The Earthing Faith gathering on 6th June, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, will introduce the idea of ‘Forest Church’ and explore how we might nurture expressions of this way of being church in our local areas and hear from those already running such groups.
The ethos of Forest Church is a fresh expression in nature, and draws on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places.
Moments of wonder and awe are important sources of spiritual growth and they often occur in nature. The idea of Forest Church is to embrace this and provide spaces for us to connect and journey with God in nature. There are a number of Forest Church groups already meeting across the country and Bruce Stanley, who will be with us for the evening, has written a book called Forest Church: A Field Guide to Nature Connection For Groups and Individuals (details of book here).
Join us for the evening to explore, practice and discuss the ideas. Hear from others doing similar things. You might also want to discuss plans of how you might start your own Forest Church or incorporate into your church activities.
Venue: the evening will take place in Wytham Woods on the edge of Oxford and will be largely based outdoors.
Times: starting from 7.30pm until 9.30pm on Thursday, 6th June 2013
The evening is free of charge and open to anyone, but we do ask you to register using the form below – you will then be able to download the details for details of where to meet etc.
Please note: The evening activities will require walking in the woods and uneven surfaces so participants will need to be physically fit to walk in such terrain. Undercover facilities will mean the event will happen whatever the weather – so participants will need to dress appropriately for all weather conditions.
The evening will follow a daytime retreat day at Wytham Woods that costs £22 and is limited to 25 places – for more details and to book for the day click here.
Questions? Contact Matt Freer, Diocesan Environment Officer.