God Is Still Speaking Youth Ministry
At Pilgrim we know that God is still speaking - to all of us - sometimes directly but often in ways we least expect it and saying things that surprise us. So a key focus of our middle school and high school youth ministry is to create a community that supports us in recognizing the many ways that God is calling, advising, challenging and loving us everyday.
These are the 4 themes that guide our youth ministry programming:
- Connect – building community with each other and the wider church
- Explore – beliefs and traditions at Pilgrim, within UCC and beyond
- Grow – sharing our faith and nurturing a personal relationship with God
- Serve – leveraging our spiritual gifts by putting our faith into action
LGBTQ & Allies
The LGBTQ and Allies ministry was formally created to encourage and celebrate Pilgrim church’s welcoming support for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. It holds periodic social events as a means for members to get involved and to get to know each other better; it keeps the congregation informed about and elicits its support for LGBTQ issues through newsletter articles and announcements in church. It is responsible for outward signs of the church’s Open and Affirming stance, such as banners, posters, and stickers. It participates in each worship service in June leading up to Pride Sunday, when the group is responsible for the whole worship experience.
The Green Team is about the environment, about faith and about Justice for our neighbors. We work with all ministries of the church to help lower our impact on the environment as a congregation and as individuals. We are Pilgrims supporting other members as we connect our love for God and concern for the earth with the justice issues involved as the burden of climate change impacts the poor throughout the world.
Our first and ongoing project has been to move to “Zero Waste” in events such as the Food Truck Rally and fellowship times at the church. By composting much of the waste we have greatly reduced what is sent to landfills. We continue to offer challenging opportunities for Pilgrims to learn, grow and take action through Adult Education and through Mission Moments in worship. We have been active in the local Interfaith Green Team Network and the statewide Faith in Place. Through these efforts, we continue to impact the community and beyond to bring about change for our earth.
Women's Book Club
The women of Pilgrim Church meet monthly, usually the third Friday of the month, at 7:30 pm. We take turns hosting and facilitating the book discussion. All women are welcome for food, fun and community! We read a wide variety of books from novels to nonfiction. Reading the book is not required but highly suggested (you don’t need to have finished the book!).
Breakfast & Brunch Groups
Organized by the Ministry of Christian Community, both the men and women of Pilgrim meet for breakfast or brunch on a monthly basis. One Saturday morning per month, a Pilgrim member graciously hosts the meal in their home.