- discuss how faith informs our wellness and daily decisions;
- assess our current state of balance and wellness;
- learn important lessons about change;
- and set goals for changes we feel called to make.
Many compasses compete to guide our lives. The Wellness Circle experience makes faith the compass that guides decisions in all areas of our lives – heart, soul, strength, and mind. When we use faith as our compass, we are better able to experience wellness and wholeness.
What: Living Compass Wellness Circles (small groups of 6-8 people) (Download more details about the group experience.)
When: Lent 2020 (6 Wednesdays: February 26, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm (No meal is provided but you are welcome to bring your own “bag supper” if you like.)
Where: Unity Moravian Church Fellowship Hall | 8300 Concord Church Road, Lewisville, NC
Who: Anyone who wants to explore the question: “How is the Spirit calling me to greater wellness and wholeness right now?” Members and non-members are invited to participate. Interested in a parent circle? Let us know when you sign up! Childcare provided.
How to Sign Up:
Our neighbors and their families are invited to celebrate Christmas with us at Unity Moravian Church. Although Advent and Christmas look very different for our community in 2020, we remain steadfastly hopeful as we welcome our Lord in a unique way.
Thursday, Dec. 24 *Rain or Shine!*
Lovefeast To Go (Drive-Thru Kit Pickup is 2:00 PM* – 6:00 PM in Unity’s parking lot.)
*Dec 23 UPDATE: Lovefeast-To-Go kit pickup on Christmas Eve *NOW* from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM in our parking lot. Due to expected heavy rain and winds, we’re extending the hours for pickup. Pre-ordering kits is no longer possible, but there will be a few extra available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you pre-ordered lovefeast kits for your friends and loved ones, you will be able to pick up Lovefeast buns, candles, trim, coffee mix and a special Lovefeast ode to celebrate in a new way this year through our Covid-safe parking lot drive-thru pickup. These special items will help you prepare your heart for our virtual service which will be livestreamed from the church sanctuary. Did you forget to pre-order? No worries – we will have some additional Lovefeast-To-Go kits available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit this page for directions on trimming your lovefeast candle.
Virtual Christmas Eve Lovefeast & Candle Service (7:00 PM)
Join us online on Facebook and YouTube at 7:00 PM Eastern Time on December 24th for our Christmas Eve Lovefeast and Candle Service. Enjoy celebrating this special service in a unique way as we welcome the birth of our Lord. Share photos and video of your family celebrating Lovefeast to our Facebook page while you enjoy Lovefeast To Go in the comfort of your home. A pre-recorded brass band prelude begins about 6:50 PM.
All in-person events take place at Unity Moravian Church at 8300 Concord Church Road in Lewisville, NC.
All virtual services can be accessed via:
Read more about the Moravians at https://www.moravian.org/.
Our neighbors and their families are invited to celebrate Christmas with us at Unity Moravian Church by attending one or all of these events:
Sunday, December 2
Candle Trimming (6:00pm)
Bring your family and learn how to “dress” the hundreds of beeswax candles in special red paper trim used for our traditional Christmas lovefeast and candle services. We enjoy snacks together once the work is done! Kid-friendly but fun for all ages! Free.
Salem Community Orchestra Concert (7:30pm)
Join us in the sanctuary for a merry old time! The orchestra will share a variety of carols and medleys designed to get you in the Christmas spirit! Free to all.
Sunday, December 9 Sunday, December 23
The Winter Rose: A Cantata (7:30pm)
Join us after the Lewisville Holiday parade for this free concert. The performance features Unity’s choir accompanied by a talented musical ensemble. The Winter Rose incorporates both traditional carols and newly composed anthems that visit the timeless Christmas story with fresh insight. This is Jim Basta’s farewell performance as conductor of the Unity Moravian Choir’s cantatas.
Sunday, December 16
Moravian Christmas (2:30pm) and Children’s Lovefeast & Candle Service (4:00pm)
This interactive community open house and craft fair is free to everyone! Experience the history, music, and traditions of the Moravians, one of the world’s oldest churches. Buy unique gifts, chicken pies, and baked goods for the holidays. Enjoy free sugar cake, cookies, hot cocoa, and lovefeast coffee. Crafts for the kids and young at heart. Stay for our children’s lovefeast at 4:00pm, a noisy and joyous worship experience where you can share in a symbolic meal, become part of the Christmas story, and sing carols. Come as you are!
- 2:30pm: Moravian Christmas (crafts, baked goods, snacks, demonstrations of Moravian traditions such as star and candle making)
- 3:30pm: The Christmas Putz (presentation of Christmas nativity scenes)
- 3:45pm: Band prelude (intergenerational!)
