Forest Church happens in Cumberland Saturday.

A fresh expression of church

Forest Church — a fresh expression of church that draws on much older traditions when sacred places and practices were outside — will happen in Cumberland at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

“This isn’t just normal church happening outside; instead it is an opportunity to participate with creation,” said

Reverend Ingrid Brown, the organizer of Forest Church.

The invitation is to “explore the mystery of the natural world and to see what happens when we enter into the woods with an open mind, the intention of connection, and a sense of play and awe.”

Participants will learn, worship, meditate and pray with the trees, beside the creek, along the edges of wild places.

Brown adds that spirituality becomes more balanced when our entire being — head, heart, soul, body — is involved with the world around us. Mindfulness, meditation and contemplation are brought to their fullness when partnered with grounding and physical connection to the inter-connectedness of all things.

There is no charge for Saturday’s gathering. All ages are welcome.

The event happens rain or shine.

Participants are asked to meet at the Cumberland Village Park Skate Park at 3 p.m.

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