"In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love."

Our motto places emphasis on the importance of our fundamental beliefs while expressing brotherly love and tolerance for differing views on secondary matters of belief. The Moravian Church has no formal creed, the Easter Morning Liturgy expresses our faith in the Risen Lord and the promise of Eternal Life. The Holy Bible remains our guide for Christian faith and living.

In the fall of 1990, a group of Moravians in the upstate of South Carolina met for the first time to share a meal and fellowship. It was decided that they would meet one Sunday evening each month in the home of a member for supper and afterward there would be prayer and a brief time of worship. Not long after that, the Moravian Church recognized us as an organized and "official" Fellowship. At that time, it was arranged for Rev. F. Herbert Weber, a retired Moravian minister, to come to Spartanburg to lead us in worship at these monthly meetings. Several years later, we began having two services each month. About 1993, we began worshipping each Sunday morning.

Our Fellowship received two "gifts" along the way. The first came from Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg, S.C. with the offer to use their chapel anytime we wished. It soon became our "home". The second came from a member of the Department of Religion at Wofford College in Spartanburg, an accomplished organist, who offered to be "our" organist. Central United Methodist Church and Rev. John Bullard, PhD continue to be our strong supporters. Central's minister has made us a part of his ministry, we are his second congregation, for he worships with us about three Sundays each month.

Dr. Bullard continues to make our services more beautiful with his music. He now serves on the Board of the Moravian Music Foundation.

The Fellowship has reached out to the community by sharing some Moravian traditions. Each year we have had Candle Services and Lovefeasts during Advent; most often at Central United Methodist Church and in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg.

We have supported the Moravian Church Cornerstone Fund, Salemtowne, The Moravian Music Foundation, hurricane relief and locally the soup kitchen at Second Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, a women’s shelter, and the building fund of Central United Methodist Church.

The Palmetto Moravian Fellowship is the only
Moravian Fellowship in South Carolina.

 

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