Posts Categorized: Outdoor church

Are We Forest Church?

We split our time this morning between meeting in the bandstand and under the stark, bare winter beauty of the weeping beech. Looking on the internet last week for some resources about outdoor church I came across the following: “If you asked me to describe a transcendent moment, the first one that jumps to mind… Read more »

Christmas Eve at the bandstand

So, it was relatively mild this morning – although Paul would hotly (?) dispute that! It was good to have Kitty and Harry back with us and we had a very festive bring and share time of worship together. Paul began with a favourite and heartfelt Psalm of thanksgiving, then Grayden shared two articles from… Read more »

Putting Jesus back into Christmas

Frost glistening on the grass, winter sun rising over Riber if we were singers we would have sung out … “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,                                      Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;”… Read more »

Hands and Feet

Autumn seems to have struck … A misty morning, temperature low – what a shame we have  been asked to wear sandals. Moving to the place under the beech tree we love so much we began with a Litany from the Iona Community Worship Book The God of Columba  The litany reminded us of those… Read more »

Bring and share at the bandstand

One of the things I love most about our times at the bandstand is the constant sense of surprise at what comes! This morning, instead of one of us preparing and leading the session, we had a ‘bring and share’ arrangement. It turned out to be poignant and moving beyond expectation. Fiona began with her… Read more »

Being Like Jesus

Meeting outside and enjoying the sunshine and bird song I often whimsically think we may be a bit “Franciscan”. So I began to look at the life of St. Francis.    A few months ago at Third Space  we talked about how in today’s world only certain types of Christians seem to get respect. Poets,… Read more »

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Yesterday our opening worship in the park began with a welcome: welcome to what you cannot see to what you cannot control to what you cannot ignore to what you cannot hide from welcome the welcome is universal the entrance is free the invitation is open the hand is extended the time is now….. welcome… Read more »