The ritual symbols of Merseyside Forest Church:
- the stone for North and our mother Earth
- the lit lantern for South and brother Sun
- a small bottle of water for the West and sister Water
- a wind-catcher for the East and brother Wind
all grouped round our wood and slate Celtic cross.
Reminding us each time we meet, whether in a garden or a wood or among the dunes at Formby, that we are connected to the natural world around us. We are part of the cycle of the seasons, the growth and decay, the mysterious long rhythms of our planet which we, quick living creatures that we are, observe only in glimpses.
This month we gather for a Winter Solstice celebration followed by a meal afterwards.
We'll meet at 6.30 at St Michael's in the City, Upper Pitt Street, Liverpool L1 5DB.
We'll be in the garden for about 45 - 50 minutes (so come dressed appropriately whatever the weather) to celebrate the solstice with fire and (semi) darkness, story and silence. Everyone is welcome, bring friends, neighbours, children...
Afterwards, for those who want, we may head for a Chinese restaurant nearby.
Many people can describe transcendent moments in nature where they feel deeply connected to something bigger than themselves and Forest Church is a way to explore that connection within community.
Forest Church is a fresh expression of church drawing on much older traditions when sacred places and practices were outside – but it is also drawing on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places.
Forest Church isn’t just normal church happening outside, instead it attempts to participate with creation. And it isn’t just a fellowship group doing an outside activity, we aim to learn, worship, meditate, pray and practice with the trees, at the spring, along the shore....