Forest Churches have sprung up recently! They are about connecting to the mystic Christ, creation, and the ancient traditions and rhythms of the land. They are based on Romans 1:20:
“Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature.”
They are many and varied in type: there isn’t just one stereotypical “Forest Church”. They vary from the more evangelical to those who seeking to welcome Neo Pagans. You might find yourself worshipping in a Celtic Christian style, going for a walk and listening to creation, studying nature to see the amazing things that God has planted there, or just chilling out in a field.
Here is a list and map of UK forest churches and details of how to set one up, and there are courses to help you set one up too. There’s also a fascinating book – see half way down this page if you want to dig further. I found that it opened my eyes to looking at creation in a new way, and helped me to worship outside. Forest Churches aren’t necessarily in a forest – urban “forest” churches are OK too!
Another “branch” of Forest Church is “Mossy Church“, a kids version of Forest Church, somewhere between Messy Church and Forest Church. It’s for “encouraging Children and families to connect with nature and encounter the Divine Creator in the natural world.”