We are informally formal, Christian, protestant in worship; and you wonder “what does all that mean?”
A journey into our Congregational Life and Worship …
Peace Church became a community partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI @ Clemson) in July 2017 which locates us at the Cheezem Education Center on Patrick Square. The setting allows our worship great flexibility for services and invites us to demonstrate our commitment to education as various Peace folks teach OLLI classes during the year.
You can expect a warm welcome every Sunday at 5:00 PM. The style of services throughout the month go like this:
- Three Sundays each month are traditional worship with liturgy.
- 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 an “Open Table” Communion, to which ALL are welcome–no matter age, gender identity, ethnicity, race, belief.
- One Sunday each month is our meal gathering with discussion. [Note: Nov 10 and Dec 22 will be our last Dinner Church dates for 2019.] 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.
- 5th Sundays we offer a Taizé type of worship.
- All other Sundays involve slightly less formal gatherings centering on a liturgy that includes scripture and a contemporary reading alongside a sermon and silent reflection as well as song and prayer.
Worship lasts about one hour (except Dinner Church Sunday which can go 1.5 hours), 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.
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.