Forest Church

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Ecclesiastes 3:11.

We normally meet in the Pinewoods at 3pm on the fourth Sunday of every month for about 40 minutes. See our Facebook page for the latest news. Forest Church is for all ages.

Forest Church is much more than worshipping outdoors. We aim to enjoy nature in our time together and reflect our love and care for every aspect of God’s creation. Come along and give it a try.

Our theme in January was ‘Hidden‘. We were thinking about some of the hidden beauty of winter and what is going on under the surface.  As individuals, couples and families we had a walk, the weather was good, and then met at 3pm on Zoom. As we walk we explored:

  • ‘You could take 5 photos of things that are good or beautiful in winter.
  • Perhaps you would like to draw or make a winter picture.
  • How many trees can you spot just by looking at their branches? (You can find more twigs at www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk)
  • Talk with someone: what signs of hope can you spot?’

Reflection

As you are out and about this week: what signs of hope can you spot?

The Lucky Poor 
“Blessed are the poor in spirit” 
A beech tree in winter, white 
Intricacies unconcealed
Against sky blue and billowed 
Clouds, carries in his emptiness 
Ripeness: sap ready to rise 
On signal, buds alert to burst
To leaf. And then after a season
Of summer a lean ring to remember 
The lush fulfilled promises.
Empty again in wise poverty
That lets the reaching branches stretch 
A millimeter more towards heaven, 
The bole expanded every so slightly 
And push roots into the firm 
Foundation, lucky to be leafless: 
Deciduous reminder to let it go. 

Eugene H. Peterson from 'Holy Luck – Poems of the Kingdom.' 

We are grateful to the Pinewoods Conservation Group for their support and advice and support their work to protect the beautiful Pinewoods.

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