What characterizes Prince of Peace?
Our congregation is a multi-generational community made up of people from all walks of life and every stage of faith. We are united by our love for God, and our common commitment to serving in Jesus’ name. We are small in number but mighty in our care for one another and our mission in the world. You will feel welcome here.
What is your Mission?
As a Church we strive to live as “a provisional demonstration of the kingdom of God on earth.” That means that through the way that we worship, care for one another, and serve those in need in the world we strive to proclaim the truth of God’s grace, embody God’s love for all people, and point to God’s future with hope. We are committed to demonstrating an alternative to the world’s ways of fear, judgement, and despair.
When do you worship?
Worship takes place on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.* The service usually lasts about an hour or an hour and fifteen minutes. Dress in whatever makes you comfortable. Some people wear dresses and suits, others come in casual clothes. We encourage families to worship together. But nursery care is available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for children ages 7 and under.
*Before each worship service from 10:00-10:20 a.m., we offer a sharing time when people are invited to share their highs and lows of the week with the pastor and each other. We listen and support one another, and pray for each other and for God to work through the worship service to speak to our individual needs. This time helps prepare us for worship and strengthens ties in the community.
*After worship in addition to having coffee and fellowship, we also offer a discussion time (approx. 11:30-12:00 p.m.), when those who are interested can meet in the sanctuary with the pastor and others to discuss questions raised by the text or the sermon. This allows us to learn more from the text and each other.
What kind of worship do you offer?
On most Sundays it is a primarily traditional service, although services sometimes include contemporary music and/or videos too. In months when we have five Sundays, however, the 5th Sunday service is a special one called Dialogue Church. (See Special Services below.) All of our worship services are multi-generational. But for those who so desire, there is nursery care during worship for children up to age 7. During this time children ages 4-7 also get a Scripture lesson. (See Spiritual Development.) We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper monthly (usually on the first Sunday of the month). We use gluten-free bread and juice instead of wine so all can participate.
Making Worship Meaningful: In order to strengthen our discipleship and make Sunday worship more meaningful, we invite those in our church to adopt a voluntary practice at home called “Faith 5,” a daily devotional exercise that involves sharing personal highs and lows, reading the upcoming Scripture lessons for worship, answering some questions and discussing the texts together, praying for one another, and blessing one another. (See Spiritual Development.) Weekly e-blasts are sent out with the week’s biblical texts and questions. By making the Faith 5 devotions a part of your family life, your marriage, or your own personal study, you integrate the discipleship practices of Bible study, prayer, and pastoral support into your life and your children’s lives. It becomes a spiritual ritual that your children will come to expect, and that will help you stay connected to God. Those who do Faith 5 also come to Sunday worship having already “chewed” on the text instead of hearing it possibly for the first time, which makes worship more interesting. Faith 5 practice is entirely voluntary. We do not collect homework or ask anyone if they have done their work in worship. So visitors need not feel out of place.
We offer extra services during the holy seasons, and on Monday nights 3-4 times a year, we also offer Wholeness Services for those in need of prayer and community support. These are small, more personal services which include prayer, anointing and the laying on of hands by our elders. You do not need to be a member to participate.
5th Sunday Dialogue Church: During this interactive service, instead of listening quietly to a sermon, congregants are invited to join in conversation with the pastor and each other about the biblical texts. There are opportunities to affirm our faith in a variety of ways, to ask questions, to offer our gifts to God through music, art, and more. Each 5th Sunday service is different. It gives us an opportunity to practice being the “priesthood of all believers” we are called to be, and to learn from one another; and is also especially good for families with children who want to invest their time in engaging their faith more than sitting quietly. (Dialogue church dates for 2018-2019: 9/30, 12/30, 3/31, 6/30, 9/29. 12/29.)
What is your denomination?
We belong to the Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest of all the Presbyterian denominations in our country. We trace our history back to the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century so our theology is called “the Reformed Tradition.” We are also called “a confessional church” because we draw on our heritage and affirm what we believe in worship. We are organized with a ruling board of elders, a minister (called a teaching elder) and deacons who care for the congregation. You can learn more about our denomination at www.pcusa.org.
Do I have to be Presbyterian to attend?
No. Those in our congregation come from a variety of traditions. You do not need to be a member to participate in almost all of the activities of the church. Classes are offered periodically for those interested in learning more about Presbyterianism or becoming members.
Do you offer Bible Studies or Sunday School?
Yes we offer spiritual development opportunities for all ages. This year, to encourage faith development at home as well as in church we are launching a congregation-wide Faith 5 practice involving sharing, Bible study, prayer, and blessing. In addition to the family Faith 5 studies, we offer classes and small group studies. Some meet Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m.; others are on week days or evenings. Check the Spiritual Development page, or contact the church office to find out the current offerings. We also have a book group for adults that meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in people’s homes.
For older elementary and tweens, in addition to Faith 5, we offer opportunities to learn about discipleship through child-chosen service projects, and to learn about the Bible and faith through art, performing skits/plays in worship, and being a part of the worship leadership team. Children over 7 are also given worksheets in worship to help them learn more from the service. We do not currently offer a Sunday morning Sunday school class for older kids because we have found they learn better at other times through other interactive, discipleship formation experiences, especially through Faith 5, multi-generational worship, and mission.
How can I meet people?
We like to support each other in the church. To encourage our knowing each other, we have a fellowship time with refreshments following every worship service, and after-church meals and events scattered throughout the year. We also have smaller fellowship groups, including men’s and women’s breakfast groups and our monthly book group.
Will I be welcomed if I am gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender or will I be publicly or secretly judged?
We believe all people are made in the image of God, straight and LGBT people. If you come to our church you will be welcomed and loved as you are. You do not need to pretend to be something you are not. You are allowed to serve in all the ministries of the church and to be married if that is your calling. We know you are beloved to God, and look forward to getting to know you and discovering your God-given gifts.