PLAN A VISIT
We are so glad that you found us! Whether it is your first time hearing about us, or something you have been considering for a while, this page will provide all that you need to know to learn more about us and plan a visit.
We are presently under COVID restrictions which has resulted in the wearing of masks mandatory while in the church building, avoiding physical contact within the congregation, and limiting certain worship volunteers, such as ushers. Our Communion procedures have changed to a safer method of serving, and we are not providing nursery child care. As we closely monitor COVID statistics, updating our procedures will be forthcoming. Pilgrimage UCC takes the safety and care of our congregation very seriously, and we are pleased to still be able to worship together under these current conditions.
WHO WE ARE
Pilgrimage United Church of Christ is a progressive Christian church located in Marietta, Georgia. For the past 20 years we have been an Open and Affirming congregation; one that welcomes everyone.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
It’s simple. We believe that God's love is for everyone (yes, we really mean everyone.) Throughout the worship service you will hear important messages that reaffirm God’s unconditional love for you. It doesn’t matter who you are, or who you love, everyone is welcome at Pilgrimage United Church of Christ. From the moment you reach the driveway you will see and feel the extravagant welcome Pilgrimage United Church of Christ provides.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Pilgrimage United Church of Christ offers two service times. While the hymns, liturgy, and sermon are the same in both services, there are noticeable differences in the format of each service.
8:30 AM Service
As an intimate and meditative worship, the 8:30 service usually has a smaller group of participants. For those wanting a weekly communion experience, this is the service for you. Congregants wishing to participate, gather at the Communion table and serve one another bread and juice. A ritual of healing (laying of the hands) and focused prayer is held monthly for anyone in need. Music is piano only with occasional special performances. We’d love to have you join us.
10:00 AM Service
A traditional service with contemporary elements added in, the late service occasionally offers choir or handbell choir introit and anthem on special occasions. These musical offerings will be added weekly once Covid restrictions are lifted. Children ages 3 years through 2nd grade are encouraged to attend the first part of the service, which includes a children’s sermon. Upon the conclusion of the children’s sermon, they can participate in “Little Lambs Time,” which offers a craft and activity related to the scripture and sermon. Children return to the sanctuary in time for communion, passing of the peace, and the congregational song, Let There be Peace on Earth.Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month through the process of intinction. The worship service concludes with everyone in the congregation joining hands in a large circle around the sanctuary and singing Let There be Peace on Earth.
Before you arrive, please know that you you won’t see Pilgrimage from the road, only the sign. As you turn into the entrance and drive up the hill you will eventually see Pilgrimage UCC through the trees. Parking is available directly in front of the church on either side of the lot.
As you enter the building, you will be welcomed by an usher who will provide you with a bulletin, information about Pilgrimage, and will gladly help you find a seat in our sanctuary. Feel free to come with a cup of coffee or pick one up from the fellowship area before the service begins.
Prior to the pandemic, a nursery was provided for children aged 0-3 years during the 10:00 am service time. An usher or greeter would direct you to the nursery upon your arrival. The nursery is equipped with a pack and play, bouncer seat, and exersaucer jumper for the little ones and plenty of toys for toddlers, twos, and threes. We currently do not have a nursery staff worker because of Covid mandates.