• Re-starting September 2021! See dates and times below.

    Families and friends gathering in People's Park, Luton

  • Park Church?

    Park Church is a group of families and friends meeting in People's Park in Luton. We've been meeting since 2016 and we're excited to be re-starting after Covid in September 2021.

     

    We gather twice a month on Sunday afternoons at 3pm (note 5pm on 31st October for a special event). We will often move around to the woods and other parts of People's Park to engage with God and one another. We're trying to make the most of being outdoors, enjoying creation, fresh air and being together. Our sessions usually last up to an hour, with time for chatting and more playing afterwards.

     

    Everyone is welcome! For more information read the "tell me more " section below and find us on Facebook

    Dates

    2021 Dates, Times: Themes

    26th September, 3pm: Seeds

    10th October, 3pm: Harvest

    31st October, 5pm: Torchlight Welly Walk

    7th November, 3pm: Climate Justice

    21st November, 3pm: Leaves

    5th December, 3pm: Advent

    19th December, 3pm: Christmas

  • tell me more...

    Where do you meet?

    People's Park, Bells's Close, High Town, Luton

    We generally gather in a space under some trees along the top path. If you are coming from the flag in the playing fields, walk up the hill with the orchard on your right and Arden Place on your left. At the top of the hill turn right along the path, and we'll be under some trees on your left.

     

    If you're coming from Sunridge Avenue, walk down the alley to the park. Turn right and go along the straight path. We'll be towards the end of the path on your right.

    What should I expect?

    Come and see for yourself! It'll be a bit like this:

    We're a small group with a mix of ages, but mostly young families. Some people come to every session and others drop in now and then. Our gatherings are informal, inclusive, and grounded in nature - we draw on the things we find around us in the park to learn more about God and his world. Gatherings include activities among the trees, all age discussion, Bible stories, and plenty of play. Every week is different, and sessions have included treasure hunts, nest building, stick drumming, snail racing, prayer kites and all sorts.

    What if it rains?

    The weather hasn't stopped us yet.

    We consider Park Church to be an all-weather affair. We've been pretty lucky with the weather, but if it's raining we wear our waterproofs, string up a tarp and carry on. We do recommend wrapping up warm, and being prepared for a little mud.

    Who are you?

    Park Church is run by Sam and Sara Hargreaves and Lou and Jeremy Williams. We are members of Stopsley Baptist Church, and if we're not in the park on Sunday morning, we're most likely there.

  • Resources

    We're happy for other groups to use our ideas. Try out some of these sample sessions in your community.

    Leaders from Park Church also collaborated on the book Worship in the Woods and other resources

    which you can find on the Engage Worship website.

    Trees

    Learn about different trees in your area, and the different gifts in the kingdom of God.

    Autumn leaves

    On why the leaves fall in the Autumn, and reflecting on the spirituality of letting go.

    Light

    A short session on how trees reach for the light, and on Christians as 'children of the light'.

    Fruit trees

    A session in an orchard or around fruit trees - best during fruiting season!

    Rain

    One for a wet day, celebrating the water cycle and where water comes from. Bring an umbrella.