What To Expect in Worship

Since visiting any church for the first time can be a little intimidating, we've put together the following information.  We hope it will answer your questions and reduce any anxiety that you may have about what to expect when you visit Prince of Peace.

Here are some of the common concerns we answer on this page:

Getting Situated
We will not make you stand up or embarrass you!
What should I wear?
What about the kids?
What about the offering?
Will I be able to follow along with the service?
Can I take Communion?   How does it work?

Getting Situated
You can check out our MAP for directions before you head out Sunday morning.  Once you get here you'll find plenty of parking, including spaces for visitors and the handicapped. The building is fully accessible with signs at specific locations to help you get around. When you enter the building from the front entrance the Worship Center is to the right; coffee and snacks in the Fellowship Hall to the left, and coat racks and restrooms straight ahead through the main hall.  Greeters and ushers will welcome you, give you a bulletin, and gladly answer any questions or help you if you need assistance.

We will not make you stand up or embarrass you!
We promise not to embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable. We will greet you with smiles and handshakes.  We'll respect that your relationship with the Lord is a personal matter, and that your attendance is not for our benefit but for yours. If you as a guest would like, please feel free to fill out one of our Connection Cards located on the back of each pew.  Just give us the information you feel comfortable sharing, and place the card in the offering plates as they are passed around. You can also directly hand the card to the pastor or one of the ushers as you leave.  Whether you are a growing believer or merely checking out our church, we hope you feel a fresh expression of God’s love.  

What should I wear?
God accepts us as we are - no matter who we are, what we do, or how we dress. We do not have a dress code. Worshipers at Prince of Peace wear anything from jeans and tee shirts, to slacks and golf shirts, to suits and ties. Please wear whatever you feel is most comfortable for you in this setting.

What about the kids?
We always welcome children but we also want parents to receive the greatest benefit from worship. Parents who would like assistance may entrust children (ages 0-4) to the care of our dedicated and loving nursery workers. Ask the ushers to direct you to the nursery located in the main hall, a short distance from the main entrance. The nursery is staffed during the 10:45am service on Sundays.

What about the offering?
At some point after the pastor's message , offering plates will be passed. This is an opportunity for our regular members to actively respond to all God has given them by freely offering their resources in support of his church. We certainly do not expect or require visitors to put anything in the offering plate, though you are welcome to do so if you choose.

Will I be able to follow along with the service?
If you're attending our 8:00 a.m. traditional worship service, everything you need in order to follow the service is in the printed bulletin. Hymns are found in the blue hymnals, called Lutheran Worship, located in each row.  If you're attending our 10:45 contemporary/blended service, you need only follow the order of service as it is projected on the screen at the front of the sanctuary.  There is a bulletin handed out in that service also with an outline of the worship service so you can see how the service is laid out.

Can I take Communion?   How does it work?
On the inside cover of each bulletin, the communion practice at Prince of Peace is explained for all of those visiting the church.  If you have any questions concerning Communion, please ask an usher or greeter to direct you to one of the Pastors or Elders serving that morning. If you will be partaking of Communion but are unable to walk to the front of the church, notify the usher and a server will bring it to you where you are seated.