OutdoorChurch

Pilgrimage in the Park – Sunday 13.09.20

This bit of park is small enough for us to not loose anyone, yet big enough to offer us enough room for a picnic (the much larger Killesberg is right next door) and room for a mini pilgrimage around the perimeter of the Egelsee (the ‘walking’ bits add up to only about 5 minutes and all on the flat).

  • We will gather and we will sing. We will pray and listen to scripture.
  • We will be there in support of Olivia who is being brought for baptism and in encouragement for her parents and godparents, sisters and godsister as they make some promises.
  • We will celebrate her baptism and be invited in gratitude to remember our own.
  • We will pray for all those starting school for the first time and those changing schools, and all children returning to school and to digital learning and for all who work in education.
  • We will relax and enjoy friendship over a picnic.

Service on the Mount…

The first of our three OutdoorChurch events this year was on Sunday 5th July. What joy was had by the 26 of us who gathered together; seeing those we have not seen since early March, enjoying the Eucharist for the first time since early March, conversations, being in the outdoors and sunshine, being grateful for health and well-being, being able to sing for the first time since early March and that with no mask on…

Forest Church…

In 2019 we held our first open air service… we are hoping this will become an annual event, and may thus not always be in or even near a forest. It really means an Outdoor service. The reasons for inserting this into our St. Catherine’s worship calendar are:

  • – There is currently much negative news around climate change and pollution and renewable and sustainable agendas. Our children may not be aware of the details but they will hear the ‘tone’ of the discourse. I want to put some positive experiences alongside. I would like them and all of us to enjoy aspects of nature and the countryside as God’s gift for us to not only enjoy but allow it to speak to us, to nurture us.
  • The teaching aspect will have its roots in that positive enjoyment of nature – we are more likely to look after that which we treasure.
  • We will be following in the footsteps of Jesus who did most of his teaching in the Outdoors.
  • Here also is an opportunity for us to learn together across the full spread of the generations more so than is possible in church services.
  • We hope the weather will be kind and why not get out in it.
  • The service and time spent together will also continue to build friendships.

Also !! a few days before this event it will be St Christopher’s who is the Patron Saint of Transportation. So if any of you arrive at Forest Church with or on Bikes / Scooters / Skateboards / Cars / Rollerskates….. I will bless them for the coming year !