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Sharing God’s love with our members and in the community is one of our highest callings. We do this through our internal ministries, which you can learn more about here, and through our involvement with City with Dwellings, Crisis Control, Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries, and Sunnyside Ministry. Calvary Moravian is also committed to serving the poor and homeless in our downtown community through our support and participation in the overflow homeless shelter during the winter months.
Music is one of the central aspects of the worship service each week and is an inherent worship tool for all Moravians. Whether singing hymns, leading liturgies, offering choral anthems, or antiphonally singing the Hosanna with our Children’s Choir, we take great pride in learning and sharing music that enhances all of our worship services throughout the year and, most importantly, glorifies God through music.
The Chancel Choir is open to everyone from 6th Grade through Senior Adult. Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening from 7–8:30 pm in the sanctuary at Calvary. Each Sunday, the choir rehearses in the third-floor choir room at 10:30 am for a half-hour prior to the 11 am service.
Everyone is welcome! Anyone can learn to sing, and we welcome those that want to learn, make music, and be a member of a fun-loving ensemble that strives to make a joyful noise! We enjoy preparing and offering a wide variety of traditional choral music repertoire, as well as sharing and perpetuating Moravian composers and arrangers from our past and present day.
Calvary’s band is deeply rooted in Moravian tradition. The band consists of musicians who play brass or woodwind instruments. The band plays a prelude every Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m. The band also plays preludes throughout the year for other services, including Christmas Eve Lovefeasts, Holy Week, and Easter.
Calvary’s band joins with other bands of the Salem Congregation to provide the music for the Easter Sunrise Service. Additionally, the band plays at funerals for members.
Calvary is fortunate to have five octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and 4 octaves of Malmark Handchimes with which to ring. Our handbell choir plays between 8 and 10 times per year, including our three Christmas Eve Lovefeasts and during each Holy Week.
Rehearsal is from 9-9:45 a.m every Sunday morning, just prior to Sunday School. Our rehearsal room is on the 3rd floor, located near the elevator.
In learning to play these beautifully crafted instruments, we learn rhythm, musicality, note reading, and how very important it is to work in an ensemble. Each person is vital to the success of our choir. Similarly to the Chancel Choir, anyone is welcome, and anyone can learn to ring!
Music has historically been central in the development and learning basic, fundamental skills. Through music, children learn concepts of melody and harmony, and they learn to listen and strengthen auditory senses. They learn to imitate and create, and they learn rhythm, fine motor skills, how to sing, and how to work within a group or by themselves. Music is a skill and natural concept that lies in every child and is often used as their first form of expression. At Calvary Moravian, we work in both small and large ways, to help children foster their musical senses and keep them as a central, life-long form of individual and shared worship.
Children, ages 3 years through 5th grade, meet weekly at 9:45 a.m. (at the start of Sunday School) in the third-floor children’s music room. We also meet from 6-6:25 p.m. every Wednesday evening during our Calvary@TheTable program, which runs seasonally in fall and spring – COVID-19 guidelines permitting.
We teach using hymns, children’s Bible songs, Laurel Ridge camp songs, as well as simple rhythm games and melodies. Our children’s choir sings approximately eight times a year, including during Advent, at our three Christmas Eve Lovefeasts, and on Palm Sunday to begin our Holy Week experience. Every child is welcome and encouraged to come learn with us!
CALVARY AT THE TABLE
Calvary @ The Table is our Wednesday evening mid-week ministry for all ages. We meet for approximately 9 weeks, twice a year. The first segment begins in mid-September and runs through mid-November, while the second begins near the end of January and runs through mid-April. We begin with dinner served from 5-6 pm and then continue with a variety of bible studies, fellowships, and mission opportunities for every age, Nursery-Adult from 6-7 pm.
