This year we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the coming of the Mayflower with the Pilgrims, who settled in Plymouth in November of 1620. It is important to note that the Pilgrims of Plymouth and the Puritans of Boston who came in 1630 were two distinct groups. The Pilgrims were English Separatists, having separated from the Church of England. The Puritans were loyal to the Church of England. Both wanted to reform the Anglican Church; however, the Pilgrims thought it was hopeless, so they left the established church to begin their own church.
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. (Matthew 13:31-32)