What happens after the Pilgrimage Weekend?
After the weekend comes the ‘Fourth Day’, literally, all the days following the three-day weekend. In fact, the ’Fourth Day’ is what we call ourselves following this experience.
Participants continue to be nurtured through small groups (Renewal Groups) in the local churches and through periodic gatherings (Ultreya/Gatherings) regionally and statewide.
Churches that have had a number of members attend Pilgrimage weekends report a much higher proportionate participation in the work of the church by the Fourth Day. For example, one church reported that about 50% of its small group and church committee membership is made up of Pilgrimage participants, even though only 10% of its membership had attended a Pilgrimage weekend.
In addition to helping with the ministry of the church, the ‘Fourth Day’ is active in supporting future Pilgrimage activities by serving on the Council or a weekend team, providing scholarships, attending Renewal small groups and many other ways to help reform their environments to God’s glory.
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God.” 1 John 3:1
Florida Presbyterian Pilgrimage – Church Representation
|Aldersgate United MC – Sumter SC||Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson TX|
|Celebration Church of Jacksonville||Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, Elmhurst IL|
|Faith Presbyterian Church, Cape Coral||First Presbyterian Church, Douglasville GA|
|First Presbyterian Church, Ft Lauderdale||First Presbyterian Church, Ft St Lucie|
|First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville||First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood|
|First Presbyterian Church, Ocala||First Presbyterian Church, Palm City|
|First Presbyterian Church, Pompano Beach||First Presbyterian Church, Brighton CO|
|Glades Presbyterian Church, Boca Raton||Grace Presbyterian Church, Orlando|
|Greensboro United Methodist, Greensboro GA||Kanapaha Presbyterian Church, Gainesville|
|King Presbyterian Church, Ocala||Marion Oaks Presbyterian Church, Ocala|
|Oakdale Presbyterian Church, Clover SC||Orange Park Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville|
|Palm City Presbyterian Church, Palm City||Palmetto Presbyterian Church, Mt Pleasant SC|
|Pine Castle United Methodist, Orlando||Plantation Presbyterian Church, Ft Lauderdale|
|Rockville Presbyterian Church, Wadmalaw Is SC||St Andrew Presbyterian Church, Sun City Cnt FL|
|St George Episcopal, The Villages||Shettler Presbyterian Church, FL|
|Southminster Presbyterian, Gastonia NC||Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville|
|Sunset Presbyterian Church, Ft Lauderdale||United Methodist Church, Ruskin|
|United Methodist Church, St Pete’s Beach||United Methodist Church, Sun City Center|
|Willow Creek PCA, Winter Springs|
What is the purpose of Presbyterian Pilgrimage?
The purpose is to help people gain a deeper understanding of God’s love for them; to appropriate Jesus’ will for their lives and to help reform their environments for Christ. Experience has shown that attendees return home with a renewed commitment to serve in the work of the church as a result of their newly refreshed knowledge of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Is Pilgrimage in tune with the teachings of the Presbyterian Church?
Yes, the Presbyterian Pilgrimage operations manual was written by the Rev. Dr. Fred Keith as part of his doctoral thesis in his course of study for a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1989 from Columbia Theological Seminary.
All Worship leaders are Presbyterian ordained clergy. Presbyterian Pilgrimage is faithful to the teachings of scripture and to the reformed doctrine of the Presbyterian Church. All Talk-givers must follow strictly scripted outlines that adhere to reformed theology.