Church of the Woods, Rev. Steve Blackmer
Church of the Woods
Canterbury, New Hampshire
Church of the Woods gathers weekly on 106 acres of woods and wetlands, in Canterbury, New Hampshire. When we began, in 2014, this land had been trashed by people who cut and carried away trees without a care for the forest. Through physical restoration and prayer (or spiritual restoration), the people who come now are restoring the forest to health, beauty, and peace. As Fred, a new member of Church of the Woods, said one day, “This is a healing place.” Fred didn’t know about how people have been healing the land, but he knew through his own experience about how the land, along with the people, heals us. Jesus was a healer. We seek to follow this way, as healers for the land, for each other, and for the world.
— Rev. Stephen Blackmer, Pastor