2021 Children’s Festival & Lovefeast

Sunday, August 15, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Interactive Online Experience & Livestreamed Lovefeast

The fun continues for the 8th year in a row!

We are excited to share details about our second virtual Children’s Festival! This year, we will be introducing an interactive online experience for children and adults, alike, to immerse themselves into the rich history of St. Philips Moravian Church. St. Philips is the oldest African American Moravian congregation in the United States, originally located within Salem.

In addition to the online experience, we will distribute “grab bags” for churches to share with each of the children in their congregation. We need your help to ensure enough bags for all – please let us know how many bags you will need for your congregation’s children. Please complete this short survey to provide us with your contact info and the number of people participating in this year’s festival and lovefeast.

More information will be available soon! If you have any questions, contact Beth Hayes.


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.

Children’s Festival publicity material will be added soon!