Mossy Church at Oakwood Forest Church

Every meeting of Oakwood Forest Church includes some form of Mossy Church activity. The link below discusses these activities and where they’ve come from.

Interestingly this attached mossy church blog post has brought to light many other people who are doing similar activities and naming them mossy church – what better demonstration of God at work in our world.




Bluebell Woods with Jesus


This April we walked, explored and prayed about the greatest story ever told “Easter” with our friends at Brookside Church.

As we entered Oakwood thinking about the weight of the cross Jesus carried we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of bluebells in the wood.  None of us can remember seeing so many, so widespread. It felt like God was providing a blanket upon which Jesus could fall when the cross grew too heavy.

Over the last six months we’ve seen these trees shed their leaves before going inside of themselves to survive winter. Now we see new life sprouting all around; a very real sign of God in His creation and a prompt for us to play our part.


Finding Oakwood Forest Church

Oakwood Forest Church is based at Oakwood which is part of Maiden Erlgh Nature Reserve.

We meet four times a year at the Interpretation Centre at Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve in Earley for an hour in God’s natural cathedral “worshipping in nature ” WIN. You can park at the car park at the end of Marefield, Lower Earley, Reading. RG6 3DU. Or on the side of Instow Road, alongside the Interpretation Centre RG6 5QJ


For more information about the nature reserve they have a website

One fabulous resource on the reserve website is the self guided walk which takes you through the varied aspects of the nature reserve.  If you can not come to an Oakwood Forest Church event then follow this link and take a walk with God when convenient for you.

The reserve is owned and managed by Earley Town Council through their rangers; more can be found out about the council and their work at their website

There are some wonderful photos of Earley, it’s wildlife and the reserve at

If you would like to know about environmental issues in the local area then one good port of call is the Earley Environmental Group

Oakwood Forest Church Walks Creation

In January Oakwood Forest Church walked, explored and prayed about creation.  These are the introduction and readings which we shared along the way.

Today we will walk the creation story. Creation is described in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. This story was written over 4000 years ago, when no one understood how the world was made or how it works. Within the story there are many truths for us to understand and many questions we need to think about. We will walk seven bases; one for each day of the creation story and think about what each phase of creation was like for God, for the world and for those being created.

Base One
On the first day God created light and separated the light from the darkness, calling light “day” and darkness “night.” God saw the light and the dark and said “it is good”.

Base Two
On the second day God created a huge space to separate the waters and called it “sky.” God saw the sky and said “it is good”.

Base Three
On the third day God created the dry ground and gathered the waters, calling the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters “seas.” He put plants and trees on the land. God saw the land and the sea and said “it is good”.

Base Four
On the fourth day God created the sun, moon, and the stars to give light to the earth and to separate the day and the night. God saw the sun, moon and stars and said “it is good”.

Base Five
On the fifth day God created every living creature of the seas and every winged bird of the sky, telling them to fill the waters and the sky with life. God saw the birds and the fish and said “it is good”.

Base Six
On the sixth day God created the animals to fill the earth. The small ones like the ants, the medium ones like the dogs and the large ones like the elephants. God then created man and woman (Adam and Eve) in his own image. God told the men and women to care for the earth. God saw the animals and the men and women and said “it is VERY good”.

Base Seven
On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation and so he rested, blessing it and making it holy.


During the walk we battled the elements of flooded lake water, raised water table and unbelievable amounts of mud; but none of it put us off.  We collected items we found to create our own symbols of worship including crosses, posies and hearts.  We planted seeds in tiny pots using some of the surplus mud; the seedlings are emerging as we type.  And we prayed together asking God to help us care for His creation as best we can.


We will meet again on Saturday 15th February 2015 at 3pm to walk, explore and pray about love.

Oakwood Forest Church in the press again

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Oakwood Forest Church has been given a fantastic write up by Vivienne Robinson in the January 2014 edition of Xn magazine.  I urge you to pick up a copy at any church in the Thames Valley or look at the edition online by clicking the link

Walking the Nativity

Picture the scene:  a cold, bright winters day inviting the family out for a walk to explore the nativity.  Yes; that really was what I imagined the weather would be like on Saturday 21st December 2013 which just goes to prove that I did not miss my calling to be a weather forecaster.

In reality the day was the second or third wet day in a row and cold to boot.  I had sent out reassuring messages in email, text and on facebook that Oakwood Forest Church was not weather dependant and arrived with little expectation of any turn out at all.  What a doubting Thomas I am.  Five hardy families and a couple of well dressed adults came along ready to Walk the Nativity despite the wind and rain.

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As we walked alongside the fast moving Loddon Brook we stopped six times to meet the characters, hear the nativity story, explore the meaning and share the joy of Jesus’ birth.  We sang Away in a Manger to the surprise of the dog walkers and hung our handmade biodegradable christmas decorations on the ancient Gemini Oak before praying together for the truth of Christmas to be heard far and wide and the love of God to be felt in every home.

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We meet again on Saturday 18th January 2014 at 3pm.