Frequently Asked Questions
Farm Church? What's that mean?
We’re a church that meets on a farm, worships God on a farm, and leverages the resources of a farm to address issues of food insecurity in our community. Check out “Why Farm?” and “Why Church?”
Does Farm Church have a building?
In a word, no. We have a small urban farm on the corner of Watts and Green Streets in Durham, and as we get started we'll be meeting at SEEDS for worship. So no building, but we do have a sanctuary! That word, "sanctuary," means "sacred place," and it's a reality we celebrate whenever and wherever we gather together.
What is SEEDS?
SEEDS is an amazing organization in Durham committed to sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, food security and environmental stewardship to children and youth. They've been so gracious in welcoming Farm Church into their space and we're happy to "plant" ourselves there! Check out SEEDS here.
I'd like to come, should I just show up?
Yes! Show up! We'll be spending time each week outside and you'll have chances to get your hands dirty, so maybe wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty. Sunday morning gatherings are at 10 A.M. at SEEDS (706 Gilbert St.) and we garden on Wednesday nights, 5 – 7 P.M. at 1100 Watts St.
Should I bring anything?
Just your beautiful self. And an open mind. Maybe an empty coffee mug. Oh, and sometimes we'll share a meal. We'll be sure to communicate when this is happening, and when it is we'll invite you to bring a dish to share.
When should I arrive? How long is your worship?
10ish is good! Things might vary week to week. Some weeks we might start with a little more time outside by the chicken coop. Sometimes we'll end with a potluck. We'll probably sing our last song at about 11:30.
Are children welcome at Farm Church?
Goodness yes. Children of all ages are welcome, and encouraged to engage the Farm Church experience in lots of ways. We usually have some ways for children to be active in worship - lighting candles, creating art, moving around the room…
Am I welcome?
We honor and affirm humanity's God-given diversity, and so we welcome individuals of every age, race, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and economic circumstance to participate fully in the life of Farm Church. You are welcome here.
What should I wear?
Garden clothes. Jeans, shorts, t-shirts...
Is Farm Church part of a denomination?
Yes. We're a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Is everybody at Farm Church Presbyterian?
Nope. And they don't have to be. Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, non-religious, agnostic, post-Christian... Spiritually speaking, people come in lots of flavors. We affirm the journey and welcome the companionship.
I want to stay in touch with Farm Church. How can I do that?
Great! Join our email list here. No worries - we won't send you too much. Like us on Facebook here.
I want to support Farm Church. How can I do that?
You can make a donation to Farm Church HERE.