Field Education Sites

Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Lexington

55 Coolidge Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Phone: (781) 862-0357
Fax: (781) 861-0804
Web address:

Contact Person(s):

Rev. Sally Thatcher

Organization Description:

Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC is a mid-size church of 230 adult members and 80 children with an average of 140 in worship. There is strong lay leadership. We enjoy music, offer adult education opportunities several times during the year, and have several active small-group ministries. We participate in mission projects locally and in Honduras and Tar Creek, OK. We host a town-wide, interfaith program called "Room at the Table," that focuses on consciousness-raising about worldwide issues of poverty or disaster and helps raise funds to address those needs.

The youth group meets for occasional events. We encourage our intern to gain experience with this age group but qualified lay leaders are in charge.

The congregation of Pilgrim Church is serious about its relationship with seminarians. We regard the Teaching Parish Ministry as one of our special callings. The position offers a wide range of pastoral opportunities frequent preaching, pastoral care, administration, worship, education. There is a strong Teaching Parish Committee which meets with the student each month to offer her or him guidance and support. The congregation as a whole is committed to the mission of being a laboratory for seminary education.

Weekly supervision is honored and taken seriously by the pastor.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

1. Worship and preaching; 2. Sacramental ministry; 3. Pastoral care; 4. Education Youth work, confirmation, and adult ed.; 5. Mission; 6. Administration;

12-15 hours per week.

Commute/Transportation Information:

Pilgrim is a 15 minute walk from the bus stop on the line from Harvard Square but a car would be an asset.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Denominational Polity
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development


Weekly one hour session with the pastor. Monthly support/supervision with the Teaching Parish Committee.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $5000.00

Type of Compensation: direct pay from site

Additional Notes: Site unavailable 2010-11.

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