Children and Youth
Children, youth and family ministry is a core part of what we are about at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Our children feel at home in our sanctuary during worship, they explore their faith as they engage Bible stories and activities in Church School and they put their faith into action by engaging in service projects out in the community. We have a nursery available for parents to enjoy time with their littlest ones. We hold Church School classes for children ages three and up. Parents and care givers are welcome in our classroom space at any time.
Our young people in grades 5 and above gather together for a youth group experience of deepening their relationships with God, each other and the world around them. When the group gathers, they engage in discussion about faith and what is going on in the world today, community service opportunities and some general silliness and fun.
Pilgrim Church seeks ways that we can support families of all shapes and sizes. We hope to support families growing in faith together with a variety of resources, evening discussion groups and providing opportunities to connect with other families.
Typical Worship Day for Children
Kids begin Sundays with the rest of the congregation in the worship service. Worship begins at 10:00am during the school year and at 9:30am during the summer. During the school year, the young people spend some time in worship; they have a special time in the service to participate in a story or song or discussion with the pastor or another adult leading them, then they head to Church School for further exploration of a theme or Bible story. During the summertime, our families are invited to stay in worship together.
On the first Sunday of the month, our families also stay in worship together so that they can all receive Communion together. A typical Sunday morning church service runs for 1 hour and 15 minutes. After worship, there is a gathering time in the Social Hall with snacks and drinks. This is an informal time where you can meet and greet members and friends of the church, the kids always love this time as it provides a chance to have some yummy treats.
Safe Childcare Policy
As a community of Christian faith, Pilgrim Church is committed to creating a community and maintaining programs and facilities in which members, friends, staff and volunteers are safe. This is especially true for our children and young people. As a community, we have the responsibility to behave in ways that are consistent with our Christian values. We seek to have an atmosphere that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation or intimidation where we honor physical, emotional and spiritual boundaries.