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.
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.
When do you worship?
Worship takes place on most Sundays at 10:30 AM. The service usually lasts about an hour or hour and fifteen minutes. It is a blended-style service with both traditional and contemporary elements woven together.
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.
We offer extra services during the holy seasons, and Wholeness Services about 3-4 times a year on Monday nights for those in need of prayer, anointing and community support.
All ages are welcome in worship. You do not have to dress up to attend. Some people come in suits and ties and dresses, some come in shorts and casual attire.
Do you offer Bible Studies or Sunday School?
We offer spiritual development opportunities for adults and teens before worship, as well as other programs on Sunday evenings or week nights at different times during the year.
We offer Sunday school for elementary age children during the worship service. They all start in worship and stay through a children’s time with the pastor, and then are dismissed to Sunday school.
Children under four are welcome in our nursery playroom. All children are also welcome in worship.
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.
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.