Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation

We no longer will require registrations for church services on Sunday.

There will be no Sunday School on June 27, or July 4th.

*Our church service will in person and also be on our Facebook page (Pilgrim Church UCC) and YouTube.

Fully Vaccinated: Mask-wearing for fully vaccinated individuals will be optional within our church facilities.
(Masks are required when entering the PCCP wing when school is in session.)
Non-Vaccinated: Mask-wearing for non-vaccinated individuals is still required indoors, as advised by the state and CDC
Any members, staff or visitor may continue to wear masks if they feel more comfortable. Staff working indoors directly with children will wear a mask when social distancing is not an option.

It is an annual discussion about the culture of churches during the Summer. There is a difference between September to June worship and July and August. Attendance is lower, the beach awaits, Children’s time is limited to special Sundays, sermons are shorter (That’s always a big one!)
But Church is still here! I always found summer worship to be a refreshing change, a time to introduce new things, a more casual atmosphere and, I think a very overlooked feature, a time where we have many Visitors. Whether the visitors are home for the summer, or vacationing, or even residents in town looking for a new experience, each Sunday we usually have new people in our pews. Which in turn calls for you, our members, to practice RADICAL HOSPITALITY.
On my Sabbatical 6 years ago, Maureen and I visited several churches on the West coast that were being recognized for practicing Radical Hospitality. We were disappointed in most of the churches we visited because very few people stepped up to welcome “the strangers among them.” It is said that New Englander’s are know for being a bit stand-off-ish, but let me tell you, the churches I have served put these churches we visited to shame.
 When you come to church this summer, please…do your best to introduce yourself to those you don’t recognize. It may be a time when you reintroduce yourself o someone you have already met, but we all have the “Covid Absence” excuse to fall back on! The only way we grow is for you to introduce yourself and welcome new people. DO you remember that person who welcomed you on your arrival at Pilgrim Church? Chances are it was NOT the Pastor! It was a neighbor, a another Parent of children, a Diaconate member…

Join us as we renew our Open and Affirming Covenant at the Pilgrim Church in Duxbury on Sunday, June 27th during morning worship!    
Wear something Colorful!

"Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly."
—Van Morrison
Happy summer, friends! Yes, our summer season is here. While it may have officially arrived on Monday, June 21st, we’ve all felt summer recently – hot, sunny, longer days.

Betsy and I have already spent some great time on Duxbury Beach and love to watch the kids of all ages romping and splashing in the water and on the sandy shore. They are having great fun while mom and dad rest and relax in their best ways.

Enjoy these summer days. Find ways to rest, relax, and recharge after a challenging year. Be at peace.

Blessings to you all,
Rev. John


Youngsters!   Join Angelique for Pajama Storytime in July and August!

We will begin our time together lighting a candle and sharing our joys and sorrows, followed by a reading of some special picture books, and close with a bedtime prayer!

We will have them in person on the front lawn of the church – wear your jammies, bring a blanket to lie down on, and a stuffy to cuddle with – as well as via ZOOM, getting you all ready for bed in the comfort of your own home!

Come for one, come for all!
Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 on the church’s front lawn
Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 via ZOOM
Wednesday, August 4 at 6:30 on the church’s front lawn
Wednesday, August 11 at 7:00 via ZOOM

Sunday School will be held July 11 and August 8 this summer!
Busy bags will be available for children all other Sundays during July and August
Reminder that starting in July, church service will begin at 9:30!

Summer Reading suggestion for Adults!

The Board of Christian Education is pleased to announce a book study for adults starting in the fall.

Spend some time this summer getting acquainted with Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible and What He Wants to Do With You by John MacArthur and stay tuned for our book discussion time and places beginning in September.

The family of Barbara Schultz invite all who would like to celebrate her life and spirit this Saturday, June 26 at 10:30am.
Light lunch to follow in Fellowship Hall.  

Please join us on Pilgrim Church's front lawn to watch the parade on Saturday, the 3rd of July 11:00ish - 1:00! 
We'll provide the hotdogs, chips, popsicles and water. Bring your chairs or blanket and reusable water bottles.

Sign up here to let us know you are coming and/or if you would like to help:
If you would like to donate towards this event, donations are greatly appreciated. Write "3rd of July" in the memo line.
If you have questions, email Judy Gibbs at JGIbbs4423@aol.com or call her at 774-454-7086.

The needs of the church do not end during the summer. Our Trustees have done an amazing job directing the finances of the church during Covid, and our members have done very well in keeping as current as they can on their pledges. For that, we thank you!

However, we do ask that you please remember the church on your giving over the summer and forward your pledge to the office so we can continue to catch up…we are falling a little bit behind in our offerings. If you would like to schedule Electronic Pledging, please contact the church office! office@uccduxbury.org

Hyannis Sound

JULY 25th 4 PM

JOIN US FOR A RARE “Off-Cape” Concert experience as we welcome Cape Cod’s finest a-cappella group, “HYANNIS SOUND”.

The group carries a one-of-a-kind tradition that started in 1994: 10 college-aged singers from across the country come together to spend their summer making incredible music and unforgettable memories. 

Tickets are $10 each, $25 for Family Pass (Families with younger children)
Call the church Office 781-934-6591 or email office@uccduxbury.org to reserve your tickets.
Volunteers Needed!

Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers for several board positions.

Board of Music - we are currently looking for 2 members to help Marcia plan and support the music ministry of our church.

Church Council - we are currently looking for 1 member to join the Executive Board, which oversees the work of the church and all it’s boards and committees.

PCCP - we are currently looking for 1 member to help the Director with the direction and operations of the Pilgrim Church Childcare business.

VIDEO TEAM - PLEASE contact RB if you are interested in helping with our online services. It's easy and fun!

Please reach out to Rosemary McGreevy at 781.738.2763 or at r.mcgreevy@comcast.net if you are interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities. Thank you.
JULY 16th

South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival (DMF) presents Stage to Screen at Pilgrim Church I Duxbury, a DMF prelude concert, featuring DMF artists and SSC faculty performing a program of classic and modern film music favorites, Broadway show tunes, and featured selections from Bernstein's West Side Story, a nod to Steven Spielberg’s latest film adaptation, set to be released later this year.

Tickets are $50 and may be purchased up until the day before the performance at https://summer.sscmusic.org/dmf/