Columba’s Barn – A Community Benefit Society.

Columba’s Barn – A Community Benefit Society.

“ Therefore, when we build let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think as we lay stone upon stone that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them. ”– John Ruskin

The Society of St. Columba invite you to join us in taking 20 acres of simple arable land, an early Victorian Sussex flint barn, and eleven semi derelict buildings and creating something extraordinary. Through hard work, dedication, application and prayer the vision that is Columba’s Barn will come to life.

The Monastic Church of Britain and Ireland was a vibrant, indigenous ecclesiology that emerged towards the end of the 4th century and became the dynamic communal expression of churchmanship throughout the Celtic fringes of Britain’s post-roman world. A spirituality rooted in the traditions of the eastern desert fathers and its eremitical call to ‘be alone with Christ’. This call to prayer, to devotional work, reading and study created a vibrant indigenous expression of the Christian faith in the British Isles that we now associate as Celtic Christianity. Its artistic expression, missional zeal, scholastic devotion and creational integrity continues to reverberate down through the centuries to the modern era.

With this historical inspiration, we are now working, with local partners, to re-create the Columban principles, so typical of the Celtic monastic church, for the 21st century at Chanctonbury on the south coast of the British Isles. By following St. Columba’s communal practice of prayer, work and reading, we aim to walk humbly upon the earth and devotionally in our work and study.

The central focus of the Society’s work will be establishment of Columba’s Barn (click here for elevations) Set in the heart of the South Downs National Park on the Wiston Estate, Columba’s Barn is located on the northern side of the iconic Chanctonbury Ring. A grade II listed barn and adjoining buildings offers a truly wonder filled location for the exploration of indigenous British Christian spirituality. The essence of Columba’s Barn will be to provide a location where friends of the Society, guests, visitors and pilgrims can enjoy excellent food, peace and tranquillity, experience best practice in organic market gardening, animal husbandry and a warm inviting atmosphere. With the adjoining 20 acres of land, this remote, yet accessible, location embodies the Columban spiritual drama of liminal landscape, prayerful isolation and creational encounter.

Buying Shares and becoming a partner in our Community Benefit Society.

The Columba’s Barn prospectus is available for download below. In it you will find all the information you need to understand what Columba’s Barn CBS is undertaking. As a community adventure we are looking for like minded people to join us. I hope that you feel able to participate with us in this exciting endeavour of creating a living and breathing contemporary expression of Celtic Christianity on the south coast of England. We have added a Paypal button (below) that will enable you to buy shares in a straight forward way. All you need to do is fill out the back page of the prospectus, return to us and indicate you have used Paypal on the form. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Our prayer is that together we will;

“ Stand at the crossroads and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for our souls. ”– Jeremiah

Greg Valerio
Founder of SSC & Spiritual Director (FISC–Canterbury)

COLUMBA’S BARN COMMUNITY BENEFIT SOCIETY PROSPECTUS – December 2016

 

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