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Welcome to Pilgrim!

We’re happy you found us! We’ve been waiting to tell you our story and to show you what Pilgrim Church has to offer.

You may be looking for a community who welcomes you as you are. You may be asking how a 2,000 year-old religion could still feel vibrant and be relevant.

You may be looking for a church community to help nurture your child. There are many reasons to visit Pilgrim. There are even more reasons to stay.

Pilgrims don’t all look alike or think alike or act alike. Here you are not required to leave your questions at home or come whole and happy. You are simply invited.

Come…and listen to the words of Jesus. Come…and know God’s welcome. Come…be a part of real life solutions to real life problems.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here…at Pilgrim.

From the Moderator

Welcome to the website of Pilgrim Congregational Church!  Hopefully this is the first step towards your own faith journey with us.  As a member church of the United Church of Christ, we are a congregation that believes in justice, equality, and faith development for all of God’s children.

Pilgrim was started in Oak Park, IL in 1874, and has been a vibrant part of Oak Park life since then. While we are a moderate sized congregation, we are very active both inside and outside of our walls. Inside our walls we have many social, educational, and musical programs that are of interest to adults and children. We also are home to the Pilgrim Community Nursery School that provides affordable, quality care for preschool children. Outside our walls we try to be in partnership and service to the many individuals and organizations in our local community that are seeking the same things we are.  However, we don’t stop locally, as we also perform service projects and support mission activities across our country and around the world.

Youth have a special place at Pilgrim. We provide many social activities and opportunties for them to learn about God's love for them and others. We engage both the hearts and the minds of our youth as we try to guide them along a path that's right for them.

Uniquely, because Pilgrim comes from the Congregational tradition, congregants are active in steering the direction of the church and acting as its governing body. If you are interested in engaging your mind, harnessing your talents, and putting your faith in action, you need look no further for a great faith community. I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about what we do and who we are.


Bruce Cox, 2016 Moderator

Opportunity for all Youth

CONNECT – This unique worship experience entitled CONNECT will take place each Sunday following the Children's Message beginning September 18th during our morning worship at 11:00. Our goal is to continue the worship experience that has already begun in the sanctuary in a more engaging way for all of our youth (Ages 4-18) utilizing the Seasons of the Spirit worship material that is used in our worship service. We want the morning worship experience to be enriching and engaging for all of our church family so join us as we stay Connected with God thru story, art, music and service each Sunday.

 For more information contact Maureen Deahl Director of Christian Education at Maureen.deahl@pilgrimoakpark.org
Or Associate Pastor Gloria Cox Youth and Young Adult at  Gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org




Pilgrim Bowling Event

All Age Event!

Saturday, May 6, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Note: Being rescheduled due to a date conflict

Cost: $22 per person includes 2 games of bowling, shoes, unlimited cheese pizza, dessert, and soft drinks.

Brunswick Zone
311 River Road , River Grove

(corner of Belmont & River Road)


From the Pastor

Pilgrim Congregational Church United Church of Christ practices radical hospitality making room within the life of this faith community for people of differing ages, races, abilities, orientations, faith practices, political persuasions. We engage each other, lift each other up, and challenge each other to be better at what God has called each of us to do.

We practice passionate worship, involving many people in planning and leading worship that touches the mind and the heart and the senses. We explore our faith traditions and consider how the world in which we live requires us to be just and merciful and humble.

We are intentional about our faith development and offer a range of opportunities for members, friends, and the wider community to join us for worship, for meditation, for small group discussions, and for Sunday school for children, teenagers, and adults.

We are committed to the wider community in risk-taking mission and outreach, supporting a wide range of organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. We participate in the United Church of Christ, a progressive Christian denomination. We are involved in the Oak Park River Forest Community of Congregations. And our Donut Ministry supports and empowers the work of sixteen donut partners.

We are a generous congregation supporting the work of Pilgrim as well as the wider church and community organizations. We contribute to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Cluster Tutoring, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, The Night Ministry, West Suburban PADS, Prevail (Walk In Ministry), Chicago Theological Seminary, and many other organizations.

Come for a visit or join us for the journey. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Pilgrim Church.

Blessings to you,

Rev. Sally Iberg, Senior Pastor

Please explore our website, visit us or call our Senior Pastor at (708) 848-5868
To learn more about the United Church of Christ, go to ucc.org

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