Outreach

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.  Acts 20:28

Saturday Breakfast

Helping the needy of Leominster is an important part of our community outreach. Pilgrim Congregational Church works in partnership with Our Daily Bread to provide breakfast for those in need on Saturday mornings from 8 A.M. to 9 A.M. We serve between 60 and 80 people, as well as offering baked goods to take home.

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Pilgrim Congregational Church has been a part of the local Interfaith Hospitality Network since 2003. The Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network (MIHN) is part of the national Interfaith Hospitality Network system which began in 1988. In September 2003 the Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network opened to serve the Fitchburg - Leominster area.

MIHN is a non-profit coalition of local congregations that provide temporary shelter to families in crisis. MIHN provides families and children with a temporary place to reside while they search for affordable housing. Volunteers from each participating congregation prepare meals, provide supervision, and lend a helping hand to families on a rotating weekly basis. Each congregation "hosts" our guests in a central location for one week at a time. Each Sunday the next congregation in the rotation takes over the hosting of the guest families. Volunteers from Pilgrim Congregational Church take place in the weekly rotation of congregations so that families can have the opportunity to get back on their feet and have a safe place to call home. Without the worry of where they can eat and sleep, parents can concentrate on working and saving money so they can afford to find permanent housing again.

Pilgrim House in Karachi, Pakistan

Pilgrim Congregational Church sponsors a sister church in Karachi, Pakistan.

It is not easy to be in a Christian community in Pakistan, since the government forbids the people to build Christian churches in Karachi. A member of Pilgrim Church here in Leominster has donated his home in Karachi so that our sister church can be housed there and the congregants will have a place to worship.

Pilgrim Congregational Church in Leominster sends funds each year as part of our mission work so that the people of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Karachi can have a sacred space to worship and can compensate their worship leader.

Food Pantry

As part of our dedication to God, each week the people of Pilgrim Congregational Church collect non-perishable food for the needy in the Leominster area, and distribute it to the hungry who come to us for help.

The food pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.  A bag of non-perishable food is allocated to each person every four weeks.  We turn no one away.

Donations can be dropped off by calling the church office at 978-534-5164. Please, no glass jars.

Missions

We participate in the United Church of Christ charitable work by supporting "Our Church’s Wider Mission." Three offerings bring vital ministries and hope to people in the United States and around the world - One Great Hour of Sharing, Neighbors in Need, and The Christmas Fund.

Pilgrim Congregational Church supports Church World Service by sponsoring an annual Crop Walk to Stop Hunger, and the Church World Service Tool and Blanket Drive. We raise money each year for SOUP’er Bowl Sunday, collect money for distressed mothers with young children, and collect hats, mittens, and coats each year for those in our community who need them.

Our mission work also includes educational scholarships for our church members.

Our members of Pilgrim Congregational Church give gifts of care and compassion which will keep giving throughout the years to families suffering from the aftermath of local and international disasters or who live grinding poverty each day. We at Pilgrim Congregational Church have an abiding and lasting commitment to care for people suffering from disaster, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and disease.