1The Moravian Church is formally known as the “Unitas Fratrum” [“Unity of the brethren”], the term “Moravian” being, in this country, more of a nickname than a name of substance

2 Our nearest Moravian church is the Wellhouse Moravian Church off Greenside Road, Mirfield. They share a minister, the Revd Kenneth Evans, with the Wyke church

3 Founded in 1457 in Kunwald, Bohemia, which, with Moravia, makes up a large part of the modern Czech Republic

4 It was never intended to set up a church in England because that was the domain of the established church. Missionaries only spent time in London en route for America and the West Indies. However, as these missionaries spent time in London awaiting sailings, they met and worshipped with other devout Christians. As the group grew and became too large to meet in private houses, a room was rented and eventually, in 1740, a chapel off Fetter Lane. At that time the Society included John and Charles Wesley and there was a period of disagreements as the members wrestled with theological issues. Eventually the Wesleys went in one direction and the Moravians in another. The Fetter Lane chapel was registered under the Toleration Act in September 1742 and, following a mutually amicable visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury in October of that year, the first congregation was settled in Fetter Lane. The Society had been an important focus of what came to be seen as the 18th century evangelical revival in England.

5 The Moravian church believes ministries are valid because of the call of God not because of a ritual of ordination – and that is the guiding principle for recognising ministries from other denominations. Bishops are elected at the Synod, but have no administrative role, just a pastoral role for other ministers, continuing to serve in their own churches at the same time

6 One of their simple credal statements is “Jesus is Lord”

7 There can be no earthly head of the church

8 They say “Without fellowship there can be no Christianity”. Regardless of position in the church, Moravians’ correct address for one another is “brother” or “sister”

9 It provides a variety of music, using sung responses, psalms, hymns, canticles and tunes drawn from many traditions

10 At one time the church used the emblem of an ox between the altar and the plough

11 The Moravian Church has always been a missionary church – and believes mission is the work of every member