We follow the Narrative Lectionary in our worship services here at Peace. Scripture and messages share the story of God’s love in worship.
FAITH FORMATION CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Sunday School for God's children of all ages
(Preschool through Adult) is ongoing during our program year. There are opportunities for everyone of every age
to learn and grow in faith!
For our youngest, nursery care is available during worship every Sunday.
A special children’s time during both worship services: Preschool and early elementary students start in worship, then depart for age-appropriate discussion and activities while the adults hear the sermon. The children will return for communion and the remainder of the service.
seeds of faith - children's time during worship
Sign up to lead our children's time program during worship! To aid our teachers and leaders we have purchased an easy-to-follow curriculum. You are welcome to follow it completely or use it as a starting point.
Don't be hesitant to try this. There is a lot of support and the perqs include adorable children with fabulous hugs! Sign up for a week or two by clicking here. Questions? Ask Vicar Melissa.
Fun and Learning Groups for our Fourth and Fifth Graders, Middle Schoolers, Confirmation students, and High School Youth: Each group meets during the week for service activities, meals, games, learning and fellowship during the program year. Many youth also participate in summer mission trips and Virginia ELCA Synod sponsored weekends designed just for them. Contact Jennie Carter, Director of Youth Ministry for more information, or visit our Youth Ministry Page.
Opportunities for adult/family fellowship after worship: Throughout Sunday morning there will be opportunities for small group gatherings (brunch, anyone?) to discuss the day's scripture or to simply gather for fellowship. Discussion questions will be provided or you can let the discussion take you where it will. Weekday and evening Bible and book studies are held at various times during the week and all are welcome to join. Monthly Post-Worship Brunch Group is forming now! Contact Vicar Melissa to join or ask questions.
CREATE: PEACE, a monthly arts-based Christian education program modeled on our popular Vacation Bible School series. CREATE:PEACE meets on the second Sunday afternoon of each month. (see below)
Adult Faith Formation Bible studies
A Lenten Sunday evening Bible study began Sunday, February 24, at 6:00. This seven week study will utilize the book, The Kingdom and the Cross by James Bryan Smith.
We believe a lot of false narratives about the nature of God, things like "God helps those who help themselves"; "God blesses the righteous"; "God might not be out for your good, and you might be missing something."
Pastor and professor James Bryan Smith, author of the Apprentice Series, points us to the truth of who God is, revealed by Jesus: A God who loves to help the helpless. A God who doesn't play favorites, whether righteous or unrighteous. A God who is, in his essence, self-sacrificing—even to death—to save a people he loves. In six short chapters, The Kingdom and the Cross zooms in on Christ's work on the cross and what it all means about who God is and how we're to live as his people. A soul training exercise is included for each chapter to help the new true narrative take root in our hearts. Understanding Christ's work on the cross is crucial for any apprentice of Jesus. The study will help you see—and believe—more fully, that you might live more faithfully in His kingdom.
On March 17 we will meet from 4 - 6pm so members can attend the Homestead Collective Concert at Peace that evening.
Please contact Christie Ridenhour (770-331-0246; Christie.email@example.com ) for questions and to order your book.
Tuesday morning Women's Bible study (from 9-11am) will continue meeting. We are finishing up our previous study, then on Tuesday, January 22, we will be using an ELCA resource based on the Common Lectionary. This doesn't require any homework, and will be perfect for the iffy weather that comes during these months. For Lent (we will begin March 5) we will be doing the same Lenten reflective study as the Sunday night froup (see above). It will end on April 16. Katy Wessel leads this group.
JOIN US! We welcome new members and your participation!
An innovative, art-based, intergenerational faith formation activity
focused on an understanding of Biblical peace.
Our next gathering is February 24, 4-6pm
"SPREAD THE LOVE"
Plan to join us and bring your friends on your day off from school and work.
Create:Peace is appropriate for all ages and open to everyone.
A few images from Create: Peace "woven together" in september
Looking for something you don't see here? Let us know and we can help you start a new group. Contact Vicar Melissa or the church office.
Confirmation is not the beginning or the end of the faith journey. Confirmation is about preparing one's heart and making disciples.
Peace Lutheran's confirmation class will be held twice a month (as part of the youth group) on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm using the Colaborate Lutheran Confirmation curriculum from Spark House. Colaborate allows the youth to wrestle with the tension of Biblical truths and where/how to apply to their daily living. It gives each youth the space to start thinking about what they believe and why they believe it, providing the tools and language they need to do so. Each class starts with framing the problem, video, infographics and utilizes physical activity, while building lasting and caring relationships at church. Our goal is to take the knowledge of the faith from the head to the heart where Christ can dwell, sustaining the students through the highs and lows of life. This will be done in a large/small group rhythm, and is designed to be relevant to the lives of today’s teens.
Our large group time includes skits, games, and Bible time, along with the Pastor’s/Leader's teaching. (And a few creative interruptions to keep the kids guessing!) Large group time closes with a quiet wrap-up of the theme and a prayer/imagination journey.
Following large group time, small groups (a handful of kids each with an adult mentor) spread out in the church. They share their highs and lows of the previous week, and talk about what they heard in large group via discussion questions. These questions allow students to grapple with how the theme applies in their daily lives. For more information about our Confirmation program, contact Jennie Carter.
Youth Groups: Fourth/Fifth Graders, Middle School and Senior Highs meet regularly for fellowship, meals and faith formation through fun, conversation, and service. Opportunities to meet with Lutheran youth in our synod (Virginia) and nation are available each year, as is an annual youth mission trip. See more about our vibrant youth program on our Youth Ministry Page.