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400 Years Ago, the Separatists arrived

400 years ago, a little over 100 English men, women and children sailed across the stormy Atlantic to settle on the shores of New England, in what we now know as Plymouth. We refer to them as Pilgrims, but in their day they were known as Separatists – those who strove to separate themselves from the moral corruptions and religious compromises of Europe. There hope was to establish a true community of believers, a vision based on their reading of the New Testament scriptures. Their commitment to see this come about is seen by the high price they paid to establish themselves in a hostile wilderness, and by the fact that when given a chance to return to England, none were willing.

Their goal: the “primitive pattern”

Their Separatist vision of establishing a community of believers based on the primitive pattern of the New Testament scriptures was never fully realized, but their lives and sacrifices were not in vain. William Bradford, longtime governor and the colony’s main historian, wrote to those in the future who would read about their courageous attempt and regard them as “steppingstones … for the performing of so great a work.”

Painting of the Common Garden 1621-1622

Separatists Then and Now

Twenty years ago, our people came to Plymouth to establish a spiritual community based on the primitive pattern of the early church. Like the early Pilgrim Separatists, we too have separated ourselves from undesirable social and religious compromises of our times.

Our Plymouth community purchased the old Smith building in Plymouth’s historic district in 1999. This Thanksgiving season 2021 – the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in America – we are hosting several events in our newly-opened Yellow Deli. The original artwork tells the story of those early Plymouth settlers.