Prince of Peace Episcopal Church
West Salem, Oregon
Message regarding the coronavirus pandemic: Since March 2020, we have been meeting for Morning Prayer each Sunday on Zoom. Beginning October 4, 2020, we will offer Holy Eucharist on some Sundays, which will be announced by email. If you are not on our regular email distribution list and would like to be notified of weekly services and special events, please let us know with an email. Please pray for our leaders, the victims of the virus, and all of us as we move forward together in this crisis. (Last updated 11-11-20)
Our mission is to worship God, to grow in Christ, and to share the gifts God has given us with the world. Grounded in faith in Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church is a Eucharistic community that welcomes all. We are the youngest church--a mission parish--in the Diocese of Oregon. Our way of doing ministry is to be open to the discernment and leading of God's Holy Spirit. People of all ages are able to find a place at God's Holy Table here. We are a warm and nurturing community who welcomes newcomers. We are located in West Salem but we have community members from all over the greater Salem area. There are no outcasts at Prince of Peace.
As a faith community, we are flexible, accepting, caring and supporting of all in their journeys of faith. We follow the words of Jesus to reach out to others who are seeking Christ in their lives. We love the Anglican tradition of liturgy and emphasize worship that is the work the of the people. The gathered community is the choir and many participate as the worship leaders. Special worship services throughout the year emphasize the changing needs of our world and community. We believe that questions are the cornerstone to a lively and deep faith and sometimes there are more questions than answers. We are a thriving, hopeful community that seeks to serve others who are part of our larger community. All are welcome here.
We have a regular Bible study group and book group, currently meeting on Zoom. In regular times, volunteers meet monthly to serve Marion-Polk Foodshare and we have a regular men’s breakfast and, from time to time, gather together for nature walks or other events. As the need arises, we serve our neighbors through other projects, such as providing for local families at Christmas or providing funds for school lunches.
Our Bishop’s Advisory Committee is composed of Mary Knutsen (Senior Warden), Steve Buresh (Junior Warden), Mary Macy (Treasurer), Susan McNaught (Clerk), Rachel Bertoni (Member), Massimo Brofferio (Member), Nick Fortey (Member), and Diana Rainey (Member). Our Altar Guild Director is Pat Barnes.
We are a Believe Out Loud congregation and a member of Integrity USA.