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11 March 2014 a post by Bruce Stanley. 2 comments.

Devising ‘rituals’ for Mid Wales Forest Church.

Four times a year, close to the sun festivals of solstice and equinox, Mid Wales Forest Church has a 'Ritual', which is a grand name for what might be better described as interactive, experiential, shared meditation / reflective / alternative-worship like activities. Ritual is shorter. More ...

21 December 2012 a post by Bruce Stanley. 0 comments.

The Sun Shine On You and the Light Shine From You

A story from the edge of the Roman and Celtic world shortly after the time of Christ's Nativity – and a little ritual to bring Divine blessing for the new year, new born following the solstice. More ...

20 December 2012 a post by Matthew Arnold. 0 comments.

Advent Ritual Wreath

Bring nature inside with a wreath made from four iconic and symbolic evergreen plants. You can either make a simple table centrepiece or make a wreath that will form the centre of a series of rituals leading up to Christmas, ideally through the period of advent – originally made for East Midlands Forest Church. More ...

22 September 2012 a post by Bruce Stanley. 0 comments.

Forest Church Group Meditation for Autumn Equinox

I’m just about to start my third Autumn in the Cambrian Mountains and I’m now convinced that we need to mark – along with nature, tradition and even the solar system – this time as a significant moment of pause, balance and reflection, even more so than mid winter. Vive l'équinoxe d'automne! More ...

28 May 2012 a post by Matthew Arnold. 6 comments.

Pentecost and the Birthday for East Midlands Forest Church

In 2010, as a result of my own spiritual awakening to the ancient history of Christian spirituality, I began writing a series of workshops, held in the evening on the third Sunday of the month at my then church. All were attempting to teach others various spiritual exercises to enhance their quiet times with God and, for me, as a personal exploration of the more contemplative side of alternative worship. We were learning as we went along, including the combustible properties of communion tables whilst using incense! What do Baptists know about the use of incense anyway? More ...

22 May 2012 a post by Bruce Stanley. 2 comments.

Nature Inspired Binding Prayer exercise for Forest Church

Mid Wales Forest Church began last Sunday, the third Sunday in May. We walked from a spectacular view point down a valley alive with signs of spring and through a long since abandoned mine and quarry area back to the starting point. More ...

01 May 2012 a post by Steve Hollinghurst. 0 comments.

Communion for May Day and the feast of St George

St Georges Day comes close to May day so this May Day Beltane worship has a nod to that day in it’s reading which combine the imagery of the mother giving birth and the dragon that represents the destructive power of evil – the themes of Beltane, the fire, the focus on fertility and new life, are also woven in. this si a celebration of the new life God gives and also a time to reflect on our loves and losses, the mending of broken relationships and the blessing of other relationships old and new. More ...

01 February 2012 a post by Ian Adams. 0 comments.

lighting fires - Imbolc and Candlemas

Time to light a candle, time to light a fire. More ...

01 February 2012 a post by Steve Hollinghurst. 0 comments.

Reflections and rituals for Imbolc

Reflections and rituals for Imbolc 1st February and it’s season - The season of simplicity – Spring: the season of awakening. Also the feast of St Brigid and the festival of Candlemas More ...

31 October 2011 a post by Steve Hollinghurst. 4 comments.

All Hallows Ritual

This a ritual to mark All Hallow’s Eve or Samhain in the Celtic calendar. It weaves together the themes of this season; remembering those who have died and also facing the reality of death and fear of the unknown world beyond this one. This ritual draws on Pagan and Christian elements within a Christian communion and has been used as a group ritual. However elements of it can also be used by individuals wanting to mark this festival. More ...

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