Pilgrim Fellowship is a place for people in grades 6-12 to come together for
fun, fellowship and service. We encourage our young people to bring their
friends. Our main focus is service, but we value authentic experiences of all
kinds: spiritual, cultural or just fun. Usually see each other a couple of times
a month, especially in Stanley’s kitchen.
We are an Open and Affirming group. We have opened our doors to
Chatham High School’s Gay Straight Alliance to host their coffee house.
Service: We cook for our Family Promise guest, prepare pancake breakfasts for the congregation, bake cookies for Stanley’s college students or for the midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, and also cook and share intimate dinners with our minister. It’s also where we store donated food for our three annual Bridges lunch-making sessions, where our high schoolers deliver food and fellowship to our homeless friends in New York, Newark and Irvington. This year, three of our members are attending Bridges’ Teens Tackle Homelessness Conference as well.
Spiritual: We make a point of introducing our youth to other faiths. Every year
PF makes at least one visit to another house of worship. Past trips include a
Hasidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a Hindu Temple and the
Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City where we climbed to the roof on a
“vertical tour.” PF likes to go the theater.
Fun: We saw the “Fantastiks” last year and this year will be seeing Chatham Players’ “Sherlock Holmes.” We always end the year with our “Leap of Faith,” rock climbing party at Chatham’s Gravity Vault. PF youth are treated to this event in gratitude for the many hours of service they joyfully contribute during the year.