Home Moravian members consider themselves to be part of a church “family,” and warmly welcome each other to participate in activities regardless of personal family ties. But Home Church also recognizes the importance of nurturing and strengthening individual families, and it offers a variety of activities and resources that encourage family participation.
Shaffner Fund: The Jane A. Shaffner Moravian Family Development Fund was created by the late Mrs. Shaffner’s husband and sons in her memory “to support the development of families at Home Church, loving, supportive, Christian family units, which are grounded in the Moravian faith and traditions.” The Fund has supported several projects, including a Family Retreat at Laurel Ridge, and the development of Loving Hearts United – A Moravian Guide for Family Living by the Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in North America.
The Shaffner Fund also supports a variety of family-related projects, selected from proposals submitted each year by members of the congregation. See a list of the most recently approved projects.
Church activities and programs that encourage family participation include:
Easter Egg Hunt: The Easter Egg Hunt is planned for children and their parents/grandparents, and offers crafts, singing, refreshments, plus the Big Hunt on Salem Square.
Home Church Day at Laurel Ridge, usually held on a Sunday in June, includes lunch and an afternoon of family activities.
A young adults group provides fellowship opportunities for families with young children as well as occasional child care for parents to have time to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting.
Candle Tea, held annually in the season of Advent, is a wonderful opportunity for families together to dress as eighteenth-century Salem Moravians and welcome visitors to the Single Brothers’ House for a unique and historic Christmas experience. As a family and fellowship activity, Candle Tea creates many lasting memories.
Gathering of the Greens and decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas:Home Moravian is well-known for its beautifully adorned Sanctuary at Christmas, and many families take pride in working together to help decorate the church, usually on the Friday night before the last Sunday in Advent.
Christmas Party: On a Wednesday night in December, we gather for the Church Family Christmas Party, which begins with a family-style meal. After table fellowship, singing, and a Christmas story, we end the evening with our youth presenting homemade gifts to our children.