Easter Vigil with the Garden Church and the Holy Ground Community

Saturday, April 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Two start-up churches come together to celebrate Easter in the beauty of creation. Join us as we walk through the stories of Jesus’ last days on earth, exploring themes of life, death, and resurrection in our lives and the world. We’ll end our celebration together with a shared meal, including a salad made from the greens our community has been growing throughout the season of Lent.

Bring a blanket or chair, a contribution to the potluck, your family and friends and a heart ready to worship together. All are welcome!

Location: Angels Gate Park–lower section, below Korean Friendship Bell
834 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro 90731 See Google Map

Garden Church Gathering 3/22/2015 3:00 pm

This weekend we have a Gathering at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. We’ll meet in the park below the Korean Friendship bell where we’ve met in the past.

At the Garden Church we gather together in community to work together, worship together, and eat together. Come join for whatever part calls to you–all are welcome and all are valued for what we each have to bring.

3:00 p.m. Work Together

For our work together time Lara, from Green Girl Farms, will be leading us in planting seeds that will be nurtured into starts with the plan that they will be ready to plant in a pop-up garden come May.


4:00 p.m. Worship Together

Our text from John this week includes the following garden reference: “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 We will explore together in worship what it means to be like that grain of wheat, what parts in us need to die, in order for new life to grow. Our worship will be blessed by the musical leading of Nora Woofenden, who will bring her voice, instruments, and musical talents to our community.

5:00 p.m. Eat Together

Christine will be making homemade calzones for the community meal. Please bring fruit, veggies, chips, a dessert or a drink to contribute to our shared meal.

We will be joined this weekend by Dr. Carole Spencer, professor at Earlham School of Religion and current student Travis Etling. They are studying the Garden Church as a start-up ministry for a Lily Foundation grant. They are coming out to see the Garden Church in action and hear the stories of what it is like to be part of a startup church. We’ll spend our “Eat Together” time in collective conversation and reflection on the process of starting a new worshiping community and I’ll share with the whole group where we are looking to move next as we move into our public launch.

Location: Angels Gate Park–lower section, below Korean Friendship Bell
834 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro 90731 See Google Map

Rev. Anna in the Philly area, preaching and sharing stories about The Garden Church

20 2The Garden Church exists due to a large network of people across the country who have been praying for and supporting the vision to re-imagine church. Rev. Anna is heading east to speak, preach, and share stories and conversations about the work of the Garden Church.

Friday, January 16th at noon: Rev. Anna will be speaking at Bryn Athyn College, her alma mater, and sharing a bit about her faith journey and how it has led to the founding of The Garden Church.

Saturday, January 17th at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 18th at 10:30 a.m.: We’re delighted that Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Huntingdon Valley PA (outside of Philadelphia) will be hosting two worship services around the theme “Feed and Be Fed” and Rev. Anna will be preaching and sharing stories and liturgy with the community.

All are welcome to join for worship and a shared meal and service project, as well as a Q&A time for anyone interested in hearing more specifics about the Garden Church and ways to be involved and support this work.

Find more info and let us know you’re coming on the Facebook events:
Friday: https://www.facebook.com/events/522078084598046/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1
Saturday: https://www.facebook.com/events/819299261466217/

We look forward to seeing you there!

From our hosts at Gloria Dei:

Garden Church” is a growing concept (pun intended!) in churches nationwide and Gloria Dei is blessed to get to hear about it firsthand!  On the weekend of January 17 and 18, we will welcome The Rev. Anna Woofenden, Pastor of the Garden Church in San Pedro, CA.  We heard about her good works through our field education student.  Garden Church uses a 3-part idea of church—work together, worship together, eat together.  It sounds like our Dinner Church or the familiar church potlucks after services, doesn’t it?  On this particular weekend we’ll worship together—5:00pm on Saturday evening or 10:30am on Sunday morning.  We’ll eat together—a potluck meal after each service.  And we’ll work together—after our potluck, we will package up the rest of the food for our Aid For Friends project and the Barbers will deliver these abundant meals to those in need.  Win-Win-Win!  The theme of the day is “Feed and Be Fed”—your pastors and staff hope that you will want to join in and do just that!

There is a specific menu for the potluck this time, as the food will be shared with Aid For Friends.  Please choose a recipe and bring it to share!  Recipes are available on the Gloria Dei website (www.gloriadei.com).


Garden Church Gathering | Holy Hike | 12.28.14

IMG_7325Inspired by our friends at Holy Hikes we will be taking the Garden Church to the trails this Sunday. As we celebrate the closing of the season of Advent and move into a new year, we will take a meditative hike together, stopping and reflecting along the way. We’ll meet in the parking lot at Founders Park and make our way down the trails together. We’ll stop at a few outlooks along the way for reflection and prayer. When we get down to the beach we’ll read our scripture readings and then let the sermon message for the day come to each of us in the still small voice of the waves. We’ll then hike down the beach a ways together and stop and have our Sacred Meal (Communion) and share afternoon snacks together before hiking back up the hill with our intentions and hopes for the new year.
Date: December 28th at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Founders Park, 1 Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Bring: Good hiking/walking shoes, sunscreen, water bottle, and an easy snack to share.
Holy Hikes is a creation of a ministry we love and are glad to be an affiliate of. Learn more here: www.holyhikes.org

Why Karen Supports The Garden Church

Give and share! http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/The-Garden-Church-Fund

“I’ve been looking for a church my whole life that would accept me as I am, and let me grow and learn.  The Garden Church has definitely filled that, and in particular, leads us places I never thought I could go, and never thought I would be. And I’m enjoying every step of the way.”Karen Kessler, The Garden Church

Thank you! Thank you for supporting the Garden Church!

Wow, wow WOW! We just ended a meaningful two hours of being the Garden Church at our Theology Group and found this amazing surprise awaiting us it 9:05p.m.! Not only has the goal been reached….the cup is overflowing! $4,035!
$1,055 of which are monthly pledges! Thank you. Thank you! Hearts are overflowing with the gratitude at this abundance and communal effort. The Garden Church is humbled, blessed, and committed to using your resources for good. Celebrating the end of #GivingTuesday and our three weeks of crowdfunding with huge gratitude and virtual fireworks!

Watch The Garden Church In Action

We talk a lot about the vision and the future of The Garden Church…but as we are nearing the end (5 hours left!) of this beautiful and abundant ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬, we’d like to share with you how the Garden Church IS being a beautiful and transforming force right here and now. A slice of our last Gathering…feel the joy of the Garden Church with us and join in this work.

Give and share! http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/The-Garden-Church-Fund