The Gathering has popped up in the most unlikely locations in the US and the UK. Below are descriptions of the current micro-churches happening.
Salem is the home to semi-regular gatherings, and a month long community outreach with hundreds of musicians, dream interpreters, worshipers, praying saints, and lovers of other people who come from around the globe to share God’s love, entertain people and greet the visiting world that descends upon Salem each October. This is where the dream of reaching transformational festivals began in 1999. Time: The entire month of October and regularly through the year in pubs.
Burning Man and Regional Burns
This small rag tag team of people has been as many as twenty and as few as two, but has been a part of the Burning Man festival since 2010. Prophetic outreach, art installations, and photography projects have been a part of this edgy outreach. Time: each year during the week leading up to Labor Day. Website.
We also have a soft spot in our hearts for the Regional Burns. Beginning in 2014, five people from the US and UK joined this regional festival when it was in Port Talbot, Wales. The festival is now in Devon. This team began in 2015. Time: Early June. Website. More recently, some of our friends began making new friends near Houston at Unbroken Spring. Time: mid-March. Website.
The Wild Goose Festival
Pastor Phil was part of the Wild Goose Festival in the early days when it was only a glimmer in the eyes of the organizers. A number of friends of The Gathering have been a part of this “Progressive Christian Music and Social Justice Festival” since the first event in 2011. Time: each July in Hot Springs, NC. Website.
Stonehenge at the Summer Solstice
Each year at the Summer Solstice access to the stones is granted to everyone who wants to be there. Between 15,000 and 25,000 people arrive, and we are there to share the experience and to share the love of God with people. Four days prior to the event, we meet at the Stonehenge campground and its small festival about 2 miles from the stones. This team began meeting in 2015. Time: At the Summer Solstice.
HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy Festival
This event took a year off in 2017, it returns for five days in 2018. Our small community which first gathered in 2015 is determining what to do with their time at the beautiful Hay-on-Wye this year. Time: Late May. Website.
Events We Touched in 2019:
SXSW – visiting this influential Austin, TX music festival in March
HowTheLightGetsIn – At Hay-on-Wye, Wales in Late May
The Hay Festival – Welsh border, Late May to Early June
Burning Nest – June 4-10, in Devon, UK
Stonehenge at the Solstice – June 18-21
Meziprostor – Prague, early July
Welsh National Eisteddfod – early August, Llanrwst, Wales
Salem’s Haunted Happenings – all October in Salem, MA
Contact PastorPhil (at) salemgathering.com for info
Obviously, 2020 was, and most of 2021 will be, a blowout for most of the festival world, but there are a few small festivals that will open this year, with social distancing and safety measures.
Here are a few of the places we are looking to reach in the coming years:
The Town of Glastonbury – our friend Diana Dingles Greenfield is a vicar at Glastonbury and we are hoping to join her in touching this beautiful and mystical place with grace.
Land’s End, Cornwall – a gorgeous and magical place at the farthest southwest tip of England, which one should not call “England” when you are there – it is Cornwall!
Maybe you would like to participate in church that meets in this way. Contact us if this is something that seems up your alley.