The Moravian Church British Province

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Moravians today

The Moravian Church today 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.

What are our services like?

The Church uses liturgy, providing orderliness similar to Anglican worship, but there is also liberty to use a free order when desired. Communion is celebrated monthly, in many congregations after the morning or evening service, a number of the older congregations hold a monthly Lovefeast, a service of shared news and light refreshments, followed by Communion. Infant Baptism followed later by Confirmation is the recognised form of entry into membership.

Where in the UK are we?

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 boarding/day schools at Ockbrook, near Derby and at 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 six regional areas where the Church can be found; in London & Bedford (Eastern District), around Birmingham, Leicester & Derby (Midlands District), from Oxford to Bristol (Western District), around Bradford & Leeds (Yorkshire District), around Manchester (Lancashire District) and in Northern Ireland (Irish District).

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. See our Church locations map page.

A Modern ecumenical outlook

From its earliest days the Church has sought to work in harmony with other Christians. It was a Moravian who led John and Charles Wesley to their 'heart warming' experience. Whilst in the 18th century theological differences divided Methodists and Moravians the two churches now find much in common. There are a number of joint Moravian/United Reformed Church congregations and in 1998 the signing of the Fetter Lane Agreement brought the Anglican and the Moravian Communions into a close working relationship with each other.

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