Everything You Need to Know to Feel at Home
This is My First visit, Should I be Nervous?
We hope that the information below will help to answer any questions you may have about what to expect when visiting Peace, and that it will reduce any anxiety you may may have. We want you to relax and enjoy your worship experience with us. We will never embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable.
How Do I Find You?
We are located in the heart of Waldorf, in the community of St. Charles. We are situated on Smallwood Drive just past a small shopping center featuring a 7-11 and a Dominoes Pizza Shop. Our address is 11610 Rubina Place, Waldorf, MD 20602. We have plenty of parking including handicap spaces, and our church is fully wheelchair-accessible. Need more detailed directions Just contact the church office at 301-843-1832.
When Should I Come?
We offer two services on Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. - both are traditional services with special music and Holy Communion. Sunday School Classes for all ages are offered from September through May from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. When you arrive you will find Greeters and Ushers in the lobby of the church who will gladly answer any questions you may have, and help you to get situated. There is a Visitor's Guest Register in the lobby which we hope you will take a moment to complete. We also encourage you to pick up a Visitor's Packet of information which you find near the Guest Register.
What Should I Wear?
Worship is about spending time with the Lord, not so much worrying about your wardrobe. Peace welcomes all who come to worship and we have no dress code. Worshippers at Peace wear anything from jeans to suits. Your attendance is what matters most to our Lord. So dress in a way that is comfortable for you.
How Does Worship Work?
Whether you are a long-time Lutheran, come from another tradition, or are perhaps making your first visit, there is no need to worry. Our services are simple to understand and easy to follow. Everything you need to know is printed in the weekly bulletin which you will receive as you enter the Sanctuary. The Minister, Assisting Ministers, Lectors and Cantors will guide you every step of the way. If our style of worship is new to you, feel free to sing along or just listen and observe. Worship is not so much about "doing" for God as it is about "being" with God. We gather to give thanks. It not a contest, so please be patient with yourself if parts are unfamiliar.
What About Children?
No need to worry. At Peace we understand children. They are an important part of the Peace family. If you prefer, we have a full nursery available (with a window into the Sanctuary) providing child care for infants and toddlers. Each Sunday children are invited to come forward for a short children's sermon after which they have an opportunity to go to a special children's time during the adult sermon. Glass and speakers in the nursery and the lobby (Narthex) allow you to see and listen to the service even if you need to take your child our of the Sanctuary.
Will I Be Expected to Make an Offering?
No. Members of Peace commit themselves to "God's work - Our hands." We respond to God's gracious providing and support the work of our Lord through our contributions. If you are new to Peace, please com to worship as our guest. During each service, offering plates are passed, but we do not expect or require visitors to contribute. Feel free to let this time in God's presence be our gift to you.
May I Take Communion?
Perhaps the best summary of God's Good News in Christ is "hospitality." If you are hungry and thirsty for God's love and direction for your life, you are welcome at God's table. All followers of Jesus are welcome at Holy Communion. If you (and/or your children) have received Holy Communion in another church, you are welcome to participate here. If it's new to you, our Pastor or an assisting minister would be happy to talk with you about it before or after worship. To receive Communion at the altar, come forward by the center aisle (the ushers give directions), take a small glass from the trays at the front, and extend your open hands, palm upward (so the minister knows you are communing). A piece of bread or a wafer - "The Body of Christ, given for you" - will be placed in your hand. Then wine, (or grape juice) is given with the words "The Blood of Christ, shed for you." Those who do not wish to commune are invited to come forward to receive a blessing.