The “grandparent” of Pilgrim Congregational Church was founded
in 1685 and we are one of the oldest continuing churches in Nashua. We have
been gathering in our current building since 1956. We are a member congregation
of the United Church of Christ (UCC).
While we have a long heritage, we are more concerned about the present and
future. We seek to be a people of authentic Christian witness devoted to God’s
Word of Truth and Shalom—peace, justice, and well-being for all persons
regardless of race, color, or creed. Our governance is democratic in principle
with each member having right of voice at all committee meetings and right of
vote at all congregational meetings.
Looking for more information about us?
- History — More about the
history of Pilgrim Congregational Church, from the 1600’s until today
- Organization — Some
information about how our local church is organized
- Facilities — For those
interested in reserving Pilgrim Church for an event
How We Practice Our Faith
At Pilgrim Church, we use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Holy
Bible. The National Council of Churches (of which the UCC is a member) has
information about the
NRSV. The NRSV Bible is viewable online at oremus.org
(if we refer to Bible verses in this site, we usually link to the appropriate
page at Oremus).
The Sacraments of Baptism and Communion
We celebrate Baptism and Communion as sacraments, visible symbols of God’s
extraordinary, creative, redemptive, enduring love for all. Because sacraments
represent God’s wondrous grace and awesome love, we neither presume a
specific level of intellectual understanding nor church membership as a requirement
for receiving them. We believe openness to God’s grace to be sufficient
for partaking of them.
Baptism is a symbol of God’s caring love for every person. Baptism is
a prerequisite for full membership in our church. Parents who want to have their
children baptized meet with our church minister to discuss the meaning of Baptism
and the implications of the promises they make at the time of Baptism. Older
youth or adults who want to be baptized meet with our church minister to discuss
All worshippers are welcome to receive Communion regardless of age, baptism,
or membership status. We believe young children learn about its meaning as they
partake of the sacrament in the context of our worship and participation in
the educational and mission life of our congregation. Our liturgy does not require
Communion to be celebrated at each service; in our congregation, we typically
have one Communion service each month (usually the first Sunday of the month).
Words We Live By
In addition to the UCC Statement of Faith, we
also have a church covenant, mission statement, and vision statement, all
of which were drawn up by members of our congregation (albeit over a span of
more than 300 years).
The Covenant of Pilgrim Church
Adopted by the gathered congregation in 1685
“We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the Word and the will
of God. We purpose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and
to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church to witness
to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshipping God, and
striving for truth, justice, and peace. As did our fathers, we depend on the
Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the kingdom
of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal
Our Mission Statement
Adopted by the gathered congregation in 1988
“As members and friends of Pilgrim Church, we hold it to be our mission to
worship God our Creator, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Savior,
and to call upon the Holy Spirit, our comforter, to guide us in our Christian
“United as the body of Christ, we seek to serve our brothers and sisters in
this church and local community, and to spread the love and word of God throughout
the world, as Christ himself has commissioned us to do.
“We gladly accept the cost and joy of discipleship, striving to follow in
the footsteps of Christ.
“We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look
forward with faith to the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.”
Our Vision Statement
Adopted by the gathered congregation in 2006
“We see a church growing in …
- Members and Friends!
- Age and Ethnic Diversity!
- Caring for One Another through Church
Support Group Networks!
- Meeting Human Need through Financial Generosity and
Giving of Talents!”
Becoming a Member or Friend
We care about you. If you find sanctuary and meaning in our worship and mission,
we hope you will make our church community your spiritual home.
Periodically, we offer an orientation for those interested in learning more
about and/or joining our community of faith. If you want more information,
or have concerns of any kind, please speak to our pastor, or any usher or
Diaconate member. Or feel free to just call the church office, or fill out
information request form, and we will do our best to help.