Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Please use the SIDE ENTRANCE of the building on Sunday mornings!
  • When in church, we ask all non-vaccinated people to wear masks.
  • When in church, we recommend children wear masks, but leave it to the discretion of the parents.
  • We ask Sunday School teachers to wear masks when inside the building and we will try and maintain social distancing as much as possible.
  • Children will begin church inside until after the “Time for All Ages,” then, weather permitting, Sunday School lessons will be outside whenever possible. In inclement weather, we will social distance inside.
  • Masks will not be required of children or teachers when outside. Social distancing will be maintained as much as possible. 
In July, writer David Sharp wrote a story for The Associated Press that stated a fact and asked a question: “Millions Skipped Church During Pandemic. Will They Return?” https://influencemagazine.com/Practice/Six-Reasons-People-Aren-t-Coming-Back-to-Church
 

It hit home with me and some fellow clergy members. With attendance down due to the pandemic and now “Zoom” overload, coming back to “normalcy” is placing some challenges in our church and others.

In the past week, many of our committees have started to examine, discuss, and plan for the immediate future, re-focusing on what our church has to offer to its members and the world. In a post-Covid world, the sense of community is lost when we don’t gather, but that sense of community is what will attract people back to worship.

In Massachusetts, the vaccine and Covid positivity numbers continue to improve because of our cautiousness. According to the article, “a poll by Lifeway Research found that 91% of churchgoers “plan to attend worship services as often or more often than before COVID-19.” According to the National COVID-19 Church Attendance Project, “in-person attendance had recovered to 57% of the pre-pandemic numbers” by April 2021. Given that most states have lifted restrictions on public gatherings since April, that number is probably higher now.”

I don’t think we are there yet. Hesitancy is still there and the return to “full” worship will be a steady walk. The article references 6 reasons for the slow return:
1. COVID hesitancy. In many parts of the country, ICUs are full, and medical personnel are exhausted.

 2. Inertia. In ordinary language, inertia is a synonym of “inactivity” or “sluggishness”. We have not been part of our routine for a while.

3. Weak attachment. I will call this as missing what we have. A strong spiritual connection to each other.

4. Church switching. Through moving, passing away or finding another alternative, some won’t return…but others have joined!

 5. No value added. What do we have to offer? Connection to God, to each other and a common goal to be a community. And when you buy in…. you see the value of your presence!

6. No Jesus. That is, understanding His call to love, accept, comfort and care for one another in the circumstances we are in.
 
And we are getting better! We are starting to ramp up community events slowly, Bible Studies, Coffee Fellowship Hour, Committees meeting in-person, Harvest Festival, plans for Festival of Trees. All need one thing to succeed…YOU! When you feel safe to do so, we can’t wait to see you!

RB
I enjoy talking and visiting with folks from our church family. They are always interested in our church life and how others are doing.

If you’re able, feel free to make a call or send a note or card to church friends you know and haven’t seen for a while.

Our spirits are alive within us. Let’s share that spirit with folks in our community.

Blessings to you all,
Rev. John



Please join us for the
Harvest Homecoming
THIS Saturday, October 16 2:00-5:00
on the front lawn.


We will have hot cider, cider donuts, along with jumpy houses, sack races, pumpkin decorating and more!
 
If you are able to volunteer, please see the sign-up genius link below or call Heather Edwards at 508-333-2250.

Please join us and bring a friend!
(Rain date Sunday, October 17th after church)

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR APPLE PIE CONTEST!
Call the office or email now to enter the 2nd Annual APPLE PIE CONTEST AT HARVEST FEST!
office@uccduxbury.org or 781-934-6591office@uccduxbury.org
2021 FESTIVAL OF TREES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Last year we held a Festival of Christmas Trees on the front lawn of the church, with 20 trees donated by members, businesses, and families, fully decorated and lit up each night of Christmas week!


We would like to do it again this year and need volunteers to help!
If you would like to be involved in this wonderful program, please contact RB at revbill@uccduxbuy.org as we get organized!
News from our
Christian Education Director
The High School Youth Group will be meeting at Duxbury Beach this Sunday (10/17) at 6:45 to watch the God’s glory in the sunrise and worship together!
We’ll follow this up with a breakfast on the beach, just like Jesus did!
Please sign up here to help us know many we’ll be feeding 😊


CONFIRMATION  - There will be an informational introductory meeting after church THIS SUNDAY, October 17 for parents and Confirmands.
We look forward to seeing you!

Love babies and toddlers? Please volunteer to help our young families!
We need volunteers to help staff our nursery on Sunday mornings!
Sign up here to help.

High School students are invaluable in the nursery.
Your help is need needed and appreciated.
Sign up here to volunteer in the nursery!
Pine Street Inn
It's cookie time again! We will be taking homemade or store bought cookies, brownies, and dessert bars to the Pine Street Inn again on Friday, October 22nd.

We will have a table set up for your donations on Tuesday 10/19, Wednesday 10/20, and Thursday 10/21 inside the FRONT DOORS of the church. The Pine Street guests really appreciate a nice dessert with their dinner. Thank you for your support!
Pilgrim's Food Pantry - our next Pilgrim's Pantry will be on Saturday, October 30th

Here is a list of what we need: peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soup, tuna, beef stew, canned chicken, apple & cranberry juice, pasta, and pasta sauces.

Thank you for your continued support!
Coffee & Conversation with RB
FAITH-TALK O'CLOCK

2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:00am
Pilgrim Church ~ Fellowship Hall


Join us for coffee and conversation on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for casual conversation with topics of interest.

November 10, 2021 - Topic: Chronic pain creates challenges for people of faith.

December 8, 2021 - Topic: Media coverage of the Gabby Petito disappearance raises issues of the "missing white girl syndrome."
BIBLE STUDY!
Fourth Monday of each month ~ beginning
Monday, October 25th.




Join us in our monthly Bible Study, now available in two formats;

  • 10 AM in person
  • And 7 PM via Zoom

THE CHOSEN SEASON 2
We continue with our discussion about the video Series “The Chosen” We will watch the show during our Monday morning sessions followed by discussion.

We ask that you watch the episode prior to the Zoom Bible Study session and be ready for discussion.
Pilgrim Church is hiring a new Financial Position and we would like your help in spreading the news. Please share with friends who may be job searching for a great financial position close to home here on the South Shore.

Senior Financial Officer Position with Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
Position Overview: The Senior Financial Officer’s responsibilities include oversight of the financial operations, budgeting operations, investments, and human resources administration of the Pilgrim Church (PC), which includes All Boards & Committees of PC such as Music Board, Deacons, Council, Pilgrim Child Care & Preschool (PCCP), Christian Ed, Etc. The position will report to the Board of Trustees and work closely with the Senior Minister, and the Treasurer.
Prior Experience to include: Controllership responsibilities, Cash management, forecasting and investment responsibilities, Financial planning, reporting and analysis, Human Resource responsibilities and Compliance responsibilities.

Qualifications: Four-year Accounting degree, with 7-10 years of professional experience, preferably with some experience in an educational institution or small business. Technological proficiency with Quickbooks Online, Microsoft Suite of Excel, PowerPoint, Word as well as cloud-based file storage such as Box, DropBox, One Drive. Exemplary organizational skills with the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks with superior attention to detail.

A leader, a manager, and a team player who is self-motivated with the ability to work with many diverse personalities. Ability to work in a small office setting, including a willingness to work beyond specific job responsibilities where needed.
If interested or would like more information, please contact Rosemary McGreevy at r.mcgreevy@comcast.net . (Please kindly do not contact the Pilgrim Church Office directly).