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sponsored by Pilgrim Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Oak Park, IL   


About Pilgrim Congregational Church


Pilgrim Congregational Church is a member of the United Church of Christ, a worldwide, progressive Protestant denomination. Rooted in the Pilgrim tradition, we stress the freedom of each person to hear God speak and to see God acting in his or her life. And as people of faith, we stand in solidarity with the whole of creation, praying and working for justice and peace. 

We are an Active and Community Focused Congregation!!

Here Pilgrim's children and youth are active and creative in their efforts to CONNECT with God. The Youth Group also travel to do important mission work each year under the leadership of Rev. Gloria Cox and Maureen Deahl

Here Pastor Sally (center) with members of Pilgrim's Green Team work to promote Zero Waste (recycling and composting) at the 2015 Food Truck Rally.

Pilgrim has an active Green Team

Pilgrim works with other Oak Park area churches to feed the homeless; walk with cummunity to raise money in support of 

Our community is made up of persons of many faith traditions and no religious affiliation at all. Our diversity brings us many blessings. As you'll see, Pilgrim's spirit doesn't come from required creeds or uniformity of belief, but from being together and belonging to God.

It is our hope that wherever you’ve been before, you’ll find your way to Pilgrim soon. Here, you can be your self and be at home.
A Place for All
Pilgrim is known for its welcome and its sense of the holy. We believe that God's vision for us is to "be a home and to provide homes for all of God's people." Though our church house is large and historic, our church home feels familiar, a place to be your self. We seek to build a strong community, where families of origin and families of choice are honored and enriched. Join with us after service for a cup of coffee and a snack, participate in a social activity, and build lasting friendships at one of our retreats. You are welcome at Pilgrim!
Pilgrim's Youth Group on an Outing, 2015

A Place of Worship
Regardless of your religious background, we believe you will find both familiar and creatively new modes of worship at Pilgrim. In the same Sunday service you may experience an anthem by Handel and a hand-clapping Gospel song, a liturgy of prayer and open-mike prayer requests, powerful preaching and a hilarious children's sermon.   All in all, our worship is an expression of our diversity, including you.

A Place of Peace and Justice

Our commitment to God is not just "talk the talk" but includes "walk the walk." The  people of Pilgrim are both praying AND working to bring God's love to the  world and planet. Pilgrims are involved in The Crop Walk, PFLAG, and African AIDS orphans to mention only a few. As individuals and as a community we believe it is critical to be outspoken against injustice and intolerance. We hope you will join your voice and shoulder with ours as we strive for a better world.

Here Pastor Sally (center) with members of Pilgrim's Green Team work to promote Zero Waste (recycling and composting) at the 2015 Food Truck Rally.
A Place of Learning
Pilgrim is committed to education at all levels. In our Sunday child care and Sunday school for all ages, to music programs and public seminars - we hope that you will find Pilgrim both spiritually stimulating and intellectually satisfying.
A Place of Involvement
Most new visitors to Plgrim find that they are not visitors long. There are countless ways to become involved in the community of Pilgrim Church. From the choir loft to the kitchen, willing hands and open hearts are always welcome. We are convinced that everyone has a talent which God is calling into calling into service. When you are ready, you can find your place at Pilgrim.
A Place of Giving
As we have received so we should give back. There are many ways, both formal and informal, in which Pilgrims share the abundance of God's bounty. Pilgrim makes an annual Habitat for Humanity trip, participates in the Oak Park homeless ministries and supports worldwide outreach efforts of the UCC. It is not "all about money" - Pilgrims offer their time, talent and treasure to the needy. In small and great ways, we hope you too will find the joy in giving of yourself.

You Are Welcome Here!
You can find out more at the Pilgrim Congregational Church website or better yet, come see us Sunday morning. 10 am June to September and at 11 am September to June