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!

Save the date for our 2021 Children’s Festival and Lovefeast highlighting St. Philips Moravian Church. Beginning on August 1, 2021, 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, one of the oldest African American Moravian congregations in the United States, originally located within Salem.

In addition to the online experience, the Children & Family Task Force of the Board of Cooperative Ministries has created “grab bags” that were distributed to the churches that will enable all to more fully participate in the Festival activities, which include:

  • Special, one-of-a-kind coloring book with crayons
  • Supplies to create a unique piece for the commemorative archival addition
  • Story and Stretch Video
  • Fireside Book Chat
  • Godly Play Story about Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Children’s Festival mugs and cookies to enjoy during the lovefeast service

A livestreamed lovefeast will conclude the unique event on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 4:00- 5:00 PM ET from St. Philips Moravian Church. (Link will be posted on MoravianBCM.org in August.) Gather the lovefeast supplies from your grab bag, or whatever you have at home (juice box, milk, cookies, or bun) and watch the service with children from across the Southern Province and beyond!

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.