A Marvelous First Year as a Church

On January 1, 2012 we started a new church called the Pilgrimage. We did this after I answered God’s call to start a non-traditional church that would appeal to a small group of like-minded people who just don’t fit into or are tired of traditional, corporate, institutional Christianity. We’re still an extremely small group, but God has allowed us to do some amazing things that such a small group should not be able to do.

We came a long way from this first leadership meeting…

1st Leadership Mtg_B&N

In 2012 our small little gathering of folks which averaged no more than 11 people per service and…

  • Gave away $3209.31 in funds
  • Held 54 church services
  • Hosted a church service at the XCon Comic Book, Horror, and Science Fiction Convention in Myrtle Beach
  • Hosted 7 guest speakers-
  1. Caitlin Beidler, artist, founder of Making Roots, missionary to Haiti. theredemptionart.com and makingroots.org
  2. Ricardo Walker, missionary to France. ricardo33ad.blogspot.com
  3. David Parks, founder of the Coastal Animal Rescue shelter. coastalanimalrescue.org
  4. Mary Anne Benedetto, author. maryannebenedetto.blogspot.com
  5. Jeff Cole, founder of Project James and missionary to Haiti. Projectjames.org
  6. Sarah Grooms, Campus Crusade for Christ missionary at the College of Charleston. Cru.org
  7. Raven Hyman, World Race missionary. ravenhyman.theworldrace.org
  • Started a 2nd service at Starbucks Surfside on Wednesday nights
  • Gave away 10 grocery bags of food to South Strand Helping Hand and other needy families
  • Gave away 3 Bibles
  • Filled 5 Rice Bowls to fight world hunger (ricebowls.org)
  • Hosted an anniversary party to celebrate one year of post stroke recovery for one of our regulars
  • Baptized 2 people in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Helped with the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics with 7 people plunging into the Atlantic Ocean in January
  • Gave 54 pounds of peanut butter to Project James for an orphanage in Haiti
  • Had 5 people join the American Heart Association Heart Walk in October
  • Purchased 500 special coffee sleeves to generate Hep C awareness to give to Fresh Brewed, a coffeehouse ministry in Myrtle Beach (freshbrewedcoffeehouse.com)
  • Held a shoebox party where we filled, packed, and shipped 15 shoeboxes full of toys for Operation Christmas Child
  • Filled and gave away 56 Pilgrimage goodie bags
  • Donated to a cancer memorial for a friend’s wife who passed away
  • Sent a 25 pound box of Christian literature to a ministry that sends it to overseas churches (elhm.org)
  • Purchased 14 animals for a village overseas through World Vision (worldvision.org)
  • Partially funded a sex trafficking investigation in Southeast Asia
  • Provided almost $300 worth of food to a needy family in Socastee

We’re already looking forward to what our little band of brethren is going to do in 2013!

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