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Moravian Church in Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Synod

The Mission Province of the Moravian Church in Newfoundland and Labrador has long been a valued partner of the Board of World Mission. Founded in 1771, the church still plays an important role in the four communities with Moravian congregations, some of which are the only church in the town. 

Brothers and sisters in Labrador met for their synod May 21-22 at the Happy Valley Moravian Church. The meetings were guided by Sister Sarah Jensen who serves as the Chairperson of the Province; despite a late start due to weather conditions on the coast and cancelled flights, those gathered were able to complete the business of synod on time. Bishop Chris Giesler of the Board of World Mission was present at the synod to provide worship leadership. Ministry and financial reports were heard from each of the congregations: Nain, Hopedale, Makkovic, and Happy Valley. There was also a report from the Moravian Fellowship in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Common concerns include shrinking numbers in worship, aging congregational leadership, and the lack of a vibrant youth ministry. However, a beacon of hope shines with the upcoming ordination of McKinley and Darlene Winters, who are set to complete their seminary training this coming December. This significant milestone brings optimism to the Mission Province, which currently operates without any ordained pastors, relying on the capable leadership of Lay Ministers and Chapel Servants. 

There was much discussion on the need for additional sources of income, membership growth and vitality, and future leadership training events. Sarah Jensen was reelected as Chairperson of the Provincial Board. As always, these synod meetings take care of important business, but they also provide for times of fellowship, conversations, prayer, and worship. 

Bishop Chris stayed for three additional days following the synod to meet with provincial leaders and provide workshops on Moravian History and Biblical Interpretation. He also preached at the Happy Valley congregation’s Sunday morning worship service on May 26.