Peace UCC has several groups that meet for study and for fellowship.
Our adult Sunday School meets most weeks (excluding the summer months) where they might discuss a book they are studying, have a speaker in to present an important faith or social justice topic, or participate in a weeks-long exploration of faith and the bible.
Our focus on fellowship includes a card making club that meets monthly, a ladies fifth Sunday dinner group, a men’s dinner group, a moms group that meets periodically to relax and foster fellowship, and a weekly lunch bunch that comes together at a local restaurant to share a meal after worship each Sunday.
There are many internal ministries at Peace which are always welcoming new volunteers, including:
Peace UCC has long been active in the community surrounding our Fort Wayne church home, as well as programs which have national and international reach. Our outward facing missions tend to center around our core values to encourage justice and peace in the world, especially when it means helping disenfranchised and discouraged people in need.
Peace UCC is a church filled with song. Our services include the talents of our Celebration Choir, who lend their voices to traditional hymns as well as up-tempo jazz pieces or soulful gospel and blues. When the celebration choir isn’t singing, our Angelus Choir bells are ringing, with 5 octaves of bells and 3 octaves of hand chimes at their musical disposal.
Choir Director, Jan Reams, has led the Celebration Choir since 2013. Previously, she was the choir director at Faith United Church of Christ. Jan is passionate about integrating the worship service so that song, story, and scripture all flow seamlessly as we worship God.
Bell Choir Director, Rochelle Starnes, has been playing handbells since the 6th grade and is a talented musician who can play multiple instruments. She has a vocal education degree from IPFW. She has been directing the bell choir at Peace since 2014. Rochelle is passionate about sharing these unique instruments with new people.
Organist, Dennis Bowman, Dennis Bowman has been an important part of the ministry of Peace Church since 2006, playing both the organ and piano for us. He’s been playing piano since early childhood, and was raised on the “old-time” gospel hymns, but he weaves both traditional and contemporary music together to create a diverse worship experience. Dennis is also an Advanced Master Gardener through Purdue University and works as a florist by day. Dennis is passionate about the ways in which the Spirit moves through the experience of music.
Children’s Music Director, Lorie Krouse, has been involved in music activities since she began piano lessons in the first grade. She’s an instructor through Kindermusik, teaching music and movement for children newborn through seven years of age. She’s active in both of Peace UCC’s adult choirs and accompanies Homestead High School’s choirs. Lorie is passionate about making children feel like they are an important part of music and worship.