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Margate Moravian Church Charter Celebration

Margate Moravian Church The Provincial Elders’ Conference is pleased to announce Margate Moravian Fellowship requested and was granted Congregation status, which will go into effect in conjunction with the occasion of their 19th Anniversary on May 30, 2023.

The Margate Fellowship was initially started in 2004 with the first official worship held on May 30 in the City of Margate, Florida. continued on page 12 12 The congregation has decided to keep the name “Margate” recognizing the Margate is a fish. The early Christian church used ICHTHUS (ἰχθύς which in Greek means fish) as a symbol of the Eucharist and as a symbol of the church. ICHTHUS is translated Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, our/the Savior. Consistent with that, the church will also use Matthew 4:19 and Mark 1:17 as the scripture theme for the church “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. The PEC affirms the growth of the Margate community through almost 19 years of history, its ministry to the nearby community, and the development of its stewardship. We agree that it equals a level of participation and commitment that is fitting with being a congregation.

On behalf of the Southern Province of the Moravian Church in America, the Provincial Elders’ Conference offers their sincerest congratulations to the Margate Moravian Church and wishes God’s richest blessings in their future endeavors. In observance of this milestone, the Margate congregation will hold a service of celebration on May 28, 2023 at 3:00pm. The Margate Moravian Church extends an invitation to the Province to join in this celebration.

You can hear more about the story from key leaders at Margate in this interview with Rev. Rebecca Craver with the Commission on Congregational Development. Thanks to Jacquie Gayle-Buckley, Justin Peart, and Tracey Anthony for sharing the story of Margate!