About Us

Church of Peace, United Church of Christ, was founded as Evangelical Friedens Gemeinde by German immigrants in 1895. Since we moved to our current location in the Longview neighborhood of Rock Island, Illinois, in 1912, we’ve been intimately involved with this dynamic community. Today, Church of Peace is a vital part of this neighborhood, providing worship services on Sunday morning and a variety of outreach programs for the community throughout the week.

The Church of Peace United Church of Christ gathers at the corner of 12th and 12th where we value our history and envision our future.

We give glory to God by our commitment to:

  • promoting spiritual growth
  • prayerfully seeking God’s will for our individual and community lives
  • sharing worship and fellowship that stirs our souls and inspires our thinking
  • attracting and sustaining young people
  • serving those around us who are in need
  • offering an ever-widening invitation and welcome
  • embracing you warmly wherever you are on life’s journey

We’re the church that stands up for families, not just our own, but all families. We’re the church of literacy and education, and we’re the church of forgiveness. We’re the church of peacemaking in the face of hatred and bigotry, and we’re the church of caring and service.

Church of Peace Open and Affirming Covenant

We, the people of the Church of Peace United Church of Christ in Rock Island, Illinois, seek to be a community of Christians who celebrate and live in openness to the still-speaking God.  We gather at the corner of 12th Street and 12th Avenue where we value our history and envision our future.  As an Open and Affirming congregation, we recognize that all people are created equally in God’s image and all are beloved as God’s children.  As we seek to offer an ever-widening welcome, we invite into our family all people, including persons of any age, race, national origin, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background.  Jesus teaches us to welcome all God’s children.  However the rest of the world describes you, and however you describe yourself, you will be welcomed and celebrated at Church of Peace.

United Church of Christ Open and Affirming

“Open and Affirming” (ONA) is a movement of more than 1,500 churches and other ministries in the United Church of Christ that welcome LGBTQ+ members. More than 350,000 members of the UCC belong to ONA churches. Learn more about ONA here

The United Church of Christ

Church of Peace is a congregation of the United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the United States, the United Church of Christ serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The United Church of Christ is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where “…they may all be one” (John 17:21). Follow this link to learn more about our denomination.

Our Staff

Church of Peace is blessed with a dedicated staff. Our pastor provides leadership in worship and in our community, our music directors ensure that beautiful music is shared at our services, parish nurses provide medical guidance to our members, and maintenance and cleaning staff make sure our building and grounds are hospitable. Follow this link to learn more about our staff.

Our Calendar

From our food pantry, to women’s circles, to choir practice and beyond, Church of Peace has a wide variety of activities going on every week! Follow this link to see our calendar.

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