Missions and Outreach
Our mission is to serve and honor Christ in the world through our service and the service of our congregation. We meet needs that God calls us to outside our church walls: in the local area, within the US and abroad. The Mission and Outreach committee organizes the projects that God lays before us and provides opportunities for the congregants to become involved.
We pray that through our service those we serve meet Christ or grow in their relationship with him.
Operation Christmas Child
by Samaritan's Purse International Relief is one of the ministries Pilgrim Covenant Church supports.
Granby, Southwick and Westfield Food Banks
Pilgrim Covenant Church takes collections for non-perishable food items for the local food banks. Non-perishable food items can be brought to the church at any time.
Westfield Soup Kitchen
Pilgrim Covenant Church supplies meals to the soup kitchen. Watch for the sign-up poster in Jackson Hall to see what foods are needed and sign-up for volunteers. Cash donations can be given to David Willoughby. Food must be in church kitchen by 2:00pm on the Monday the church provides the meal.
Covenant World Relief
Covenant World Relief has been the Evangelical Covenant Church’s response to human suffering and injustice in the world for more than 60 years.
KICY Covenant Radio Station
Our annual care package of chocolates, coffees and nuts are collected and sent to Covenant radio station KICY in Nome, Alaska. KICY broadcasts the Good News of Jesus Christ into Alaska and Russia. In addition we participate in 100% Sunday by inviting the congregants to donate $1.00 each to support this mission.
This year (2018) we were able to ship 23lbs of selected goodies to the 7 staff members at KICY radio station. In addition $69.25 was raised for postage and $220.00 was given in support of the station's operating budget.
Annual "Hope Totes" initiative for the Springfield Rescue Mission saw the collection of many overflowing boxes of toiletries.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Red Cross Blood Drive was organized and held at Pilgrim Covenant Church. Many pints of blood were collect.
International Potluck Feast for Charity
An Annual International Potluck Feast was held on May 12th. Iwas attended by 50 people and featured the Springfield Rescue Mission. The mission that provides care and shelter for homeless men. A donation was taken after the dinner that went to the Mission.
Crisis Pregnancy "Baby Bottle Fundraiser"
Starting on Mother's Day and ending on Father's Day. Baby bottle are given to congregants to fill with change and returned to the church. The money is delivered to help the unborn and their mother's at the Crisis Center.
Crisis Pregnancy "Baby Clothes Collection"
In December baby clothes were collected for the the babies born at the Crisis Pregnancy Center.
New England Seafarer's Mission
The New England Seafarer’s Mission has been serving seafarers in the port of Boston since the 1888’s. The mission began when a pastor began visiting Swedish ships. Today, NESM provides outreach to the international work force of women and men who make their living at sea on industrial and cruise ship ocean going vessels. NESM offers physical support by way of communication with their families at home, transport for crew through secure marine terminals for shore leave, a center for cruise ship personnel for money transfer, postage and parcel service and a commissary. The mission also offers advocacy for legal, medical or personal issues. The mission serves approximately 25,000 people from 159 countries annually.
NESM is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church and is a cooperating ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The staff and volunteers at the mission affirm to the seafarers who pass through the ports of New England that they are loved by God and that they have dignity as an in individual created in God’s image.
You can support by participating in a Cruise Ship Mission Day where we go to Boston and man the mission center when a ship in port, donations to the Ditty Bag Ministry (sewing ditty bags or knitting hats), praying for seafarers who are separated from their families for many months while working in dangerous conditions, and though financial donations to the mission.
Additional information can be found on the website: www.neseafarers.org.