arrange a time to visit the Moravian BCM offices (500 S. Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC) or arrange to meet someone in another (COVID-safe) location by completing this short form.