The nursery at Calvary is for newborns to 3 yrs of age and is located on the 2nd floor, in the Early Childhood wing. Our nursery attendant, along with members of our congregation, staff the nursery for Sunday School, all worship services, our Wednesday Evening Calvary @ The Table ministries, and any special services that are held throughout the year. We are also equipped with an on-site beeper system that keeps the parents connected with the nursery should any emergencies or special needs arise.
Each week our youngest members are invited to leave worship after the Children’s Sermon for their own experience of worship using the Godly Play curriculum. Godly Play teaches the Bible in story form, using hands-on methods of learning as well as interactive instruction.
They learn about the church year and seasons, and the Biblical stories taught each week are in tandem with those that are heard in Sunday School, the children’s sermon, and worship. We use our beautiful Children’s Chapel located on the third floor as our Godly Play sacred space. Children ages 3yrs-2nd Grade are invited to this time of worship and creativity as they continue to study the scripture and stories of the day, just in their own way!
This class is specifically designed for children ages 4 – 6 yrs and is located on the 2nd floor in the Early Childhood wing. They use the SPARK Lectionary Curriculum (as described above) and incorporate many hands-on crafts, music, and games into their weekly learning.
Our Elementary class focuses on those children ages 6 -10 yrs of age and is located on the 2nd floor in the Early Childhood wing. And, like the other age groups, they also use the SPARK Lectionary Curriculum which continues to teach alongside worship each week and keeps families with multiple children in varying classes studying the same lessons on their individual levels.
In addition to our children’s weekly curriculum, we have also implemented the Moravian Church Milestones and Stars education program. This program integrates into all our weekly children’s classes, teaching fundamental and formative scripture passages, songs, prayers, and creeds that form the basis for our lifelong walk of faith. Take a look at all the Moravian Stars hanging in the 2nd floor hallway to see our progress!
Calvary Moravian’s dynamic and energetic Youth Group provides an opportunity for those in grades 6-12 to grow in a supportive community. We gather on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am before church for a time to study Scripture and to inquire. As a group, we encourage all to participate, bringing their insights and questions. Additionally, on Wednesday evenings throughout the Fall and Spring seasons, we meet to share dinner and fellowship, while also engaging in outreach and enrichment opportunities.
During both the Fall and Winter/Spring seasons, the Youth program is rich with opportunities for local mission work as well as more informal activities. Some recent highlights from our past year include work with H.O.P.E. Ministries, youth participation in Holy Week, our annual beach trip, and hiking at Stone Mountain. There are also amazing opportunities for growth during the summer, both at Calvary and through our provincial work at Laurel Ridge.
Join us as we empower each other to reach out to others within our own church walls and outside of them, through mission work, education, and service.
This class is an eclectic group with a varying age range, that meet on the 1st floor in the Burke Conference Room. This class rotates study topics on a 4 to 6-week rotation. We delve deeply into spiritual topics that are of major impact to their daily lives and enjoy discussion and fellowship together each week.
Calvary’s New Life Class is an adult group (open to any age adult) which meets on the third floor, conveniently located next to the elevator, each Sunday from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. The group usually has coffee/tea/hot chocolate, etc. and a chat until 10:00 a.m., with the lesson concluding at 10:30 a.m. to accommodate our choir and band members.
Each lesson is aligned with the Scripture from that day’s service, providing a deeper understanding to enrich the 11:00 a.m. service experience. Many lessons are linked to specific Moravian history and beliefs, such as The Ground of the Unity. We encourage all levels of participation in the discussion, from the reflective listener to the active “discussant.” Mainly, we seek fellowship with each other and Jesus Christ.
This is our longest standing Sunday School Class – it is one of the original classes established at Calvary Moravian and meets on the 1st floor across from Fellowship Hall. While not intending to be the class with the eldest attendees, given its history this group is mainly (though not entirely!) made up of some of our eldest members. The class uses The Present Word Curriculum, which connects similar storylines to those which will be heard in worship.
They begin slightly earlier than the other classes due in part to the active nature of their members. Often, its members are responsible for other aspects of Sunday morning life and need to be free to serve elsewhere by 10:30 am.