This year, Wake Forest University will hold two Lovefeast services in Wait Chapel on Sunday, December 4. The first will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m.
The Lovefeast has been one of Wake Forest’s favorite holiday traditions for more than 50 years. Recently, the event has been so popular that Wait Chapel has not been large enough to accommodate everyone wanting to attend. The 4:30 p.m. service offers people of all ages an additional opportunity to come together for fellowship.
The new 4:30 p.m. service will be slightly abbreviated and last about an hour. Rather than a sermon, the Christmas story will be told. The traditional 8 p.m. service runs approximately 90 minutes.
The services are free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Media can reserve space by calling the Wake Forest news office at 336-758-5237, if they plan to attend.
Video of both Lovefeasts will be streamed live. To watch, visit http://go.wfu.edu/lovefeastlive.
A Lovefeast service is dedicated to Christian love and seeks to remove social barriers and encourage unity and respect. Luminaries will line Hearn Plaza and Christmas decorations will adorn the Chapel.
Moravian Candle Tea
Learn more about Moravian Christmas traditions at Wake Forest’s Moravian Candle Tea. The Tea will take place between the two Lovefeast services from 5-8 p.m. in Davis Chapel and will include:
- Hand-made Christmas crafts
- Beeswax candle making
- Ornamental star making
- Moravian ginger cookies
- Choral and instrumental Christmas music
The event is free and all are welcome.
In 1965, Moravian student Jane Sherrill Stroupe (‘67) organized the first lovefeast at Wake Forest University with 200 students. More than 50 years later, the Wake Forest Lovefeast is the largest Moravian-style lovefeast in North America and a favorite University and community tradition (2015 Flickr gallery).