“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”Matthew 19:14The Candle Tea is a tour of Moravian traditions presented as a gift to the community. Each year during the first weeks 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.Children and "senior" groups are welcomed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. The 2017 Candle Tea will be December 6th, 7th, and 8th. 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 7th. 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.