Council Response to COVID-19

The decision was made once again because of our age mix that it was too soon to open for in person worship. This decision was again reviewed at the General Council meeting on June 23. The Council voted to remain close in light of the current virus trend for the safety of our congregation and staff. The Council will meet again on July 28.

Pilgrim Focused Prayer Topics

HOW God Cares for Me

 JULY 5 – Thank YOU, Lord, that goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.  Psalm 23:6

 JULY 12 – Thank YOU for the “living hope” described in 1 Peter 1:3.

 JULY 19 – Thank YOU, Lord, that I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

 JULY 26 – Help me to accomplish Your will for my life. Ephesians 2:10


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.

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 and the Cub Scouts meet every Tuesday at 7:00 PM during the school year in the Pilgrim Church Community Center. Summer programming varies. Please contact church office for more information.

Support Groups

Depression and Grief Support Group meets every Wednesday 6:30 pm in the Community Center – AKA THE FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE GROUP. He lifted me out of the pit of despair. He set my feet on solid ground.

 * No small groups are currently meeting at Pilgrim Church. 


OA meets at 10:00 AM  every Thursday in the Coffee Room.

AA Women meets in the Community Center Library on Monday’s at 7:00 PM

 Al-Anon meeds WEDNESDAYs at 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM  in the Library.

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.

Bible Studies on hold until further notice

The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study Group meets at 9:15 AM in the Library. Discussion led by David and Judi Wilson, currently studying the book of Psalms.

Eileen Murray is leading a Bible Study. Every other Wednesday, 10:30 am.

There are online studies you can subscribe to here.



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.


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.