What To Expect
Who is welcome at peace?
Whatever your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, background, economic situation, or level of ability, you are God’s beloved, welcome to fully participate in the life and ministries of this congregation. We affirm the sacred worth of all people and Christ’s example of unconditional love without exclusion.
What should I wear?
We want you to walk in and feel at home. So wear what makes you comfortable and able to focus on your time at Peace. Some of us dress up for worship, and others do not. You'll fit in no matter what you're wearing. We may not look impressive on the outside, but inside, you will find people who care deeply.
Where should I park?
There are no reserved parking spaces; park wherever you like.
Where should I sit?
There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit wherever you feel comfortable. We have armchairs for those with mobility challenges, and we're happy to make room for those who use wheelchairs or other personal mobility aids.
Where do my children go?
Children are cherished and welcomed at Peace. And again, we want you to feel comfortable, so you have choices.
There is a rocking chair in the narthex (lobby), where nursing moms can sit while still being able to see and hear worship. Families who wish to keep their infants and preschoolers with them in the worship service are supported and free to slip out as needed. Infants and preschoolers are also welcome in our nursery, where they are supervised by Damaris Luna, a child development specialist and co-director of Kids R Kids in Lakewood Ranch, and background-checked volunteers.
All children are invited to participate in Pastor Elizabeth's children's sermon, and preschoolers can then return to be with their family or be led to the childcare rooms for supervised play during the sermon.
Children are brought back to their parents for Communion each service. Grade school children are encouraged to stay with their families during worship.
We provide age-appropriate bags with coloring sheets, crayons, blank paper, and a little treat; they are available at the end of the children’s sermon. Children’s Bibles are also accessible on a bookcase nearby.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
No. If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by.
I have hearing/visual/mobility/dietary issues. Is there any special assistance?
For those who are hearing impaired, we have a hearing loop that should connect automatically to your hearing aids.
For those who are visually impaired, we project readings, prayers, and hymns on a large screen above the communion table.
For those with mobility issues, we will gladly accommodate walkers, wheelchairs, or any other equipment in the sanctuary and throughout the building. If you prefer to stay seated at Communion, servers will come to you.
For those with dietary issues, we offer a gluten-free wafer and juice at Communion, as well as snacks during Fellowship labeled with dietary information. After taking your gluten-free wafer from the Communion table, feel free to slip back in line to receive your blessing.
What is a Peace service like?
Ours is an intergenerational worship service that lasts 60-65 minutes. We include the best of tradition, believing that there is value in staying connected to the roots of our faith. Typically, the choir leads the congregation on hymns accompanied by organ, piano, guitar, and occasionally other instruments as well.
We also include many modern elements of worship, believing that the church is always reforming to speak clearly to the current generation. At a Peace service, we pray together, we read Scripture together, we sing together. There are many participatory parts of our service. We also celebrate Communion every week using grape juice and homemade bread, baked in our sanctuary. Anyone at any age who seeks Christ is welcome to receive at the communion table.
It's not our communion table - it's Christ's. And it's open to all who seek to respond to Christ's love.