Advent and Christmas


Advent marks the beginning of the Christian Liturgical Year, a time to pause to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Each Sunday in Advent, we light a new Advent Wreath candle, symbolizing hope, peace, joy, and love to prepare for Christmas to come.


Pilgrim Church hosted the annual Carols and Cocoa for a Cause in December. The community gathers around the “Mitten Tree” in Pilgrim Hall. New warm winter gear and new toys decorated the tree while families and friends enjoyed cocoa and sang favorite Christmas carols. The event lasts about 30 minutes and all donated items go to support East End House in Cambridge. It’s always an outstanding opportunity for the community to bring warmth and joy to those in need.


Every year, members of the church, both children and adults, perform as lambs, angels, and shepherds for the Christmas pageant! 

Our children and Youth tell the Christmas Story infused with song and special music from the Pilgrim Choir. On this day the Pilgrim Choir will also sing portions of Handel’s Messiah!


We offer a meditative service for winter solstice, on or near December 21st, the longest night of the year. Christmas can be a time of great joy, but also can bring sadness for those who have experienced or are in the midst of loss, illness, or pain. Longest Night allows us to reflect on these myriad emotions with others in our quiet candlelit sanctuary. Extensive organ music and lovely hymns are performed, and readings and prayers spoken. All are welcome to join this restorative service.


We celebrate the birth of Jesus with a Lessons and Carols service for all ages. This festive service features beautiful vocal and instrumental music. At the end of the service, we sing Silent Night by candlelight, and a resounding chorus of Joy to the World.