Response to COVID-19

Worship has resumed in person! Please open this link to the restrictions for the protection of all our members against COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you all. Services will continue to be available online. 

Office Hours

The office is open 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday,  Off hour appointments maybe made with Pastor John.

Memorial Day Service

Honoring Heroes 

Sunday, May 30

6:30 p.m. 

In the Sanctuary

 All those who have served or who have had a friend  or family member who has served are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to invite those who you feel would appreciate this opportunity to remember those who sacrificed their all.


Summer Bible Study

Starting Wednesday, June 2

Two Weekly Sessions Available:  Noon and 6:30

Sermon on the Mount

A six-week study by Amy-Jill Levine exploring the major topics in the most popular sermon ever delivered, providing historical and theological context & using a solid knowledge of Hebrew scriptures and moral teachings.

Let the church office know if you want a book (not required but recommended) of your own! $14, the order will be placed on May 26.

Each week is stand alone so if you have summer plans, join Pastor John when you can!

Small Group Protocols

  • Practice physical distancing. 
  • Masks are required and must be worn at all times while  in the building with others around. 
  • Contact the office immediately if you have attended a church function and test positive for COVID or begin to show symptoms. We will immediately begin contact tracing. 


    Pilgrim Women's Fellowship

    Come to our meeting on Thursday, May 6, at 10:00 a.m. to learn of a fascinating man of faith that changed the world. This review is a continuation of a year-long study of inspired world figures with God at the center of their lives. Our subject is Dag Hammarskjold, the second Secretary General of the United Nations. He was appointed in 1953.

    We meet in the Coffee Room off the sanctuary and follow the Church’s COVID protocol for Small Groups.

    The group continues a mission project finding ways to support the staff at Joyful Noise school and contribute to a scholarship program for enrolled families in need.

    A field trip is planned for Wednesday, May 12, to go Blueberry picking at the Albritton farm in Sarasota. Transportation will be provided by private car caravan. We will leave the church parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and we will return at noon.

    Join us for fun and fellowship.

    Join us as we meet and share how God is present in our lives.


    Boy Scouts of America

    The BSA serves duly constituted, community-based organizations and offers an educational resource program based on duty to God and duty to country. Pilgrim church serves as chartered organization to Troop and Pack 351 – boy scouts and cub scouts.  The chartered organization provides leadership, meeting facilities, encouragement, and other support as needed.  In return, the boys perform flag ceremonies, at special services, cook breakfast on Scout Sunday, and collect food donations for the church food pantry, just to name a few activities that are mutually beneficial.

    The Boy Scouts meet every Monday evening at 7:00 PM during the school year in the Pilgrim Church Community Center, Cub Scouts meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Summer programming varies. Please contact church office for more information.

    Weekly Food Pantry

    Mondays 10:00 a.m until 11:30 a.m. Neighbors and friends are welcomed to stop for a bag of groceries.

    Items needed to support this ministry:

    • canned soup
    • saltine crackers
    • beef stew
    • canned pasta
    • canned tomatoes
    • canned green beans
    • canned pork n beans
    • canned carrots
    • canned corn
    • canned mixed veggies
    • assorted canned beans
    • canned peas
    • canned fruit
    • ramen noodles
    • spaghetti sauce
    • dry pasta (assorted)
    • mac n cheese
    • mashed potatoes
    • canned potatoes
    • rice & dry beans
    • dry cereal & grits
    • oatmeal
    • pancake mix
    • syrup
    • peanut butter
    • jelly
    • snacks
    • canned tuna
    • toilet paper
    • paper towels



    Prayer Shawls

    Do you have a dear friend or relative who needs the comfort and strength of a prayer shawl? Please call the church and we would be happy to share one with you.                                                                                                                                         

    Mission Outreach Ministry

    Opportunities exist for Pilgrims, both adult and youth, to participate in annual international and local outreach.  Activities have included trips to Cameroon, Mississippi, Texas, Jamaica, NY and Arizona as well as local service to the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Virginia B. Andes Free Clinic and Habitat for Humanity, YoungLife, Wings of Shelter, among others.
    Monthly Missions are:
    • Food Pantry is currently available on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month.
    • PB&J Sandwich Makers assemble the classic comfort food for the homeless on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
    • Serving at the Homeless Coalition on 3rd & 5th Fridays every month.

    Stephen Ministry

    Lonely? Sad? Discouraged?

    Are you or a friend going through a tough time—emotionally or spiritually? Struggling with a crisis in life? Or simply feeling down?

    Consider letting a Stephen Minister help. A Stephen Minister is a member of our congregation who is trained to listen, care,  encourage, pray, and walk alongside you during difficult times. It’s confidential, free, and very helpful.

    To request a Stephen Minister or to learn more about the program, please reach out to Wini Bender at 941-875-4682.

    Joyful Noise Learning Center

    Our School offers low ratios in a Christian, high-quality educational environment. The curriculum is full of fun and adventurous activities in a faith-based atmosphere.  Program hours are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm for one year olds thru fifth graders. We are both (NAC) National Accreditation Commission Accredited and Gold Seal Accredited.

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    Joyful Noise Learning Center Mission Statement
    Pilgrim United Church of Christ is a community responding to God’s call. Our mission is to reach out to all people and help them grow in their faith and to know God personally.

    JOYFUL NOISE is a ministry of Pilgrim Church. We believe childhood is precious. In a world where children are often forced to grow up too soon we offer a community of gentleness and safety where Christian values of kindness, honestly, and respect of God and others are taught with loving care.

    JOYFUL NOISE provides creative learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate and nurture children to thrive intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, socially, artistically and physically. We instill a genuine love of learning while providing a broad, challenging and stimulating education. We promote self-reliance and establish a supportive and nurturing learning environment for students of varied talents and abilities.

    We maintain a strong, inclusive, family atmosphere committed to Christian values while honoring the socioeconomic, ethnic and religious diversity within our school community.