Children & Youth: God's gift to the church of today and tomorrow...


Children & Youth in Worship

Children and youth particpate  worship in a variety of ways. Children, Ages 3-10, are invited to  Kingdom Time at  Sunday worship. Youth are frequently involved in the service as greeters, ushers, acolytes, and worship assistants. The youngest among them is welcome to spend time in the nursery with a loving care provider.

Children's Library 

Offers children and youth  a place of their own, providing  Christian oriented books and materials to help inspire, comfort and affirm their faith. 


Prince of Peace recognizes the important roles youth have in the church as disciples and leaders. POP seeks to offer a safe, welcoming place for worship, study, fellowship, witness, service and fun.  “In your face” experiences to serve Christ through mission and outreach are offered and the home is affirmed as the first teachers.             

POP @ 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! Pastor, Josie, Julie, Gabe, Ed and Jeremy departed from Springfield Branson Airport for Houston (6/26). Following arrival, they “spread their wings” at the Johnson Space Center. The Gathering began (6/27) and included worship, speakers, Bible studies, mass gatherings and music at NRG Park/Stadium over a five-day period.

INTERACTIVE LEARNING DAY (6/28) for POP was a “Holy Playground” of sorts and a time to encounter God through a variety of learning styles and sensory experiences. CENTRAL STATES SYNOD DAY (6/29) was an opportunity to meet and interact with for youth and adults from Kansas and Missouri. SERVICE DAY (6/30) was a time to be involved with a project in the community. The Gathering concluded with worship (7/1) and the announcement of the 2021 Gathering to be held in Minneapolis.
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View Recorded Gathering "Live Streams" If you’re interested in seeing what Jeremy, Josie and Gabe along with adult leaders – Ed, Julie and Pastor  experiened, you can watch recorded "live stream"  videos available on the Youth Gathering homepage at

The Gathering "live streams" include:

   •MYLE worship: June 26
   •The tAble worship: June 27
   •Daily Bible studies: June 27-30
   •Mass Gatherings: June 27-30 
   •Sunday morning worship: July 1  

Fish Fry Benefits POP Youth to Gathering