Children & Youth & Adult Education Ministries

We are an intergenerational community where children, youth and adults worship, learn, work, have fun and serve together.   Questions are welcome, doubts are acceptable, and information is drawn from many sources.  What does it mean to be Christian in the 21st century?

Our  programs include:

    • Child care for the youngest
    • Sunday School for children ages 4-8th grade
    • Confirmation preparation for youth
    • Our Whole Lives sexuality education for youth
    • Adult discussion and study groups
    • Occasional speakers on topics of special or timely interest
    • Bible study and church history
    • Contemporary religious thought
    • Spiritual disciplines and practice
    • Comparative religion and spirituality
    • Updates on local, national and global issues related to social justice concerns
  • Discussions with artists and authors

Current offerings are listed in the worship bulletin available each Sunday and in the newsletter, published monthly.

The January 24, 2016 Music Play Date for Kids ages 0-4.

Child Care

Children’s Space offers a gathering space for children and is staffed on Sunday mornings.  There is space for infants and toddlers as well as media resources and art supplies for pre-schoolers and younger elementary age children.  Children’s Space is located on the first floor near the sanctuary and adjacent to the area used for coffee hour.

Sunday School

Sunday School is held each Sunday during the school year for children age 4 through 5th grade.  Children participate in the opening of the worship service.  After a Time With Children, they are excused to attend Sunday school. Students will meet upstairs in the Sun Room, where they will have story time, sharing time, play musical instruments, sing, and work with fun art materials.  Often the Biblical story corresponds to the texts used in the worship service.  Older children study social issues from the perspective of Biblical faith.

Vacation Bible School

Every summer a one week, half-day Vacation Bible School is offered in conjunction with Peace United Church of Christ, located less than a mile from Pilgrim.  Classes are held for children ages 4-5th grade.  Youth volunteer as small group leaders for younger children.


Welcome Letter for Fall 2019: Letter to Families and Youth Grades 6 – 12

Young Leaders (grades 6, 7 and 8) will typically meet twice each month.  Confirmation classes are available to youth 9th grade and older.  During confirmation instruction each youth works with an adult mentor to examine the meaning of Christian faith.  Learning takes place in the classroom as well as through church and community service.  At proposed schedule for 2019-2020 can be found here:  Proposed Schedule for Confirmation and Young Leaders

Information and the Registration form for the Fall 2019 Youth Retreat (for grades 6-12) are found here: September 7 Fall Youth Retreat Registration

Pilgrim youth are also encouraged to participate in Our Whole Lives, a human sexuality, values based curriculum.  Classes are held in conjunction with either neighboring Unitarian Universalist Church of Duluth or Peace UCC.

On March 15, Confirmation students and mentors met on Zoom (an on-line conferencing technology). We hosted guests Megan Perry Spears who has a Masters of Divinity and is the Dean of Students at The College of St. Scholastica and Mark Hakes who served as Pilgrim’s Faith Formation Coordinator and is now a Campus Minister at The College of St. Scholastica. Each confirmation student and mentor reflected on a series of questions and then shared their ideas with the group. This was followed by comments from our guests on the same topic based on their experiences and education.

Questions: How would you define religion, faith, spirituality and belief? And do you think that you can have one without the other?

Here is the collective response of the participants.


Pilgrim has an adult library which affords a quiet atmosphere for personal reading and individual study.  It is located on the second floor of the building.


Pilgrim provides occasional opportunities for men, women or families to enjoy time together apart from the usual routines of life.  Some events are weekend, overnight retreats;  others are are several hours in length and provide time for extended conversation and learning.

Service Learning

Pilgrim offers periodic mission projects and service trips. In 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018 and 2019, teams of youth and adults made a service learning trips to Guatemala. Other projects have included a 2007 trip to Biloxi, Mississippi for hurricane recovery work; a Mission Duluth experience with CHUM in 2006 and 2011, a trip to Heifer Project’s Overlook Farm in Massachusetts in 2004; and a trip to Jamaica in 2001; a service learning experience for our youth entering grades 7 and higher through Urban Immersion in Minneapolis.