Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation

I just got back from our first worship service at the Village in over 5 years! (It’s a bucket list thing!) Before Covid hit, we had planned to have monthly services and gatherings for our members and friends over at the Village. Obviously, we were not able to do so safely. But this morning, 21 people attended, many church members who are residents there and some others looking for fellowship and worship. And it was wonderful! We spoke about being resilient even in adversity, where we can use our laments to discover the new gifts we have in our resolve and our faith. Many spoke of their adjustments to their daily schedules and the difficulty in meeting new friends in the isolation of their rooms. Others spoke of the loneliness they encountered not being able to attend services at the church or even those being offered at the Village.

But now, the new strength and gifts that God has given us in our ability to adjust and still be faithful were celebrated together. We are God’s children, and we are blessed to be together!

What a gift! What a God!



Please mark your calendars for an exciting and informative evening on Saturday, March 25th hosted by the Mission and Outreach Committee. At 5:00 we will be offering a chilli and soup supper to be followed at 6:00 with coffee and dessert with a presentation and discussion on the topic of refugees and immigration and the related laws and procedures. Our speaker from Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston will share information and answer questions regarding the plight of refugees in our country. Come and enjoy a quick and early dinner while learning more about his important issue! 


All are welcome. There is no cost though dessert contributions would be appreciated. Spread the word and grab some friends to come. Sign up in the vestry or just come! If you have any questions, please contact

Jan Zabilski, jlzabilski@gmail.com, (781)248-9505


Don't forget that there are still two movie nights that are available to watch

"The Good Lie" in preparation for the Immigration dinner. You can also watch it individually at home on Amazon Prime.  https://www.amazon.com/Good-Lie-Reese-Witherspoon/dp/B00Q6TLTPE

Sunday, March 19th  6:30– Heather Edwards, 210 Depot St, Duxbury heather_l_edwards@yahoo.com), can seat 7 comfortably and another 5 teens that wouldn’t mind sitting on the floor. Please be aware, folks need to be able to navigate stairs without a traditional railing.

Wednesday, March 22nd 6:30 – Nancy Chadwick, 17 Josselyn Ave. Duxbury chadwickvendors@gmail.com – can seat 8 people.

One Great Hour of Sharing, part of our Church’s Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. One Great Hour of Sharing also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. We will be receiving a special OGHS offering this Sunday. Please prayerfully consider a donation. More information about OGHS can be found at www.ucc.org/giving/ways-to-give/our-churchs-wider-mission/one-great-hour-of-sharing/oghs_resources_frequently-asked-questions/

We look forward to welcoming St. John’s Confirmation class as they join us for worship this Sunday!

Koinonia is meeting on Monday,

March 20th at 1:00pm in the parlor.

Please join us for fellowship and discussion. All are welcome!


We will be collecting cookies, bars, and brownies (homemade or store bought) for Pine Street Inn Monday, March 20th thru Thursday, March 24th in the narthex of the church (front door). The guests really appreciate the sweet treat. Thank you!

Middle School Youth Group will be meeting and making sweet treats for the Pine St Inn next Thursday, March 23 from 6 – 7:30!

Pretzel Sunday will be March 26!

Our Sunday School students will be rolling pieces of dough and folding them into arms crossed in prayer, then baking and sharing these treats with the congregation during coffee hour!

Many thanks to Lois and Fred Boericke for helping to make it happen!

Pilgrim's Progress

If you would like to have any information included in the April 2023 Pilgrim Progress, please send it to Melissa by Monday, March 27th. THANK YOU!



On April 6th, Maundy Thursday, we will be observing the Service of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM. Tenebrae service includes readings from the gospels which describe the time between the Last Supper and the Passion/Death of Jesus Christ. It is a very powerful and spiritual service of darkness and light. We hope you consider joining us. Prior to the service, at 6 PM, we will be gathering for a Soup and Bread Supper. If you would like to donate soup or bread, there is a sign-up in Fellowship Hall.

Would you like to sing the Hallelujah Chorus on Easter? 

It will be the closing hymn, and your voice is needed for this very special occasion. We will have sectional rehearsals after church in the music rehearsal room. The rehearsals will last approximately 30 minutes.

March 19 – Tenors and Basses

March 26 – all parts together

Please let me know if you are interested in joining us. I can send you music for your part, and also a rehearsal track just for you. Join us!

Claire DeCusati

Music Director

Artist of the Month

Our first Artist of the Month ~

Jan Zabilski!

Her paintings will be displayed in the church parlor for several weeks. Please join us during Fellowship hour to see her beautiful paintings!

We are interested in showcasing other artisans in the coming months. Please call Janet Ritch or the church office if you would like to be part of this display." 

Join us for Fellowship Time and see Jan's art exhibit!

Nursery care workers are desperately needed during our Sunday worship services!

Get baby and toddler “fix”, while allowing young parents to worship in peace and quiet.


Sign up here to volunteer!

WHAT’S IN A NAME?  Whatever the answer is, we want to know yours so we can greet you personally. If you have lost or misplaced your name tag or never had one before, please let the office know and one will be made for you. Thank you.


Paul used the metaphor of the human body when he wrote of the importance of each member to the life of Christ's early churches (1 Corinthians 12:17-26). “A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together.” (The Message)


Do you know your gifts and passions and believe your gifts and passions align well with Pilgrim Church’s mission, but not see opportunities to pursue them at Pilgrim? What opportunities would you like to see? How might we as a church develop those opportunities? Could you then answer the question -

How might I help Pilgrim Church be the church it was meant to be? Might I be among the Hearts, Hands, Head, Eyes, Ears, or Legs of Pilgrim Church?   

Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal

The news continues to unfold about the devastating earthquake on the border of Turkey and Syria. The death toll continues to rise – numbers are pointing to over 5,000 – depending on the source. Some have asked if there is a place to donate. Here is a link to the UCC Mission effort. If you would like to donate.

The UCC has posted a prayer and short statement in response to this crisis.



South Shore Conservatory & the Duxbury Free Library present

“Peter and the Wolf” Friday, March 24, 12 noon, 64 St. George St.

This family-friendly event starts with an interactive arts activity with the Duxbury Art Association, followed by a special woodwind quintet arrangement of Prokoviev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Massachusetts State Representative Josh Cutler and Massachusetts State Senator Patrick O’Connor in the main hall at 1:00 pm. Following the performance, join us for a movement activity led by SSC Dance and CAT faculty member Kaitlyn Mazzilli. Admission is free, but registration is required.   A suggested donation of $10/adult and $5/child helps support programs like this in our community

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