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We offer several opportunities for getting together with those who share similar interests, family settings, age and place in life. Please browse through this list to learn more about some of the Small Group Ministries and activities we offer and how you can get involved in our ministry life. Know that you are welcome to join us during these times of fellowship and learning.   We minister to all, not just our members!


CHILDREN - Newborn – 5th Grade

Pre-School Program

The Creative Learning Center Preschool has been housed in Prince of Peace for over 35 years. It is a structured early childhood program for ages 3-5. The Preschool offers age appropriate developmental activities and hands-on learning experiences in a loving, Christian atmosphere.

Nursery

Prince of Peace encourages family worship, but we are also aware that there are times when the worship center isn’t the best place to be with a wiggly or unsettled child. A nursery is available for use anytime during our services. The nursery is wired with sound so you can still participate in worship.

Cradle Roll

The Cradle Roll is one way our church ministers to our youngest members and their families. The parents of newborns receive quarterly newsletters for the first three years of the child’s life.

Sunday Church School

We offer classes for ages three to adult, which meet each Sunday from September through May. Special highlights include the Christmas Program in December and Vacation Bible School in the summer.

Vacation Bible School

Each summer we offer a fun VBS for children ages 3 through 6th grade.  In the past few years, our Vacation Bible School has been combined with several other Freeport congregations (Lutheran and other denominations). Combining this event with other congregations gives us the unique opportunity to provide a diverse and rich atmosphere of learning, socializing and teaching of God's Word.


CONFIRMATION PROGRAM

Confirmation Classes

Grades 6-8 receive basic confirmation instruction during the Sunday School hour.

Confirmation Camp – LOMC

Each year the seventh graders attend a week-long retreat at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center in Oregon.


ADULTS

Adopt-a-Highway Program

As stewards of God’s creation, Prince of Peace is ‘parent’ to a mile of Illinois Route 26 south of Freeport.  We serve the community and God’s creation by picking up litter four times each year.

Adult Forum

Each Sunday during the Sunday School year, an opportunity for adults to gather for bible-based study is provided. The hour is typically led by a fellow member and occasionally outside speakers are highlighted.

The Book Club

This casual group gets together to discuss assigned books and enjoy fellowship. Schedules and book assignments are posted in the Herald of Peace newsletter.

Brown Bag Bible Studies

Join us over your lunch break every Thursday from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Different study series are discussed and typically those participating are required to purchase study materials.

Fellowship Fridays

Fellowship Fridays are held in the Felowship Hall each month. (Generallly on the fourth Friday.) All are welcome for a time of conversation and fellowship beginning at 11:00 a.m. The meal is served at 11:45. If you need a ride, you may contact Joy Wirth at 815-297-2545.

Men’s Breakfast

The men meet at The Big Apple Restaurant the first Friday of each month at 7:30 a.m. for coffee and fellowship.

Mug the Staff Coffee Hour

Come for coffee each Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Some bring their own coffee mug in an effort to save on disposable cups.  It is a casual time for fellowship and sharing.

Out to Lunch Group

This group, usually ten to twenty people, meets for lunch at various area restaurants at noon on the second Monday of each month. 

Second Sundays @Six

Participants gather on the Second Sunday of each month to discuss the current month's scripture readings. We meet at 6:00 in the Conference Room. Scripture reveals new things to us all the time. For more information contact Julie Lee at 232-4911 or julie.lee.pop@gmail.com.

Small Group Suppers

A casual, come-as-you-are, small group program for adults who gather together monthly for supper in different locations (typically someone’s home) during the fall and winter months.

Women’s Breakfast

The women meet for breakfast on the second friday of each month at the Country Junction Restaurant in Freeport at 7:30 a.m.

Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

WELCA is for all women of Prince of Peace. There are several opportunities for fellowship and Bible study through our two sub-groups, The Seekers and After Hours.  The women partake in many activities throughout the year as well as host events for our members.  The Seekers meet the second Wednesday of each month at 9:45 a.m. at the church.  After hours group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.  Meeting location for the After Hours group varies from month to month.

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