Youth & Children's Ministries
Welcome to Youth & Children's Ministries at First Moravian Church!
At First Moravian, young people are vitally important members of our faith community. We seek to learn, grow, and have fun together as part of a spiritual formation program that incorporates worship, study, fellowship, and service. For information about the opportunities you see here, or to become involved with our Youth and Children's Ministries programs at First Moravian, contact Meredith Cohoon, Director of Christian Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nursery Care (Birth-3 Years)
Nursery care is provided on Sunday mornings during Sunday School and Worship from 10:00am-12:00pm. Staffing is provided by Preferred Childcare and members from our congregational nursery team. The Nursery is located downstairs in New Fellowship Hall (the brick building to the left of the Sanctuary) at the upper end of the parking lot.
Children's Ministries (Preschool-5th Grade)
Sunday School. Each Sunday morning, our children meet downstairs in New Fellowship Hall (the brick building to the left of the Sanctuary) from 10:00-10:50am for Sunday School. We begin with music for all ages from 10:00-10:25am, then break into Preschool (Age 3–Kindergarten) and Older Elementary (1st–5th Grade) classes. Our music time rotates to include instruction in chimes, singing with guitar or piano accompaniment, and experimenting with other instruments. Our Children's Chimes Choir and Cherub Choir are frequent contributors to Sunday morning worship.
First Moravian Kids. Our Children's Fellowship typically meets once a month for fun, fellowship, spiritual formation, and outreach activities. During the school year, we often meet on Sunday afternoons following worship. During the summer, we enjoy day trips in the area, summer camps at Laurel Ridge, and Vacation Bible School!
Calendar and Upcoming Events. Check out what's happening on our 2017 Children's Ministries Calendar. Upcoming events include:
Family Camp at Laurel Ridge: Friday-Sunday, April 21-23. Join families from across the Southern Province for a fun-filled weekend on the mountain! Share a cabin or pitch a tent, enjoy delicious meals prepared in the dining hall, and make new friends or reconnect with old. For details and to register, visit the Family Camp Info Page.
Youth Sunday: Sunday, April 30 (11:00am). Our children will play chimes and assist in leading worship on this special Sunday.
Summer Camps. Laurel Ridge––our Moravian Camp, Conference and Retreat Center––offers a variety of weekend and week-long camps throughout the summer for children who have completed the 1st-5th grades. Our congregation offers generous 50% scholarships for members who attend. Visit the Laurel Ridge website for complete information, including summer camp schedules and online registration (now open for Summer 2017). Please contact Meredith Cohoon with any questions or to apply for scholarship funds.
Youth Ministries (6th-12th Grade)
Sunday School. Each Sunday morning, our Middle/High Class meets at 10:00am in the Parlor/Lift Room, located downstairs in New Fellowship Hall (the brick building to the left of the Sanctuary). Led by Pastor Tony Hayworth, the class discusses scripture and topics relevant to today's teens.
Youth Fellowship (MYF). On Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm, our middle/high youth meet in Old Fellowship Hall (the white building behind the Sanctuary) for a time of supper and fellowship, followed by a small group activity or program. We also meet at other times for fun, fellowship, community outreach, or to participate in the worship life and ministry of our congregation.
Wednesday Night Meals. Our Youth Fellowship relies on the generosity of our church family to sustain us each week with simple, delicious meals! We are always looking for volunteers to feed us. Would you be willing to provide one of our Wednesday night meals? You can find all the details and sign up via our online meal calendar.
Calendar and Upcoming Events. Check out the full MYF Spring Calendar to learn more about what we're up to this spring. Upcoming events include:
Wednesday, April 19 (6:00-7:30pm): Wednesday Night Youth Fellowship resumes.
Sunday, April 30 (10:00am): Youth Sunday. MYF leads 11:00am worship (rehearsal during Sunday School).
Saturday, May 20 (Time TBA): Mission Camp Dinner/Talent Show Fundraiser.
Camps, Conferences, and Retreats. There are many opportunities to participate in events with other Moravian youth each year! Many are held at Laurel Ridge, our Moravian Camp, Conference and Retreat Center located in the beuatiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
CONVO (July 1-6, 2017): Every four years, Moravian youth from far and wide gather for CONVO, the North American Moravian Youth Conference. CONVO––a time of worship, fellowship, learning, and service––is open to youth who have completed 9th-12th grade. This year, CONVO will take place in Washington, DC. A group of youth participants and adult chaperones from the Southern Province will travel by bus (departing from Winston-Salem, NC) to this year's event. Complete information is available on the CONVO registration site. Our congregation offers generous scholarships to members wishing to attend. Please contact Meredith Cohoon with any questions or to apply for scholarship funds.
Summer Camps: Laurel Ridge--our Moravian Camp, Conference and Retreat Center--offers a variety of week-long traditional, arts, eco, and mission camps for middle- and high-schoolers throughout the summer. Our congregation offers generous 50% scholarships for members who attend. Visit the Laurel Ridge website for complete information, including summer camp schedules and online registration (now open for Summer 2017). Please contact Meredith Cohoon with any questions or to apply for scholarship funds.