Brethren Beliefs  
For guidance, Brethren look to the scriptures rather than to doctrine. Our faith emphasizes compassion, peacemaking, and simplicity. The central emphasis of the Church of the Brethren is not a creed, but a commitment to follow Christ in simple obedience, to be faithful disciples in the modern world. As do most other Christians, the Brethren believe in God as Creator and loving Sustainer. We confess the Lordship of Christ, and we seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of life, thought, and mission.
Living Peacefully, Simply, Together.

Brethren Practices  
Brethren have a long tradition of "gathering around the Word." Taking the New Testament as our guide, we discuss what Jesus did—and why. Then we try to pattern our own lives after his.

“Where two or three are gathered together in my name,” Jesus promised, “there am I in the midst of them.” Through the practices described here, Brethren come together—as small groups or larger ones—in loving imitation of Jesus’ actions. At these times, we’re especially aware of God’s presence. We call these practices our ordinances, beause we think of them as instructions from God.

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History of Peters Creek Church of the Brethren  

Brethren began to settle in Roanoke as early as the 1830s and possibly much earlier. However, they were slow in establishing a formal organization or erecting meeting houses, as the early churches were called. No one knows when Peters Creek was organized. However, the earliest reference to the congregation mentions a council held at the home of Elder Daniel Barnhart in May 1841.

  History of the Brethren

Our Beginning

Eighteenth century Europe was a time of strong governmental control of the church and low tolerance for religious diversity. Nevertheless, there were religious dissenters who lived their faith in spite of the threat of persecution. Some of these dissenters found refuge in the town of Schwarzenau, Germany. Among them was Alexander Mack, a miller who had been influenced by both Pietism and Anabaptism.                                        more

Moving to America

Due to growing persecution and economic hardship, Brethren began emigrating to North America in 1719 under the leadership of Peter Becker. Most Brethren left Europe by 1740, including Mack, who brought a group over in 1729. The first congregation in the New World was organized at Germantown, Pa., in 1723. Soon after its formation, the Germantown congregation sent missionaries to rural areas around Philadelphia. These missionaries preached, baptized, and started new congregations.    more

20th Century and Beyond

During the 20th century, focus areas of Church of the Brethren included educating its young people by developing Sunday schools, camping, and youth programs; strengthening its emphasis on service, missions, and peacemaking; increasing its ecumenical involvement; and developing a new denominational structure.                                                                     more


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