We’re a church plant in Mercer County seeking to connect more deeply with the love of God. We come from all walks of life and are a community who is trying to journey with God, believing that life is better lived together. Some of us have roots in Mercer County and some of us are only here for a season of our lives. Regardless, we hope to be a place where people can find support and ‘fuel’ for wherever they are in their own journey with God. We at Pilgrim want to live at God’s pace and in God’s timing, slowing down to ask, “What is God up to?” so that we might grow in curiosity and humility. We want to know more of the love of God in Jesus so that we can be people of love and service in our community. We cannot wait to meet you.
Our gatherings often feel organic – and thoughtful. Sometimes they include contemplation, discussion, a meal, singing, prayer, and occasionally a short talk. We’ve explored questions like what makes a well lived life? What work is worth doing? How can I experience God’s love?
We’re a small church plant that meets in homes (hence no address here). We’d love to welcome you!
Born in New Jersey but raised elsewhere, Liz is amazed to have found her way back to the Garden State. She began following Jesus after undergrad, which led her to work for a campus ministry to boarding schools all over New England. At the same time, she stumbled upon a Vineyard church plant in New Haven– now Elm City Vineyard– full of folks who wanted to see the good things of God flourish in their city. Liz was into this generous, hospitable, and curious vision of the Kingdom of God and after completing her M.Div at Duke, she moved to Mercer County to start planting Pilgrim Vineyard Church.
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At Pilgrim, we believe that faith is lived out in relationship with a living, active God, which means it’s pretty hard to reduce to words on a page. We do our best to share what we learn along the way in gatherings, meals, in life lived together. That said, we connect with and affirm the historic statements of faith expressed by the people of God. Creeds like the Nicene Creed connect us with the many people who have experienced life in Jesus throughout the centuries and around the world.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father. And he will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Finally, the Pilgrim Vineyard Church is a member church of the Vineyard USA and we affirm the Vineyard’s 5 Core Values.