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:

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 (


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:

Why Karen Supports The Garden Church

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“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

Garden Church Gathering 12/14/14

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.

Working Together 2:00pm-3:30pm:  We are so excited to be doing some serious gardening at our Gathering! Thanks to Lara at Green Girl Farms, we’ll be lending our hand to put in a local garden that helps supply the farm stand at the Corner Store and bring more local goodness to the community. We will be planting seeds and garlic cloves, and transplanting seedlings. For those who need a less physical working engagement we will be doing some singing and painting plant signs

Worship Together 3:30pm-4:15pm: We’ll come together at the park across the street for our time of worship. We’re blessed to have another set of visiting musical types who will add their voices to our songs. We’ll come together around the table and wrestle with questions about light and darkness, chaos and peace, as we engage the story of incarnation and Advent. And we’ll come around the table and share the Sacred Meal (Communion) and remember God’s love and wisdom for all and look across the table to see the face of God in each other.

Eat Together 4:15pm-5:00pm: Our Sacred Meal will lead into our Community Meal where we will share food and conversation together. Bring some fruit or veggies, drinks or snacks to share.

Come for any or all of it and enjoy being in community together!

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.

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#GivingTuesday at the Garden Church

We are committed to feeding people…in mind, body, and spirit. 

On this #GivingTuesday, will you join us in making a difference in the world as we re-imagine church and engage in innovative ways to bring more heaven, here on earth?

Online fundraising for Seed Money for The Garden Church

Dear Garden Church friends and family!

Part of re-imagining church is re-imagining our funding sources and methods. The way the world works is changing, and the funding for new expressions of church aren’t primarily coming from our institutions any more.

Instead, we have the opportunity to build a community of support made up of individuals who share our passion. We believe there are people all over who want to be part of doing something to make the world a better place—perhaps including you!

We need to raise $2,000 a month for the next year from our Cultivation Team. That’s 200 people giving $10 a month, or 100 giving $20, or 50 people giving $40—you get the idea. Give what amount is right for you, monthly for the next year, and be an essential part of the team that is re-imagining church and bringing more heaven here on earth. (If you’re wondering why the bar graph says more, that’s because razzo counts one-time and monthly gifts as the same. We are recieving and appreciating both! And our overarching goal is $2,000 in monthly pledges).

We are so incredibly grateful for the stories and pledges that have been rolling in from across the world over the past few weeks as people are joining the team.

Today is the last day of our three-week crowd-funding goal. Will you join with others from across the globe to ensure the Garden Church has the support it needs to grow and thrive serve in this start-up season?

With deep gratitude and joy for all that is and for all that is to come,
Anna and the Garden Church team

“With every tree, there’s this incredible network of beauty. There are the limbs, the branches. And we see all of this springing up from the ground. Also, underneath the ground, there is an equally intricate network of roots, of support.  This system that keeps the tree upheld…I decided that I want to be a part of it. I want to be a part of growing something new, growing something beautiful. ”  -Carol Howard Merritt, Author 

Watch Carol share more: 

Join us in this work today!