Entries by Matt Freer

Exploring the abundance of summer

This article originally appeared in the Oxford Times The summer is here – the abundance of life is clearly all around us – nature is busy doing its thing! It is a time when we perhaps feel more connected to the earth. Delights for our senses are everywhere, from the sweetness of freshly picked strawberries […]

Renewing ourselves for a changing climate

This column first appeared in the Oxford Mail The climate has been much on our minds recently. With weeks of rain and flooding causing distress and disruption across the country. Local churches in Oxfordshire and beyond played their part in providing support and refuge, with St Luke’s, Canning Crescent, becoming known as the community’s ‘Noah’s […]

From tiny seeds in the dark…

A couple of weeks back I spent a Saturday afternoon with forty other people of all ages in the beauty of Wytham Woods. It was the first gathering of the Oxford Forest Church group, and we’d come together to explore nature and connect with God. On that clear crisp afternoon we spent time both together […]

Forest Church

Forest Church is a fresh expression in nature, drawing on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places and much older traditions when sacred places and practices were outside. The idea provides for a fresh way of connecting with God in nature, and local groups are springing up all […]

The spirituality of nature and children

Fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places; compared to almost half of children a generation ago. In the following article Matt Freer, Environment Advisor to the diocese, explores the growing gap between children and nature, and asks what roles can the church play in response? Nature Activities to use with children […]