Sunday Worship Service @ 8:30am and 11 am
Family Bible School @ 9:45am
1777 W Chatham Street Cary, NC 27513
(919) 467-5977 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Cary and Peace Presbyterian Church…
Cary is young and has experienced rapid growth over the last twenty five years to become the third largest town in the region. It is situated in the heart of the Triangle Area in North Carolina which was named for the three founding towns that comprise the metroplex: Raleigh (NC state capitol), Durham and Chapel Hill. There are three foundational universities in the area that have contributed to the highly educated populace and the area’s success. Duke University located in Durham, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh are among the area’s top employers and all boast active RUF and other campus ministries, which Peace supports. Cary is considered a bedroom community although it also hosts a number of high tech companies such as SAS Institute, Fidelity Investments, Sprint, and American Airlines.
Population in 1980: 21,763
Population in 1990: 43,858
Population in 2010: 135,234
Cary is approximately 73 percent White, 13 percent Asian, 8 percent African American and 8 percent Hispanic. Of the thirteen percent that is Asian approximately half or 6% traces ancestry to India. The current population is young, a median age of 36, with one third of the population being between the ages of 35 and 55 years old. The age group under 25 also comprises one third of the population.
Residents are fairly affluent, with a median household income approximately double the median income of the state of North Carolina. The median home sale price in Cary in the last 12 months was $310,600. A typical 3-bedroom home averages in the $250,000 price range.
Cary is well educated, with 60 percent of the population holding a college degree and 23 percent a graduate or professional degree. Cary is family oriented with approximately 75% of the homes housing families (as opposed to singles or retirees).
Local schools are a primary importance for young families. The area is home to many public schools including traditional calendar year, year round, magnet, and specialty schools. Cary residents can send children to traditional public high schools such as Cary, Green Hope, Panther Creek, Athens Drive, and Apex. In addition there are a number of private K-12 schools both religious and secular, these include but are not limited to Cary Christian School, Grace Christian School, Cary Academy, and St Michael Catholic (K-8). Private school prices run five to eighteen thousand dollars per student per year. Some of the schools offer financial aid. Peace was instrumental in starting Cary Christian School as a classical Christian school. Peace also ministers through a vibrant pre-school for approximately seventy two to five year olds. There are many alternative schools and preschools in the area as well. Home schooling has been traditionally encouraged at Peace and Peace Church lends facilities to support several area home school groups for testing and other purposes. VBS is an annual event.
Peace Church is a 32 year old congregation which has had three senior pastors in its history. All three senior pastors left of their own accord being called to a different location or vocation. Peace Church membership stands at just under 500 with another 200+ in loose association. The membership has not grown significantly in twenty years. Attendance on Sundays is approximately 400 people in two services held at 8:30 AM and 11 AM. Sanctuary capacity is approximately 350. Family Bible School for all ages starts at 9:45 AM. Sunday evening activities include Bible studies, small groups, choir for kids, and several youth groups. Peace Church occupies a 20 year old 12 acre campus with approximately 30,000 sf of heated space located in the heart of Cary.
Demographics of Peace Church vs Cary
The annual church budget is approximately one million dollars with low debt service.
Significant ministries of the church are broken down into mission fields. Home missions relates to local and US based efforts and Peace is involved with 18 local ministries. Foreign missions focuses on non-US based efforts and Peace sponsors 22 missionary families and two mission organizations as well as denominational giving. Peace has planted three churches in its 30 year history. Peace has always been part of the PCA denomination and is in the Eastern Caroline Presbytery. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and American Heritage Girls all are sponsored by Peace Church. The church also has an active arts ministry, Stephen’s Ministers, and a Comfort and Care Group. The church is also used as a voting site and has housed a number of other fledgling Christian churches (not PCA).