The Moravian Church British Province

in things essential, unity... in non-essentials, liberty... in all things, charity

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The Moravian Church

Where did we come from?

Names often describe the history of a people and this is particularly true of the Moravian Church. In its ancient Czech homeland (originally Bohemia and Moravia) it is called Jednota Bratrska, and in Germany Brüdergemeine. The Latin Unitas Fratrum (A Unity of Brethren) is still the official name of the Church, but in the 18th century a group from Moravia, fleeing persecution, settled in Germany and became known as Moravians.

Who are we?

The Moravian Church, established over 500 years ago, is a community of people who despite many changes attempt to fulfil the words of Christ, We have but one Master, Jesus Christ; and we are all brothers and sisters in him. Within the Moravian Church throughout the world there exists a very special relationship between the members that not even culture, politics, or war has been able to damage.

Where are we?

Following a spiritual awakening in 1727 the Church saw its purpose as taking the Gospel to those parts of the world that were unevangelised. In consequence the Moravian Church today is found in places as far apart as Nicaragua and North India, Alaska and Africa. In all there are some 20 areas of the globe where there are Christians of the Moravian tradition, over three quarters of a million people.

Moravians first came to Britain in the 1730s and set up congregations by invitation of local people often establishing Settlements with their own farms, industries and schools. Even today the Church has two private boarding/day schools at Ockbrook near Derby and Fulneck near Leeds.

About 50 years ago the Moravian Church in England was strengthened by the arrival of members from the Caribbean who gave new life to the work in this country.
Today there are five regional areas where the Church can be found; in London and Central Eastern England, the West country, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Belfast and the counties Antrim and Down in N.Ireland.

A few of the 31 congregations are in country villages, but most are in urban areas. All have the same warmth of fellowship, which is a marked feature of all Moravian communities.

We as Moravians believe there is nothing that need separate all who accept Jesus as Lord, and the Church has adopted the ancient saying
In things essential, unity;

In non-essentials, liberty,
In all things, charity

Did you know?...

...that the Christingle service is a long established Moravian Service, now used by the C of E Children's Society and a number of other denominations. Some churches also use the Moravian Advent star during the Christmas period.

...the seal and symbol of the Church is a lamb passant carrying a banner charged with a cross. The motto surrounding the victorious lamb expresses the Moravian conviction that Christ the Lamb of God is at the centre of our faith.
Our Lamb has conquered, Let us follow Him