We follow the Revised Common Lectionary in our worship services at Peace. Scripture and messages share the story of God’s love in worship.
adult faith formation opportunitIES
Are you interested in forming a Bible Study or prayer group? Or a "Hi! Just want to catch up" group? We can help you facilitate that using zoom or other conferencing system until we can again meet in person. Contact Teresa in the office with questions or ideas.
DAILY BREAD ONLINE
Our Daily Bread is available online. Daily written devotions, short video devotions, reading plans and longer articles are all available to you at www.odb.org. Sign up for daily emails or browse and explore the resources.
Faith formation for all ages
New resource from the Virginia Synod:
PANDEMIC HOPE: A Family Devotional for Life During COVID-19
Built around "Faith 5", Pandemic Hope is a Devotional for families that focuses on the new realities we are all living in each day. It provides daily readings and activities for 8 weeks for you and everyone in your self-isolating household. To read and download this devotional, click here.
SPARK FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
New from your friends at Sparkhouse. Each week Sunday school curriculum developer Dr. Dawn Rundman and her family will host Family Sunday School. (click for the link)
Each free episode is a lectionary-based lesson that families can watch together. The Bible story, illustrations, and other content are based on Spark: Activate Faith Lectionary Sunday school lessons. Look for a new lesson every Tuesday for the following Sunday through Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020.
PENTECOST IN A BOX
From Building Faith, a ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary, comes Pentecost in a Box! This program, oriented for faith-at-home formation, uses simple objects to illuminate the story of Pentecost and seeks to deepen our understanding of the Holy Spirit. Families may enjoy these activities in one sitting or at their own pace.
Pentecost Sunday is May 31, 2020. Find all the materials and additional information by clicking here.
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.
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.
BUILDING PEACE, a monthly activity-based Christian education program for all ages. BUILDING PEACE generally meets on the second Sunday afternoon of each month and wraps up with a shared meal. Learn more here.
Adult Faith Formation Bible studies
TUESDAY MORNING WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
9 am - 11 am most Tuesdays
Currently meeting via Zoom. Contact the office to get connected.
SUNDAY EVENGING BIBLE STUDY
6 pm - 8 pm am most Sundays
Looking for something you don't see here? Let us know and we can help you start a new group. Contact 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.