30 minutes before Sunday school begins, a faithful group of prayer warriors gathers to pray for each other, the congregation, the pastor, the teachers, the nation, and the world.
In the Moravian Church we practice open communion. All who are professing Christians and understand the meaning of this holy meal are welcome to receive these symbols of Jesus’ body and blood given for our sins.
The Lovefeast is a service of hymns and prayer accompanied by a simple meal usually consisting of a sweetened bun and a mug of coffee. Dieners–men and women of the church–serve these to the worshipping congregation. At the Christmas lovefeast, the first of which was held for children on December 24, 1747, a lighted, beeswax candle with a red, crepe-paper ruff is given to each worshipper. The beeswax of the candle represents the purity of Christ; the flame, the light of love that Christ brought into a darkened world; and the red ruff the blood of Christ.
For more than forty years, Laurel Ridge has served as the camp, conference and retreat center of the Moravian Church, Southern Province. The 688 acres of woods, wildflowers, waterfalls, hiking trails, and spectacular mountain views create the perfect setting for recreation, relaxation, and spiritual growth in a natural setting.
Laurel Ridge offers a full schedule of year-round programming for all ages. Facilities are available for reservation by individuals, churches and groups of all faiths and other non-profit organizations for conferences, retreats and educational events.