The Moravian Day of Service helps raise awareness of the importance of mission work to the Moravian faith, encourages congregations to think of new ways to make a difference in their communities, and demonstrates our desire to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. For your congregation, this can be a day to celebrate the service that you do all year long and highlight ways more of your members can get involved. We also encourage you to plan a special service opportunity that might invite a sense of community engagement and excitement among your members.
This year’s Moravian Day of Service is scheduled for September 18, 2022. We realize that Covid-19 uncertainty and possible restrictions might continue to impact planning, but we encourage you to be flexible and serve in whatever manner is most appropriate. Given our current realities, it does not take long to see the need for us to be serving one another and in our communities.
The idea for the Moravian Day of Service sprang from the 2018 Synods of the Northern and Southern Provinces. The Synods recognized that coordinated efforts of Moravians can help engage others in service and ministry and raise awareness of the Gospel message; that Moravians have always celebrated their faith through service and mission work locally, regionally, and globally; and that Moravians derive a sense of common unity and identity from serving together and with others.
The Synods resolved to set aside a day, every year, for individuals and congregations to get involved in mission work in their communities, and share their work across the Moravian Church in North America.
The Day of Service isn’t a one-time thing but an annual event; it is not to replace the great local mission work already going on in our congregations but to help celebrate it. The Day of Service offers a chance to rethink how your congregation interacts with your community and encourages you to make local missions an enduring part of your congregation’s identity.
Resources for Moravian Day of Service, including ideas on where to serve, worship resources, and ways to share Day of Service activities, are available in the articles below.
To see how some of our individual congregations serve, click here: