If you’ve ever been to Peace, you know we’ve been blessed with a beautiful place to worship. Our sanctuary sits on over 8 acres of wooded land, and includes a prayer path, a prayer garden, a play area and a picnic shelter. Given the concerns with COVID-19, we have moved our worship service outside for a season. We meet beneath the shade of River Birches near the woods, and there always seems to be a breeze that finds us. If you’d like to join us in person for worship, we meet at 9:15 AM on Sunday mornings. You will need to bring a protective mask and a chair or blanket (we also have benches available). This outdoor setting not only helps us practice social distancing and meet together safely, it also helps us worship God in the beauty of His creation. If you’d like to join us for worship but can’t come in person, we also have access online (just email us and we’ll send you the link), and the sermons are also recorded and listed on our media page on this site. This is a challenging season for many, but God has met us in this “wilderness” and blessed us unexpectedly! Come and join us Sundays at 9:15, and you’ll see why.
The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has caused many cities to shut down and forced businesses to close. Buzz words like “Social Distancing” and “Essential Services” define our day to day lives. As part of these precautions, Peace Church has decided to suspend Sunday morning services and all public prayer meetings and social gatherings until further notice. We realize this may be disconcerting, but we trust that God will sustain us through the storm. In an effort to continue to make resources available, we will be posting audio services every Sunday. These can be downloaded for free under the MEDIA link above. Additionally, we have set up a giving link where you can give safely online via credit card (see donate button to the right). We pray that the One who calms the storm will be with you and give you peace in these uncertain times.
If you’ve ever listened to Dave Ramsey on the radio, you’ll notice he frequently has folks on the show who have just paid all of their bills. On the count of three, they shout in unison, “We’re debt free!” It’s an incredible accomplishment. And now, because of God’s amazing provision in answer to prayer, we’re able to say the same thing as a church.
It seems like only yesterday that we built our first building here on 8.5 acres in North Durham. Now, scarcely nine years later, God has enabled us to COMPLETELY RETIRE OUR MORTGAGE. We’ve also been able to do this while helping plant other churches. We’ve been blessed, and we are grateful!
Having no building debt is HUGE. This enables us to continue to develop new ways for reaching others with the life-transforming message of Jesus–like we’re now doing through our new children’s ministry, which is growing!
A church is so much more than a building–and not having a mortgage helps us stay focused on the things that matter most. God answers prayer, and we praise Him for His faithfulness! Please pray He will continue to bless us as we take new steps in faithfulness!
We recently asked some of the people who worship here what being a part of our church family means to them. Here’s how they responded…
“This wonderful, sweet church brings exactly what its name implies. I receive Jesus’ peace and direct message to my life every Sunday.”
“Peace Church takes me totally as I am—unconditionally.”
“When you walk up to the cross on our prayer path, you can feel Jesus’ presence.”
“This is a church that really prays for me and my family.”
“I don’t know why the Lord led me here, but I’m so glad He did!”
God is at work here in beautiful ways. Many who visit here for the first time tell us they sense something different as soon as they walk in the door. We have been deeply blessed, but these are blessings we can’t keep to ourselves. We hope you’ll come share them with us this Sunday!
Our pastor (Dr. James Banks) was recently interviewed by Daniel Henderson and the 6:4 Fellowship about what it means to pray the Bible’s prayers (the subject of his newest book). Here’s what he had to say:
Prayer is one of the beautiful things God is doing at our church.