LENT

Welcome to the forty days and forty nights of Lent. Traditionally, Lent has been a season of self-reflection; a time for searching our investments - emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual - with the hope of being restored to a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Creator. Lent is an opportunity to determine what of our ‘investments’ can be relinquished and/or might be embraced anew that will replenish the soils of our souls. You are invited to enter this holy season of self-inventory and replenishment. Throughout the coming forty days, you can come here for reflections and practices that will encourage and support your journey.

Lent, Day 3

Lent is a forty day journey. Where do you imagine you will arrive when the journey is over? How would you like to be different? What would you like to see change in your heart? in your mind? in the soil of your soul? What needs renewal and what needs release? Take some time today to write, draw and create an image of your restored self. This journey is the destination!

Lent, Day 2

This is the beginning of forty days and forty nights of reflection. These first few days are an invitation to collect ourselves for the journey ahead. Put feet on the floor, find our breath. It is a time to make space in our hearts and heads for what the twelve steps call a "searching and fearless moral inventory." For today, just breath and begin to recognize your patterns - mental and emotional - that have been harmful to yourself and to those around you. Welcome to Lent.

Farm Church gathers on Sunday mornings
10 A.M. at SEEDS, 706 Gilbert Street, Durham, NC.

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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.