We are informally formal, Christian, protestant in worship; and you wonder “what does all that mean?”
A journey into a typical service…
Peace Church became a community partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI @ Clemson) in July 2017 with locates us at the Cheezem Education Center on Patrick Square. The setting allows our worship great flexibility within the following schedule:
- 1st Sunday – The gathering may well be the most formal. The language of “worship” along with the corresponding message and music, lifts up inclusive language, progressive faith, emphasizes social justice. Each gathering includes the celebration of Communion, to which ALL are welcome–no matter age, gender identity, ethnicity, race, belief.
- 2nd, 4th (and 5th) Sundays – The slightly less formal gatherings center on a liturgy that includes scripture and a contemporary reading alongside a sermon and silent reflection as well as song and prayer.
- 3rd Sunday, Savor the Sacred: The gathering focuses on sharing a meal, part of which is created in the OLLI kitchen. At the heart of each meal will be one dish related with the theme for the day. Those who gather are invited to bring a dish to share. Those who have specific dietary concerns are encouraged to make sure that the dish they share meets their own needs. Expect this gathering to be a bit longer than other weeks.
Worship lasts about one hour (exception–Savor the Sacred), beginning at 5:00 PM every Sunday evening.
When we talk about the God, Jesus, and the Bible it is liberal and progressive.
We are intentional about taking time to hear people’s concerns and pray about them.
On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion with an “Open Table”. This means that anyone, and we mean anyone, is welcome.
As a church and denomination, we generally practice infant baptism (a welcoming into the family of God) but respect the right of individuals to choose no baptism or to wait for a later date for a believer’s baptism. If already baptized there is no need to be re-baptized.