You are Welcome at Peace Church
We are a diverse congregation. Young and old, single and married, liberal and conservative-all are welcome at Peace United Church of Christ (UCC).
The UCC style emphasizes openness to new ideas, intellectual integrity, and acceptance of diversity. We believe that Christianity is not simply a doctrine to be accepted, but a life to be lived, a faith to be expressed and celebrated. In keeping with these, Peace Church is dedicated to the pursuit of social justice, reaching out to persons in need.
• Do you want a church community that is open to all who wish to come together to worship God?
• Do you seek to be a follower of Jesus and live out his teachings of justice and grace?
• Do you take the Bible seriously, but not always literally?
• Are you looking for meaningful ways to serve God and others in the church, community, and world?
• Would you like a church where kids and youth are a visible and vital part of the community?
• Do you believe God is still speaking?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, Peace may be a good fit for you!
What to expect at Peace
Wear what you want and sit where you like. If you have any questions at all, you can speak to one of the ushers, who are indicated by name tags.
We strive to create an environment that is accessible to as many people as possible. Worship services typically have an ASL interpreter, and other accessibility info.
Everyone is welcome to take communion. Communion is served every Sunday at the 8:30 service and on the first Sunday of month at the 10:30 service. We use grape juice and offer a gluten-free bread alternative for those with sensitivities.
We have two nurseries, providing care for newborn to 5 year old children. Our nurseries are staffed by a paid nursery care provider and church volunteers. Care is provided from 8:30-11:30 am every Sunday.
Peace Church has exceptionally eclectic music during the worship services, from choirs to rock bands to brass quartets. The hymnals use inclusive and expansive language and reflect a diversity of Christian traditions.
Children of all ages are welcome in the worship service, where there is a dedicated children’s time. Activity books and bags can be found on the table in the narthex.
Every Sunday there is a coffee hour where we hope you will join us for cookies and coffee. The coffee hour is usually after the 10:30 service, except during the summer (June through August) when it is held at 9:30 between the services.
Our vision is to be an accessible, open and affirming community growing in Christian faith, committed to peace and justice, and reaching out in healing love to all of creation, including all people, respecting and valuing the diversity of people’s sexual orientation, race, culture, gender, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
We offer a series of two Inquirer’s Classes 3 times a year. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our local congregation as well as the UCC denomination. It’s a good time to meet others who worship here, ask questions, and see where you might fit in with all that goes on here at Peace Church.
Here’s some of what is covered in the classes.
The UCC and Peace—an overview of our roots and beliefs told in video, booklet, and discussion.
The grand tour—from the Sanctuary to the “tunnel” to the day care facility, with stops in between to hear about the library and the prairie garden.
Peace today—our mission statement and long range planning process, teams and committees, volunteer ministry, and pledge forms.