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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!

The time has arrived for us to celebrate the many colors of our world. This year’s Children’s Festival and Lovefeast will conclude with a livestreamed lovefeast service on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 4:00- 5:00 PM ET from St. Philips Moravian Church. Please note that this lovefeast is NOT physically open to the public. Gather the lovefeast supplies and watch the service with children from across the Southern Province and beyond! The lovefeast service will be livestreamed on the Trinity Moravian Church’s webcast portal as well as on Facebook and YouTube. Special thanks to Rev. John Jackman and Trinity for hosting the stream for us.

This year’s Children’s Festival Virtual Programming is now LIVE! Children and adults alike will be able to immerse themselves in an interactive online experience of St. Philips rich history. Using this platform, families can go at their own pace to learn about St. Philips, the oldest African American Moravian congregation in the United States, originally located within Salem. By clicking on the various images on the website you will be able to learn more about St. Philips, the activities in your grab bag, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

View the virtual experiences On Demand on YouTube right now!

Over 275 bags have been sent to 24 congregations so that families can participate in our virtual festival. If you received a “grab bag” from the Children & Family Task Force of the Board of Cooperative Ministries, click the links below to learn more about each of the different elements in your bag.


Remember that if you received a bag, we ask that you send your commemorative cloth strips back with your name on them by August 30th so they can be part of our commemorative weaving project for the Moravian Archive. Don’t miss this chance to be part of Moravian history! They can be mailed to:

Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries

Att: Beth Hayes

500 South Church Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The offering from the Children’s Lovefeast will help with the purchase of gravestones for the approximately 300 unmarked graves in the St. Philips Second Moravian Graveyard, Section 2 (at the northeast corner of Salem Cemetery). You can contribute to the offering by mailing a check or by credit card. Thank you for your support!

Check: Please make checks payable to “Salem Congregation” with “Children’s Festival Offering/St. Philips Graveyard” in the memo. Mail checks to: Salem Congregation, 501 South Main Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101  Att:  Bridgett Smith

Credit Card: Visit the Moravian Ministries Foundation website to place a donation with your credit card. Make sure to put “Children’s Festival Offering/St. Philips Graveyard” in the comments section.

For more information contact Beth Hayes, BCM’s Director of Congregational Resources & Ministries.


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.

Click here to download Children’s Festival and Lovefeast graphics for newsletters and bulletins.