A closer walk with God through spirituality, evangelism, and community involvement is our mission and our vision. If you are looking for a church in or around the Peoria area where you can feel at home we invite you to experience God’s grace and peace here, where you are always welcome.

Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. |  Fellowship Hour 10:15: a.m.
Parish Education 10:30 a.m. (Sept. – May)

7611 N. Knoxville Avenue  |  Peoria, Illinois 61614  |  309.693.8428

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Worship Services For Everyone
Our Sunday worship service begins at 9:00 A.M. Our Pastor and our lay ministers lead us in worship that includes music and liturgy from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymnals, choir anthems, scripture, a children’s sermon, and a message. We observe the sacrament of Holy Communion weekly (except on the fifth Sunday of the month). A healing station is available on the last Sunday of each month.

Celebrate Christianity around the world during our Global Worship Services held two Sunday’s a month. Our projection system allows you to worship freely and fully enjoy your worship experience.

Getting to Know You
During Fellowship Time 10:15 a.m., our congregation’s groups and families meet with members and visitors in our fellowship area to enjoy conversation and a variety of refreshments.

A Closer Walk with God
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday, various education classes are offered for children age 3 through adults. Included are youth education classes and confirmation classes. A variety of adult education classes focusing on current events, stewardship, and purposeful living are offered throughout the year.
Click here for more information on our Sunday School program

Kids are Welcome
A staffed nursery is available upon request during worship for infants through four-year-olds. The nursery is equipped with a diaper changing table in a private bathroom, napping crib, rocking chair, books, toys, crayons, and play areas. A cry room is also available at the rear of the church.

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At Grace and Peace Lutheran, there are many opportunities to get involved. We have multiple ministry experiences to choose from – these ministries help to bring many special opportunities to our congregation.

We encourage everyone to get involved with a ministry that interests them.

Christian Education & Youth – Helps to select curriculum and topics and programs for the congregation as well as offers assistance and support for the entire Christian education program. Additionally, this ministry helps provide a vibrant youth program that extends beyond Sunday education.

Community Action & Nurture – Researches and helps to select projects that Grace and Peace can be involved in the community and support the efforts of other organizations that are in keeping with our Christian values. In addition, special congregational events are selected that nurture our entire congregation.

Evangelism – Evangelism exists at Grace and Peace to help everyday people take one step closer to Jesus.

Finance – Oversees and manages the budget and cash flow for the church.

Long Range Planning –Helps to identify and monitor the vision of the congregation.

Property – Responsible for and maintains the physical property of Grace and Peace church.

Stewardship – Encourages new members to join in service with other congregation members and also acts to stir up and encourage existing members of the congregation to devote their time and talents to making our church as productive as it can.

Worship and Music – Responsible for all aspects of the worship service and also oversees and trains all volunteer members that participate in the service.

Women of Grace and Peace – A strong women’s ministry thrives at Grace and Peace. WOGAP champions multiple service projects in the community as well as the Northern Conference, sponsors and hosts a variety of programs in our church, and supports three women’s circles that meet on their own:  Miriam Circle — Woman to Woman — Rebecca Circle

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Sunday Education Hour
10:45 – 11:45 am
September – May
Age 3 – Adults

Youth Education Classes are offered for children ages 3 – HS.

Ages 3 – 5th Grade:  Various Teachers (rotation)
Grades 6th – HS:  Inter-Generational
Confirmation:  Pastor
Music:  Nan Goff & Richard Popp
Adult:  Various Lectors

Confirmation Class (Grades 7-8)
Confirmation class is for all youth 7th-8th grades. Confirmation classes prepare children to become young Christians through the teaching of what it means to be Lutheran and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. These classes are structured learning which culminates with their becoming official members of the congregation. They learn about the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion, what it means to be a Christian, and the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer, Ten Commandments, Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.

Bible Studies
Men:  Every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m., led by Pastor Lillie.

Adult Education Opportunities
ABIDE: A year-long independent study of the Bible. Please see a member of the Evangelism team for details or to sign up.
Small Groups:  All members are encouraged to participate in small group Bible study. Pastor Lillie can help you determine which group is the best fit for you.

Youth Program
We have 1-2 outside activities scheduled for our youth each month. Activities vary from month to month but include bible based learning activities, philanthropic and service projects, crafts and special projects, and family entertainment events. See Events Page for upcoming events and projects.

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About Us

Grace and Peace is a growing, faith-filled congregation with a strong presence in the north end of Peoria. Despite its young age, Grace and Peace Lutheran Church has a rich history. It is the blending of two congregations – one a mission and one a long-established congregation. The blending of these two unique perspectives to God’s work and ministry created the Grace and Peace congregation that moved into the current facility in 1994.

Peace Lutheran Church was a mission church formed in 1981, formerly located at Big Hollow Road and War Memorial Drive. This mission project was started by two Lutheran churches in Peoria – First English and Zion.

Grace Lutheran Church was founded in 1913, with formal Articles of Incorporation filed in 1914. Services began at the YWCA facility, soon moving to a church building at Illinois and Dechman in 1916. The growing congregation moved to a new church facility on Arcadia Street in the late 1950’s.

The two congregations merged, built a new facility, and dedicated that facility in 1994.

We welcome everyone to join us in Sunday worship, whether you are just visiting Peoria or are looking for a church home.

What Lutherans Believe
Lutherans hold to the following basic principles of theology and practice written by Martin Luther:

We are saved by the grace of God alone – not by anything we do.
Through faith alone, we receive this salvation by believing in Christ and that our sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake who died to redeem us.
The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and life – the only true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.
To learn more about Martin Luther, what Lutherans believe, or the history of our Lutheran affiliation (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), please visit the ELCA website.