About Us

Mission
We are called by God to be a Prophetic Witness in the city of Adelaide so that
New Life and Vitality will be generated in our city and in its people.

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Sunday Worship
Pilgrim Church is a community of people who have centred their Christian involvement in the heart of the city. As people are not identical, our patterns of worship are not identical.

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Mid-Week Worship
There are two mid-week services of Holy Communion which are held in the Chapel: on Tuesday at 8 am and Thursday at 12:15 pm, lasting about 30 minutes max.
These mid-week services are intended for busy people. Please join us for spiritual refreshment and calm in a bustling city. Optional coffee in the lounge after Tuesday 8am or byo lunch and relax in the Pilgrim Lounge on Thursday.
The church is accessible for prayer via the Lounge any time during office hours.

Children's Ministry
Pilgrim employs a part time Children's worker to work with young children attending our worship services. For more information on children's Christian Education program dates see the notice on the front page of this website.

Choir
The Pilgrim Choir takes part in our 11am service each Sunday, as well as on other special occasions in the church calendar. The Choir performs a wide range of traditional sacred music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Highlights of the year include a fully orchestrated Mozart mass for the Easter Day service, and a traditional candle-lit Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve.

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Concerts & Recitals
The church is regularly used by a number of community groups and organisations for concerts and recitals. Among the regular performers are The Firm and Recitals Australia.

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Ministers
Rev. Sandy Boyce [Deacon]
Rev. Dr. Greg Elsdon [Minister of the Word]
Cyrus Kung [Pastoral Worker]

Music Publications
Pilgrim hosts a community of talented musicians, songwriters and composers. Two publications used extensively by the 9:30am congregation include the work of local composers and writers.

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Office
The Church Office is open weekdays. Contact the office for hall and room bookings, weddings, publications and general enquiries.

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Organ
Our organ is a serious recital instrument rather than merely a large church organ and has drawn favourable comment from international artists. For details of recitals and performances contact our office or announcements on our website.

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Our History
Pilgrim Church is a part of the Uniting Church in Australia, which was formed by the Union of Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian Churches. Pilgrim Church came into being on the 1st of June, 1969, when the Pirie Street Methodist Church and Stow Congregational Church united to form one congregation.

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Revival Gothic - The Architecture
The present church building is a beautiful example of Revival Gothic, a style quite rare in South Australia.

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Social Justice
We believe that Social Justice is integral to the Gospel and at the heart of Pilgrim seeking to be a prophetic voice in the City of Adelaide.

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Stained Glass
The stained glass windows of Pilgrim Church include the original Stow Memorial Church windows (18 of them), those re-sited from Pirie Street Methodist Church (11), plus some later additions.

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Symposiums
Pilgrim Uniting Church regularly hosts an annual public symposium focussing on current social concerns. Currently we are in partnership with the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR) of the University of Adelaide.

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Weddings
Pilgrim Uniting Church is a favourite location for weddings in the city. Planning ahead is essential.

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