Imagine Moravians from across the U.S. and Canada all focused on mission in their community…all on the same day!
That’s the idea behind The Moravian Day of Service. The Moravian Day of Service helps raise awareness of the importance of mission work to the Moravian faith, encourage congregations to think of new ways to make a difference in their communities and demonstrate our ability to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Following up on a wonderful celebration of service last year, this year’s Moravian Day of Service is scheduled for September 20, 2020. We realize that because of Covid-19, whatever you do will need to be adapted to adjust to our new reality. Even in these difficult days, it does not take us 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.
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. Working in consultation with the Board of World Mission, the PECs of the Northern and Southern Provinces designated September 15, 2019, as the date for the inaugural Moravian Day of Service; the 2020 Day of Service will occur on Sunday, Sept. 20.
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. The Day of Service offers a chance to rethink how your congregation interacts with your community, and encourage you to make local missions an enduring part of the Moravian faith.
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. And to see how congregations and agencies participated in the 2019 Day of Service, click here.
To see how some of our individual congregations serve, click here: