Family Ministry

Church Family Life, Wednesday Night programs

New Opportunities for the Whole Church Family!

Share your gifts and talents by joining one of our Church Committees. With the restructuring of Women's Fellowship many new and exciting volunteer opportunities, which were once only filled with the women of WF, are now available to the entire church family. These meaningful and well- loved committees have long served our church family and are beloved, and important parts of our church family life. We are reaching out to everyone in the church and asking you to join one of these beloved ministries. Below is a list of the committees, the chair persons contact information and a brief description of the duties:

Bereavement Visitations – Help host a visitation for families to greet those who have come to honor their loved one following a funeral
– Kate Hix – 336-765-3606

Hospitality – Assist in preparing food and drink for large church wide celebrations
– Chris Puryear – 336-681-0871

Decorating – Assist in decorating for church wide receptions and events
– Susan Elster (large floral arrangements) 336-972-2606 / Mary Jane Dewees (Easter grave decorating, Church Family Christmas Party) 336-978-5371

Sanctuary Flowers – Help brighten the day of a brother or sister by either making bouquets from the sanctuary flowers or delivering the bouquets following worship on Sunday mornings
– Katherine Petree – 336-727-1195

Greeting – Greet brothers and sisters and visitors at the door as they enter for worship
– Mark Goslen – 336-776-7908

Nursery – Provide assistance in the nursery for our littlest brothers and sisters
– Margaret Norris – 336-722-6171

Call to get more details and to sign up and help serve your church family in any way that you can.

Lucy Strawsburg, 336-416-8686
Church Family Life

Wednesday Night Fellowship

Dinner (prepared by HMC Chefs):

Menu:  (September 29th)

Roasted veggie w/cheese on ciabatta, chips, cookie


Meal pick-up between 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Take your meal outside to eat picnic style, or home if you prefer.
RSVP by Monday prior by submitting the reservation form, emailing the church office or calling 336-722-6171.

Fall Program Series:
6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
HMC Sanctuary and livestream unless otherwise noted. Watch this week's program.
Programs subject to change.

September

  • 29 Appreciating our Neighbors:  Sunnyside Freedom School with Rev. Russ May  
    This six-week summer school program, held at Trinity Moravian, is sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund and run locally by the Moravian emerging ministry, Anthony’s Plot. Freedom School students engage in a research-based, multicultural integrated reading curriculum that supports them and their families.

October

  • Appreciating our Neighbors:  The Happy Hill Community and its Moravian Connections with Triad Cultural Arts, Inc. Executive Director and Founder Cheryl Harry
    Explore the history of the land underlying the Happy Hill community, from the time it was a plantation of the Salem Congregation, down to the present day.
  • 13 The Cherokee Trail of Tears, Part 1:  What was it?  Why did it happen?  And how were the Moravians involved? Rev. Dr. Daniel Crews (alternate location and via zoom)
    Learn more about this forced tribal evacuation that began in 1831.
  • 20 The Cherokee Trail of Tears, Part 2:  a First-Hand Account with Rt. Rev. Graham Rights
    Daniel Butrick was a close friend to the Moravians who traveled with displaced Cherokees along the Trail of Tears. Hear this first-hand account of the Cherokees’ journey.
  • 27 Diggs/Latham Fundraiser 
    Home Church and WS/FC elementary school Diggs/Latham have been in partnership since 2011. Join us in learning about and raising money for this important church connection.

November

  • 3 Kevin and Charity, Moravian Mission Society Missionaries in the Middle East
    Serving in an area where being a Christian could possibly mean persecution, this family very quietly shares their faith as they seek to raise up local believers.
  • 10 and 17 Our New Moravian Catechism, Part 1 and Part 2, with Sam Gray
    The Moravian Interprovincial Faith and Order Commission composed a new Catechism, honoring and reflecting the church’s previous document. We will first explore the structure and content of this Catechism (for each topic there are Bible verses; Biblical images and symbols; a brief summary; and hymns that relate to the topic). Then, we will consider ways in which the material can be used for personal reflection, spiritual growth, and Catechetical instruction.
  • 24:  No WNF/Thanksgiving week

December

  • 1 HMC Night at Candle Tea 
    Experience the 2021 Candle Tea on this evening of its opening. Whether as a volunteer or guest, join us as we go “Forward into Tradition” at the 2021 Candle Tea.
  • 8 HMC Family Christmas Party
    Join the church family as we celebrate the birth of Christ together

Christian Education Opportunities

Sunday

Adults

  • Classes, 11:15 a.m. 
    • Bible Discussion: See weekly bulletin for current study. Class in the Club Room and via Zoom.
    • Faith Journeys will resume in September 2021.
    • Scripture Encore, discussion of Sunday's text, will resume in September 2021.

Children

Godly Play: a new recorded story every Sunday, available on the Children's page and the homepage.

In person Sundays July 18-Aug. 8

  • Godly Play at HMC: families are welcome to join in CE 101 from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. for a masked, socially distanced time. Nursery will be available.

Email Margaret Norris for more information. 

Youth Fellowship will resume in fall 2021.

"Normal" Programming

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 also offers crafts, singing, and refreshments.

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.

We bake cookies!

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