Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation

This Sunday, May 2nd in person worship for up to 75 people, following safety protocols recommended by the state and medical science (masks, distancing, sanitizers and no singing).

PRE-REGISTERING IS STILL REQUESTED. Call the church office or email office@uccduxbury.org or revbill@uccduxbury.org

Sunday School sign up here.

The service will also be on our Facebook page (Pilgrim Church UCC) and YouTube.
Last March when the pandemic came to the United States, everything shut down quickly and there was not much time for reflection; there was only time for swift reaction. Today, with vaccines in many of our arms and months of experience with displacement under our belts, we begin the process of reintroducing ourselves to worship as a group again.

We will not rush the process to return as if everything is the same as before February 2020. Instead, we would do well to take this opportunity to be safe and appropriate reopening our building, questioning what we are doing, why we are doing it and how it is being done, all to the glory of God in our lives.

When it comes to our church life, I think a major lesson of the pandemic has been that more involvement and leadership on the part of our members than I have experienced in my 20 plus years of ministry. And that’s a great thing!

I have participated in several hundred Zoom meetings and worship services and workshops, all new adventures in worship that have strengthened our commitment to God and allowed for greater inclusion, all of them was spiritually nourishing in its own right, but I am so looking forward to welcoming you all back into the building!

Watch for exciting plans during May. We have a Mother’s Day Service, a Confirmation Service and Memorial Day Service. We will attempt to do some outdoor worship allowing for spacing, no masks and maybe some singing!

Be safe and continue to do what you do so well!


I’ve had wonderful conversations with some of you over these months of concern for our health and safety. We all would like to be out and about like before. And yes, all of us are being very careful. We often talk about how a time of prayer is comforting and helpful. I share these words from Henri Nouwen about the power of daily prayer.

“To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension that squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but as a gift to receive. Above all, prayer is a way of life that allows you to find stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor, and your world. In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor, and in the loneliness of your own heart.

“Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life that gives you freedom to go and to stay where you wish, to find the many signs that point out the way to a new land.”

Blessings to you all.
Rev. John

Christian Education Director
Exciting news! Pilgrim Church has been asked to participate in the Peace Abbey’s Global Pandemic Stone walk Project!

Our church and St. John’s are co-sponsoring the placement of a Memorial Stone on its carriage (weighing 2 1/2 tons) on our church grounds for a week. We have been asked to get volunteers to meet at noon on May 8th at St. Margaret’s Chapel to push and pull the carriage with the stone down Washington Street to Pilgrim Church’s front lawn.

We’re hoping to have members from our youth groups and families join with
St. John’s youth groups and families to help with this historical event. 

This is a beautiful community event. 
Be a part of history and please sign up here

I would like to thank you for the honor of flowers at Sunday’s service. I have many blessings from my 42 years in Duxbury and Pilgrim Church is one of them. You have been my back bone all these years. Sometimes I am not very visible, but Pilgrim Church and my many friends I have met over the years are always in my heart. Thank you.

I will miss you all, but like a bad penny I will return and visit again.
With much love and friendship,
Kay Drake

Join us on Mother’s Day, May 9th, as we honor our mother’s and special mothers in our lives.

We invite you to bring a picture of the Mothers in your life to add to a table for our Worship service.

If you cannot be here, drop it off at the church during the week!


Honor your own mother this Mother’s Day by donating diapers and wipes to a new mother (and father) in need!

Our collection will benefit the “Cradles to Crayons” program, to provide those living in homeless shelters and low income families the essential items that are needed to thrive – at home, school and at play.

Diapers of any size and wipes will be collected through Mother’s Day, Sunday May 9th . Place any items on the collection box in the side entrance of the church.


Camp 2021 August 14 - August 21  
“A Vacation with a Purpose”


The entire registration process can be completed online and is very easy. You have nothing to mail unless you choose to pay by check. Click on this link to proceed. www.sscyc.org

We are pleased to invite you to register for SSCYC’s 64th annual camp week. After COVID-19 forced our camp to be mostly virtual last year, we will once again host our camp week at the picturesque Camp Cody in Freedom, NH.   

Camp is open to all students who have or are graduating 7th Grade this year up to graduated 12th Graders.

SPACES FILL UP FAST SO PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS YOU CAN. We expect all spaces to be filled in two weeks so don’t wait!

This will be Pilgrim Church’s first year at Camp Cody. A great number of safety protocols have been adopted to make camp as safe as possible including reducing the size of camp from 500 to 250. Call RB with any questions!

Spring 2021 Blackington Music Arts Scholarship Fund judges are asking for High School seniors who have been active participants in Pilgrim with their gifts in voice, instruments, dance or other to apply. The applications are available by clicking on the link below and in the church office. The due date is Sunday, May 9th and the announcement of the winner will be on Sunday, May 23rd. Tell your friends.


There was a pair of teal colored reading glasses left in the sanctuary on Sunday, April 25th.