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Membership F.A.Q.

A little more about Pilgrim Church

What does membership in Pilgrim Church offer me and/or my family?

If I become a member of Pilgrim Church, what sort of commitment, in terms of time and service, is involved?

Why do people become members of Pilgrim Church?

A little more about Pilgrim Church

Church members standing outside Pilgrim ChurchPilgrim Church is a part of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC is a union of several Christian     traditions and each congregation governs its own affairs. The UCC has roots in the "covenantal" tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We are our own governing body with our own budget and our own By-Laws. As a member of the church you have the ability to vote on these and any other matters pertaining to Pilgrim Church. As a member you may serve as a Deacon, be a committee representative on the Parish Board, chair a committee or be a mentor to one of our youths in our annual confirmation class. You have a voice in the life of the church.

What does membership in Pilgrim Church offer me and/or my family?

In addition to regular worship services on Sundays and Christian holidays, the church offers a variety of pastoral services including officiating at weddings, baptisms, and special care visits. The church has community activities annually, from yard sales to jazz nights. Members of the Pilgrim Church community benefit as well from participation in the programs we offer for children, youth, and adults designed specifically to strengthen and extend Christian spiritual values and faith formation.

If I become a member of Pilgrim Church, what sort of commitment, in terms of time and service, is involved?

Again, this is a relationship, and, as with any relationship, there are times when one can give a lot to the relationship and other times when they can only give a little. There is no specific level or expected New members bulletin boardcommitment when one joins Pilgrim Church. Members make their own personal commitment to Christian faith and service. They seek experiences where they can use their God-given gifts which in turn helps them to grow in their faith and its practice. Whether one’s gifts involve relating to children, balancing a financial sheet, or planting flowers, most members choose to serve in ways they find personally meaningful and fulfilling. For some, this involves helping out with our youth groups, some serve on a committee and some help with Church school snacks or coffee hour, or visiting the sick. Still others help with church missions, assist in lay ministry, or join the Bell or Chancel Choirs. For those who wish to become involved, at whatever level,  there are many ways to give support to the church.

Why do people become members of Pilgrim Church?

Each individual has his or her own personal and shared reasons for joining Pilgrim Church. Some of the thoughts expressed by our members are as follows:

  • To be among those who you know care for you, just as you are.
  • To provide our children with the kind of spiritual education we value.
  • To join with a community of people whose values we share, knowing that we are there to support one another in times of need.
  • To use the contemplative time on Sunday mornings to bring me back to God
  • To have a way to go deeper in my own spiritual growth.
  • To be reminded on a regular basis of the lessons of the Bible.
  • To have a compass to go by when I’m faced with tough choices.
  • To reflect upon what God is calling me to do.
  • To learn more about Jesus, his life and teachings.