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 Fall Bible studies
Tuesday mornings at 9:
The Tuesday women's study group will be doing a 10-week study on The Parables of Jesus (a Crossways study with Harry Wendt on DVD), and then heading right into a 4-week Advent study (also with Harry Wendt) before Christmas! This study begins Tuesday, September 11 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. New women are especially welcome to join us!
Sunday evenings at 6:
Calling all the men and people unable to make the Tuesday study: we have another time for you! Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 we're doing the same Parables and Advent studies. We'll begin Sunday, September 16.
The cost for both of the above studies is $23; the Parables study alone is $13; Advent alone is $11. Don't let the cost hold you back because we have a scholarship fund. Contact Katy Wessel for more information on these studies or join us on September 11 or 16.
Wednesdays at 11 am:
Join Pastor Lauren each Wednesday at 11 am starting September 12 for a study of the week's Lectionary (preaching) texts. We'll meet in the Resource Room for a time of conversation, study and reflection in preparation for the week's readings and sermon. Please join us for one or all of these gatherings!
An innovative, art-based, intergenerational faith formation activity
focused on an understanding of Biblical peace.
The next gathering is Sunday, October 14, 4 - 6 pm
AFRICAN DRUMMING with WHIT WHITMAN
Join us on the second Sunday of each month for a meal, fellowship, and learning.
A few images from "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 Pastor Lauren, 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.