Lovefeasts originated in
the practice of early Christian gatherings after Pentecost to meet and break bread
together as a symbol of union and equality. The early Moravians adopted the feast as a
celebration event which included prayer, religious conversation and hymn singing. Today,
the lovefeast is a song service, opened with prayer. The food is usually a bread or sweet
bun with coffee, tea or lemonade that is served while singing. The food is not
consecrated, as in Communion and children and members of any denomination may partake.
Lovefeasts are held at several special services of the year such as Christmas Eve, Great
Sabbath, church anniversaries, Epiphany, Christian Family Sunday.