03 March 2016 a post by Bruce Stanley

Cheltenham Forest Church

We seek to learn how to meet with Christ in nature and the Bible. We desire to bring healing and wholeness to the relationship between humans and other species, the poorest communities of the world, and future generations. This includes reconciliation between groups that have been in conflict, such as Christians and Pagans, and the different denominational groupings in the Church.

cheltenham forest church

What we like:

  • imagining a future in which human beings live in harmony as part of nature.
  • nature connection exercises, stories and listening to one another.
  • marking the seasons.
  • enabling people to find their own means of expressing their faith journey.
  • being child-, single-, couple- and family-friendly, welcoming everyone as full participants as they are.
  • cake.

We plan to meet about eight times a year, following the solar cycle of Solstices and Equinoxes. Gatherings are usually on Saturday afternoons and last about an hour with time afterwards for informal conversation and play.

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TRying to contact Dan Papworth about maybe leading worship at our church in November as a guest preacher.

#1. By Fiona Hall on August 11, 2017

hello, pleased to find forest churches!and the idea on the net today.

pray tell me, when will your next meeting be? will you be doing a christmas kind of celebration, kind regards Holly

#2. By Holly Barker on November 28, 2017

Hi Holly,

Details of forthcoming gatherings are in our Facebook group which you are welcome to join. Here’s a link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/823218591043245/

I’m sorry I only just picked this message up. Hope to hook up with you soon,

Dan

#3. By Dan Papworth on March 17, 2018

In this email are details of our Alternative (ecological) Santa Project and an invitation (with remuneration) of how you can be involved.  If you would like to be.

We, at Ecologisers, run a Young People’s Anti-litter Campaign.  One of our current projects is Alternative (ecological) Santa.  The story is:  Now Santa’s sack is empty, he is asking children, worldwide, to help him fill it with rubbish the rest of the year as a Gift to the Earth.  Santas and Santa-schools both sides of the Atlantic have responded very favourably to this idea.  Being a Santa is competitive, and to be the BEST Santa a great accolade!

We need a background soundtrack for Santas’ Grottoes, consisting of EcoCarols. EcoCarols are eco-lyrics put to 15 famous Christmas carol tunes, all now out of copyright.

If you can send me an e mail address I can send you 3 files.

1 The eco-lyrics to the 15 EcoCarols

2 A file of endorsements as to their value.

3 An MP3 of Gifted to us for a lifetime to the tune of Once in Royal David’s City as an example of a recorded EcoCarol.

We have a deadline of September 30th for submission of recordings.

We realise there’s a big investment of energy and time involved in recording just one EcoCarol.  So we are now offering   £50 or the dollar or local currency equivalent, for every EcoCarol used by us.  To avoid duplication, please let us know if you would like to record a particular EcoCarol.

These are:

  15 EcoCarols

1   Seeds Of Peace (O Little Town of Bethlehem)

2   Northern Lights (Silent Night)

3   Give Us The Freedom (O Come All Ye Faithful)

4   When Looking At The Earth (While Shepherds Watched)

5   If There Is One Great Thing (In The Bleak Mid-Winter)

6   I Look Out My Window (Away In A Manger)

7   Gifted To Us For A Lifetime (Once In Royal David’s City) - attached as a demo file.

8   Children Of The World (Good King Wenceslas)

9   Me! I Champion Planet Earth (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)

10 O Kin Of Ours, All Animals (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel)

11 People Of Pre-History’s Lineage (Angels From The Realms Of Glory)

12 The Mountain And The Ocean (The Holly And The Ivy)

13 Birdsong (The First Nowell)

14 The Gardener’s EcoCarol (It Came Upon A Midnight Clear)

15 Trees Of Earth (We Three Kings)

We hope you will consider contributing to this project to forward global consciousness in a heart-led way.

Currently, we are in the process of becoming a charity which will give us more funding opportunities.  Ultimately, we would like to work closely with an ecological choir, as I have written 46 EcoSongs.  That is, eco-lyrics put to famous out-of-copyright anthems, hymns, Christmas carols and well-known songs.

Thank you for your time and hoping for your interest.

In love for the Earth,
Ann
Ann Palmer aka Gaia Dance aka Gaia the Garbage (I head up an international Young People’s Anti-litter Campaign from the Outer Hebrides)
Website:  http://www.ecologisers.com

 

#4. By Ann Palmer on June 24, 2018











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