ardmore moravian candle tea
The Candle Tea is a tour
of Moravian traditions presented as a gift to the community. Each year during
the first week of December, more than 800 children from surrounding schools and
250 adults come to Ardmore to hear about the love of Jesus. Visitors hear the
story of the birth of Christ and enjoy music and Moravian cookies, while
learning about traditions such as the advent wreath, Moravian Star, beeswax
candles, cookie making, and tin smiths.
Emphasis is placed on the
outreach to children, hoping they will experience the Lord's love through the
love shown by the congregation. More than 80 church volunteers contribute to
the Candle Tea by greeting, hosting, providing music, demonstrating crafts,
serving guests, monitoring the bake table, making crafts, donating money,
feeding workers and cleaning up.
Children participate along side our 'senior' members in activities
ranging from serving lemonade and cookies to our guests, to demonstrating or
explaining the traditions.
"senior" groups are welcomed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
mornings. The 2018 Candle Tea will be
December 5th, 6th, and 7th. Groups must
call to schedule morning tours. Contact
the Church Office (336-723-3444) to reserve a day and time.
Everyone is invited on
Thursday evening, December 6th. Tours begin every 15 minutes and takes
approximately one and a half hours. First tour begins at 5:00 PM. Last tour
begins at 8:00 PM.
The Candle Tea is our
gift to the community. (No admission fee).
Craft and bake items will
be available for purchase. Proceeds help support the Candle Tea.
THE CANDLE TEA TOUR:
- Begins in the Sanctuary
where the children are welcomed, told briefly what they will be seeing, sing
and/or hear a Christmas carol, and invited (them and their parents) to come
- Cookie making is
demonstrated. As fresh aroma of the
baking fills the room, visitors are shown how the thin cookies are rolled and
baked. Of course, each child gets to
sample the finished baked goods.
- The significance of
beeswax, red trim, the light from the candle, and the advent wreath are
explained as the candle making and paper cutting are demonstrated.
- The history of how star
making began and the biblical scriptures about the star are discussed as
Morning Star plays in the background.
Stars in various phases of production are on display for children to
- Examples of “old timey”
household utensils are on display as a speaker informs the children the purpose
of the item. The difference between tin,
pewter, and aluminum is shown.
- The Putz helps the
children to visualize the Christmas Story as the event of the joyous Christmas
- The Candle Tea tour
concludes as the guests are seated in Fellowship Hall. Guests receive lemonade and cookies.