Connect with others, and develop a sense of family. Whether you were born and raised in church or this is your first time to attend, you will find here a welcoming spirit and a sense of the presence of God.
We are a medium sized congregation with enough people to offer a wide variety of programs for all ages, yet not so large that individuals get lost in the crowd. We offer a variety of ways to connect, whether through social service or simple fellowship.
Our pastors and staff are here to help you find a home at Prince of Peace.
We LOVE to help others!
Prince of Peace is a worship community of action. We are out in the world feeding the hungry, caring for those who hurt, and celebrating God's love.
Find out more about our Social Service Ministries.
Children in worship
Sometimes it is nerve-wracking to be a parent with small children. RELAX!
Your children, with their wiggles, propensity to climb things they shouldn't, and inability to speak quietly, are welcome here too! In fact, we LOVE having the noises of children in church. After all, they are the future.
We offer a staffed nursery during both Sunday worship services for those parents who will get more peace from some quiet time for themselves. Just ask an usher and they will direct you.
If you prefer to keep your children with you (after all, mimicking your behavior is how they learn), wonderful! When they need a break or a snack in the middle of the service there is a Joy room at the rear of the Sanctuary with toys and comfortable chairs. Speakers are located in the room so you can still participate in worship.
School Aged Children
Children are always welcome in worship. They may even be "put to work" lighting candles, monitoring the sound board, ushering, or serving communion.
Learn more about our ministries for Children & Youth
More than Sundays in the church building
We are not a Sunday-only congregation. You can find people on the beautiful church grounds nearly 7 days a week. Additionally, there are many different groups going on both at the church and all over the valley all the time. They may include a camping trip or a sports team, a trip to a haunted house or delivering sandwiches to homeless in San Jose. No matter what your interests, you're likely to find a way to connect with people.
We don't take ourselves too seriously...
Church should be a place of love, not judgement. While we use traditional Lutheran theology, that just means we are open to discussion and re-evaluation. It also means that we are all humans, imperfect, and prone to making mistakes. We still look for joy and laughter and practice forgiveness.
While our worship has "structure" it also has room to try new things. From Bible lessons in Dr. Seuss-style rhyme, to traditional hymns played to polka music, we are willing to try something different from time to time.
Our facilities are a warm and comforting place to be in times of joy and sorrow. Prince of Peace is this way because of the army of volunteers that make it so. There are a variety of ways to participate in our day-to-day and week-to-week operations. We also understand that "life happens" and sometimes you will need to come without any more being asked of you. We are OK with that too.
Affiliated with the ELCA
Prince of Peace is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Learn more about the ELCA and check out the ELCA magazine LivingLutheran.
In the Sierra Pacific Synod
Congregations are individual churches. Prince of Peace is one congregation. Synods are regional groups of ELCA congregations. Synods unite the work of congregations within their areas, serve as regional support, and guide pastoral and other staff candidates.
Synods support, connect and guide the leaders and ministries of congregations, working together to achieve things on a scale and scope that we could never do otherwise. Find out more about the Sierra Pacific Synod.