Outdoor worship

What is outdoor worship?

Outdoor worship is all about discovering more of the wonder of God through the natural world that he has created and using what we find as a way in to worshipping God the creator.

It is often experimental, permissive, creative and comes in loads of flavours – meditation, liturgy, ritual, sharing, artistic expressions and many others. Often food and a fire are involved.

It isn’t about worshipping creation and it isn’t just about moving the services outside that we would normally hold in church.

Who’s it for?

Anyone, any age.

Where and when can it happen?

Anywhere so long as it isn’t inside. The churchyard, woods, gardens, parks, fields, by the river, the seashore, and so on. The land can be public or private, but if it is private remember to get permission first.  Services can also be at any time of day. Sunrise, sunset and any time in between. Regardless of the weather!


Wild Church Toolkit published by the Diocese of Norwich | Weblink

Muddy Church | Weblink

Engage Worship | Weblink

There are a number of books on worshipping outdoors:

Forest Church: A Field Guide to Nature Connection For Groups and Individuals by Bruce Stanley

Wild Worship: Discovering God Through Creation by Rachel Summers

Wild Advent by Rachel Summers

Wild Lent by Rachel Summers

Landscape Liturgies: Outdoor worship resources from the Christian tradition by Nick Mayhew-Smith

Creative Ideas for Wild Church: Taking All-Age Worship and Learning Outdoors by Juno Hollyhock and Mary Jackson

The Earth Cries Glory: Daily Prayer with Creation by Steven Shakespeare.




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