What to Expect on Your First Visit

What to Expect on Your First Visit

We’re so glad you’ve decided to join us!

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”   We hope you will feel this way on your first visit the moment you enter the forest green doors of Pilgrim Church on Washington Street in Duxbury.

 

The first time you visit Pilgrim Church, you will be greeted inside the front doors by a couple of church members who will show you the way up the stairs into the sanctuary where our Sunday morning services are held. Please let the greeters know it’s your first time attending.

 

Once in the sanctuary our usher will hand you an “order of worship” bulletin that will outline the day’s service. In addition one of our Deacons will offer to answer any questions you may have about the church, or the denomination with which it is affiliated – the United Church of Christ. If time allows, the Deacon may offer to introduce you to one of our pastors, the Rev. Bill Ferguson, our Senior Minister, or the Rev. John Brink, our minister of visitation.

About Our Front and Side Entrances

While most visitors come in through the front doors, there is a side entrance which is handicap accessible. If you go in the side door, there is an elevator that serves all floors of the church. The sanctuary, where Sunday services are held, is on the second floor. Turn right when you get off the elevator, and then turn left where you will be met by a greeter who will hand offer you an order of worship.

Worship Services

Our Sunday Worship, which generally lasts about an hour, begins with the pastor welcoming everyone who is in attendance along with some general announcements. At this time, the pastor will invite visitors to sign a “pew register” (one of the black books on either side of the pew) for you to share basic contact information so we can reach out to you after your visit. There is no obligation to do so.

Visiting with Children?

Most worship services begin with a children’s sermon, after which children leave the sanctuary to participate in Sunday School.  Children are always welcome to remain in the sanctuary with their parents if so desired.  Don’t worry if your youngsters are rambunctious. The sound of children is the sign of a healthy church.

 

Nursery care is provided for infants up to 3 years of age.  Please ask the greeters, an usher or a Deacon to direct you to the church school or nursery, if you so desire.

 

You can learn more about our Christian Education and Youth Programs right here on our website. If you plan to have children attend church school,  it may help to arrive a few minutes early if your child will benefit from exploring the church school environment.  We also ask that families complete a  Youth Registration Form which you may do in person, or online in advance of your visit.

Fellowship

Please join us immediately following Worship for fellowship, coffee, and snacks. It’s a wonderful time to ask questions and get to know members of the church.

Parking

While there is plenty of parking in the church lot, overflow parking is available both across the street at the former Battelle property and next door at the Winsor House Inn.

Upcoming Events
December 14, 2018
  • Men's Prayer Group

    December 14, 2018 · 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

    Library

December 15, 2018
  • YG Christmas Partys

    December 15, 2018

    Youth Room

  • Genesis YG

    December 15, 2018 · 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Youth Room - Wear your favorite Christmas PJs and enjoy breakfast treats!
    Bring a $5-$10 gift for our "Swap with a twist"

  • MS YG & HS YG

    December 15, 2018 · 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

    Youth Room - wear your favorite Christmas PJs and enjoy breakfast treats.
    Bring a $5-$10 gift for our "Swap with a twist"

December 16, 2018
  • Third Sunday of Advent

    December 16, 2018

  • Worship

    December 16, 2018 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Fair Trade

    December 16, 2018 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Vestry

  • YG Gift Wrap Fundraiser

    December 16, 2018 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Cookie Swap

    December 16, 2018 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

December 17, 2018
  • Church Council

    December 17, 2018 · 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

December 18, 2018
  • Trustee Meeting

    December 18, 2018 · 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    Library

December 19, 2018
  • Staff Meeting

    December 19, 2018 · 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Women's AA

    December 19, 2018 · 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

December 20, 2018
  • Choir Rehearsal

    December 20, 2018 · 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

December 21, 2018
  • Men's Prayer Group

    December 21, 2018 · 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

    Library

December 22, 2018
  • Pageant Dress Rehearsal

    December 22, 2018 · 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

December 23, 2018
  • Fourth Sunday of Advent

    December 23, 2018

  • Worship

    December 23, 2018 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Christmas Pageant

    December 23, 2018 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

December 24, 2018
  • Christmas Eve

    December 24, 2018

  • Family Service

    December 24, 2018 · 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

  • Lessons & Carols

    December 24, 2018 · 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM

December 25, 2018
  • Office & PCCP Closed

    December 25, 2018

  • Christmas Day

    December 25, 2018

December 26, 2018
  • Office & PCCP Closed

    December 26, 2018