- 4:00pm: Interactive lovefeast and candle service begins
Monday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Lovefeast & Candle Service (4pm & 7pm)
Join us at 4pm and 7pm on December 24th for our Christmas Eve Lovefeast and Candle Services. A brass band plays beforehand to welcome all inside for this beautiful worship service sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! Come early to enjoy the band prelude and get a seat. Nursery is provided.
Please share this printable schedule with your friends and family.
For many, Easter is primarily about giant bunnies and sugary Peeps. But Easter, for Moravian Christians, is much more. Beginning Ash Wednesday and running through Holy Week (with services nearly every night), Great Sabbath and into Easter morning (early!), we focus on the suffering, sacrifice, and, ultimately, joy of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Easter, many Moravians gather in God’s Acre (the church cemetery) to proclaim their faith in the resurrected Lord and celebrate newness of life as the sun rises. The Easter Sunrise Service gives us a chance to joyously proclaim our Christian faith, beginning with the opening words of the Easter Morning liturgy: “The Lord is risen!” We answer together: “The Lord is risen indeed!”
But we are a practical people too. At Unity Moravian Church here in Lewisville, NC, we don’t have a very large graveyard (like Salem) in which to observe our Easter service. But we take time each year to lovingly prepare the graves for our own Easter service, much in the same way the women visited the tomb that first Easter morning (see photos below). Yes, God’s Acre is a place to mourn and remember those who have died, but it is also a place where we rejoice because we know that even though our loved ones are no longer here on earth with us, they are now living with Jesus. God’s Acre is a place of peace, hope, and faith.
The links below provide some perspective on Moravian Easter, particularly as it’s celebrated in Winston-Salem, NC. Enjoy and remember, the Lord is Risen! That’s who we worship . . . a risen Christ.
- Information from Salem Congregation about the 2017 Salem Easter Sunrise Service
- A Moravian Easter (An NPR Weekend Edition story from 2010)
- “The Lord is Risen” (A blog post from Duke Divinity’s Faith & Leadership)
- A lovely post about the grave cleaning tradition or “decoration day” in Salem’s God’s Acre
We hope you join us at 11:00am Easter Sunday at Unity Moravian Church for a moving service which concludes on the graveyard, but we do also participate in a community sunrise service at 7:00am at Lewisville Square. All are welcome!
Here are a few images from Unity’s 4pm Christmas Eve Lovefeast and Candle Service on December 24, 2016. Special thanks to our own Cam Lane for the beautiful images. Unity’s service (including behind-the-scenes shots) was also featured in the Winston-Salem Journal.
Join us on Saturday, December 3rd and learn more about the traditions of the Moravians, one of the earliest Protestant denominations. Food, crafts, music. Floating – come anytime between 1 and 3pm.
Here are a few images from the 2015 Moravian Christmas. Enjoy!
Join us as we celebrate the Christmas season and the birth of a little baby who became the light of the world. We’ll hold three different lovefeast & candles services this year:
- Sunday, December 18, at 4pm: Children’s Lovefeast & Candle Service. A noisy, joyous, and festive occasion for families with young children. We share in a symbolic meal, hear the Christmas story, and sing carols together.
- Saturday, December 24, at 4pm AND 7pm: Christmas Eve Lovefeast and Candle Services. A brass band plays beforehand to welcome all inside for this beautiful service sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! Nursery is provided.
The first Moravian Lovefeast was served in Germany on August 13, 1727, following the Renewal of the Moravian Church. Lovefeast is styled after the common meal partaken in love and fellowship by the early Church (as described in the Book of Acts). The first lovefeast in North Carolina was held on the evening of the arrival of the Moravians at Bethabara in 1753. Warm mugs of sweetened coffee, prepared in the Moravian tradition, and authentic Moravian buns are served to the congregation. Seasonal music and Christmas carols set a festive tone while the congregation enjoys the “feast.” The candlelight portion of the service, now adopted in one form or another by many Christian denominations, began as a Moravian children’s service. Handmade beeswax candles decorated with a red paper frill are distributed to each worshiper. The beeswax candles have been variously described as symbolizing the purity of Christ and the sacrifice of Christ as the light of the world. The candles are lit while the worship space is darkened except for a large illuminated Moravian Advent Star. Often led by a child, worshipers sing the antiphonal hymn, Morning Star, O Cheering Sight. In some congregations, after the last hymn, the worshipers carry their lighted candles out into the dark world.