ministries

CHILDREN

APOW

“At Peace on Wednesdays”

Wednesdays 3:15-4:30PM

Every week, students from the elementary school make their way to APOW (At Peace on Wednesdays) to enjoy snacks, music and biblical teaching on their level. Wednesdays at Peace Church; just one block south of Prairie View Elementary in New Salem. This program is open to all students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.


YOUTH

CIA

“Christians in Action”

The Christians In Action (CIA) Youth Group is a Peace Church community youth group open to grades 7-12 in the New Salem area. We welcome all to come learn more about Jesus and how to live your life by His example.

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Mission Statement:

“LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN US BY OUR ACTIONS, WORDS AND DEEDS”


ADULTS

JOY Women’s Ministry

“Jesus, Others, Yourself”

2nd Thursday of Each Month @ 6:30PM

J .O.Y. Fellowship was organized April 5"', 1994. The name J .O.Y. was chosen as we are to put Jesus first in our lives, Others second and Ourselves (you) last. Our goals are to provide fellowship and fun to the Women of Peace Church and an atmosphere of cooperation and Christian love with our sister organization, Women's Guild. We strive to serve the Lord through the work and outreach of our Church.

We begin our year in January with our annual potluck holiday meal and gift exchange. This is when our Secret Prayer Sister is revealed and a new name drawn for the next year for those who choose to do so. We also have our election of officers.

In February we do some sort of Valentine treats for residents of Elm Crest Manor, the assisted living apartments and shut-ins in our community.

During the Spring season we share serving refreshments for Wednesday night Lenten Services with Women's Guild. We assist the Council and decoration committee for the Easter Breakfast, sometimes supplying candy. Along with Women's Guild we purchase Mothers' Day gifts for the Church and Elm Crest Manor. We honor our graduates with a small gift each year. We also provide corsages and boutonnieres for our Confirmands.

Summer season begins with a potluck picnic/meeting usually in June. Along with Women's Guild we purchase gifts for the men for Father's Day. We provide coffee and goodies after Church one month during the Summer. We take turns with Women's Guild hosting a Mother Daughter Tea every couple years. In August we host a Teachers' Luncheon to welcome back all the teachers and support staff of New Salem Almont schools.

Fall season begins with planning our annual Potluck Family Thanksgiving Dinner. Womens' Guild purchases the turkeys and J .O.Y. members cook them along with trimmings. For our December meeting we have been attending a dinner theater Christmas Pageant in Bismarck. We supply cookies for the annual Holiday Open House at Tracy's Sanctuary in Bismarck.

We also support many varied Missions- Child Evangelism, Campus Crusade, Teen Challenge and any within out Peace Church Family. We have an adopted Grandmother and Grandfather at Elm Crest Manor that we honor on their birthdays and Christmas.

We meet on the second Thursday evening at 6:30 with prayer and Bible Study or lesson. We welcome new members and new ideas or suggestions anytime.


Women’s Guild

1st Wednesday of Each Month @ 1:30PM Elm Crest Manor

The purpose of the Guild is to unite all the women of the congregation to promote the total program of the local church and to carry out the purpose of the women's work of the Peace Church which is: "to unite all the women of the church in Christian fellowship; and with divine help and guidance, to develop an understanding of the work of the entire church, deepen spiritual life, stimulate sacrificial giving and promote Christian service in the home, the local church, the community, the nation and the world."

Peace Women's Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall at Peace Church. We have Christian devotions which includes prayer, song, scripture, readings, and Bible Study. Then we hold our business meeting where we pray for people, give Guild reports, make plans of activities, and decide where donations are to be given. We close with singing the Table Prayer and a light lunch.

Some of the activities of the Women's Guild are: serving for funerals, baking cookies for shut-ins at Christmas, exchanging names for Prayer Sisters for the year, taking valentines to the residents at Elm Crest Manor, sending greeting cards and thinking of you cards, having a Guest Day when we have a speaker and invite the community, joining with other churches for World Day Of Prayer, joining with the JOY Fellowship to serve snacks for our Lenten DVD programs, buying gifts for Mother's and Father's day, and buying turkeys for the Family Thanksgiving diner.

LOCAL & GLOBAL MISSIONS: Anchor Christian Counseling, Abused Adult Resource Center, Manchester House, Ronald McDonald House, Ruth Meier's Hospitality House, Campus Crusade, Teen Challenge, Anne Carlson Home, Friendship International, Trans World Radio, Charles Hall Home, N.D. State Hospital, and the Blanket Fund.


ALL AGES

Handbells

Practice: 6:30AM

Our handbells ministry provides a special musical addition to Sunday Worship Services and membership is open to all ages. Contact the church office for more information.


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MUSIC

There are many active musical organizations and opportunities at the Peace Church. The Sanctuary choir, Sanctuary hand bell choir, and Sunday School Youth music groups are regular parts of the Sunday worship experience.

The Sanctuary choir sings for worship service each week from September through June. The choir has more than 20 members and sings a variety of musical anthems including contemporary, gospel, traditional, and standard hymns. Practices are held on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings before the worship service begins. The Sanctuary choir provides special music at Christmas (a cantata or concert is performed), church holidays, and for various church events. The Peace Choir often sings for community services and provides a concert yearly for the Elm Crest Manor residents in New Salem. The choir has a director and accompanist. Background music and percussion supplements are also used to enhance the anthems. People of all ages sing in the choir, and new members are always welcome. 

The Peace Hand bell choir practices weekly and plays for church worship services approximately once a month. The hand bells also perform for holiday worship services, the Christmas concert, community events, and provide a concert for the residents at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem. The hand bell choir has a director. The hand bell season runs the same time the Sanctuary choir season is in session. The door is always open for new members. People with musical talents are welcome to play or sing special music in the months of June, July and August to enhance summer worship services. Additional talent is welcome year round and music opportunities are provided regularly.

The Peace Children's Sunday School music is divided into two groups. Preschool and primary grades comprise one sector and intermediate students through grade 7 sing in the second children's group. Instruments such as hand bells, boomwhackers, and percussion instruments are commonly used with the intermediate grades. A Christmas program is performed by the students during a December worship service. Students do special music once or twice a month during regular worship services while the Sunday school is in session. Music is encouraged each week during Sunday school with emphasis on service music before the children participate in the worship. An end of the school year celebration is provided in May as well as music for all ages during the summer Vacation Bible School program.

There are many active music organizations and opportunities at Peace Church for all ages. Contact the church office or music director anytime with questions or for more information.