Ancient Arden Forest Church
Avalon Forest Church
Bradford SoulSpace Forest Church
Cheltenham Forest Church
Dyffryn Clwyd Forest Church
East Midlands Forest Church
Essex Forest Church
Mid Wales Forest Church
New Forest – Forest Church
Oakwood Forest Church
Oasis Church Grimsby Forest Church
Open Sky Forest Church
Oxford Forest Church
Pleasley Forest Church
Salisbury Plain Forest Church
St Albans Forest Church
Tyneside Forest Church
Wharfedale Forest Church
Wilcume Forest Church
Wychwood Forest Church
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NB: All the groups that we know about, that are open to the public are listed above – which is also the answer to the most common question we get emailed about, ‘is there a group near me?’.
Green tree icons represent existing groups. Yellow pins represent groups or individuals wanting to start something.
A good, easy place to start is to meet, once a month, with like-minded friends and see what develops. You don’t need a forest or even trees, the word Forest in the name is simply a tag that it happens in nature such as a domestic garden or a beach. You don’t need to start with a big, elaborate open-to-the-public event. The Forest Church book, or any of the existing group facilitators are a good source of help.
And doing Forest Church doesn’t necessarily mean starting a new group from scratch. If you’re part of an existing group you can just do Forest Church like activities from time to time.
Forest Church is a loose collection of similarly minded groups that have chosen to connect for the reasons listed below – but each group has a different flavour and focus. So that potential participants, who may have heard about Forest Church from any number of sources, know roughly what they might be letting themselves in for we ask all the groups that want to be listed here to complete a few simple steps.
A concern we’ve heard from time to time is an assumption that Forest Church is a top down or centrally organised and controlled movement. Or like a franchise where a model for doing things a certain way is enforced. It is none of those things.
And if you’re part of an existing Church, doing Forest Church like events isn’t a replacement or challenge to your existing Church and name – you simply benefit from tagging appropriate events as Forest Church; it’s a verb as well as a noun, a bit like calling certain activities Messy Church isn’t renaming the whole thing.
To counter any suspicions, here are the positive reasons behind joining the network.
Open Sky Forest Church is a gathering of people who want deeper connections with God, nature and each other, taking inspiration from the natural world around us to lead us into worship, community and action. More ...
Encountering the Eternal One within the ancient boundaries of Sherwood Forest More ...
Brimming with insights and packed with information, this book draws you out, quite literally, into nature to experience a new, well thought through pattern of spiritual practice. Bruce Stanley gives you all the resources you’ll need, both practical and theoretical, to get going with a group or on your own. More ...