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. We project our service on large screens in front and have assistive listening systems available. We have a Wiggle Room for parents and active children if you so desire, but children are welcome and encouraged to join us in worship.  Children’s Sermons are part of our Worship experience.
Fellowship Hour 10:15: a.m.
Parish Education 10:30 a.m. (Sept. – May)

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

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

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Welcome

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. Prayer partners are available immediately after each service. Attire is casual.

Celebrate Christianity around the world during our Global Worship Services on 12 Sundays per year. Our projection system allows you to worship freely and fully enjoy your worship experience.

Getting to Know You
During Fellowship Time at 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.

You can reach out by emailing youth@GraceandPeaceLutheran.org  for more information on our Sunday School program.

Kid-Friendly Church Service:

We have coloring pages & crayons at the back of the sanctuary next to the Wiggle Room.  Our Wiggle Room is also available for families to use as they need/want during service. Pastor Beenken, often assisted by Nathan Johnson, delivers a wonderful and fun children’s sermon, featuring Puppets: Minerva the Owl & Sofie the Dragon. We welcome your family to our church. Contact Pastor Mary Beenken with any questions about our Church Service: pastor@GraceandPeaceLutheran.org

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Ministries

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

We encourage everyone to get involved with any ministries that interest them.

Christian Education & Youth – Helps to select curriculum, topics, and programs for the congregation and 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 select projects where Grace and Peace can be involved in the community and support the efforts of other organizations that reflect our Christian values. In addition, special congregational events have been 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 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 encourage existing members of the congregation to devote their time and talents to make our church as productive as it can be.

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 women’s circles and a Bible Study that meets on their own. Our quilters work year-round and also assemble layettes, school kits, personal hygiene kits, and seasonal items for Lutheran World Relief. We also have a group for Widows/Widowers and a Fifties Plus fellowship.

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Education

Sunday School:

Our Sunday School meets following service between September & May. Service starts at 9:00 am, with Coffee Hour starting at 10:15 and Sunday School at 10:30 am. All ages 3+ are welcome to attend Sunday School with us, kids love our Whirl Classroom curriculum, featuring a short cartoon, lesson from our workbooks, and discussion. We often do crafts or music with kids as well.

We often have fun- theme coffee hours around holidays for the kids and we have a youth Christmas Program during Christmas Service.

We invite you to church any Sunday at 9:00 am!

Confirmation Class (Grades 7-8)
Confirmation class is for 7th-8th grade youth. 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 that culminates with the youth becoming official members of the congregation. They learn about the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion, what it means to be a Christian, and they learn the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer, Ten Commandments, and the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.

Bible Studies
Men:  Every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m., led by Pastor.
Women: Various studies are ongoing within the various Women’s groups.

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 Mary can help you determine which group is the best fit for you.

Youth Program
We have outside activities regularly scheduled for our youth. Activities vary from month to month. They include Bible-based learning activities, philanthropic & service projects, crafts & special projects, and family entertainment events. See our Facebook page or the Calendar & What’s Happening page for upcoming opportunities for fellowship, worship, and learning.

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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. Grace and Peace Lutheran Church has a rich history. It is the blending of two congregations – one a mission church 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 you 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.