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Crowd Funding for Community Co-ordinator.

Why are we crowd funding for a community co-ordinator? Because we are seeing an increase in request from people to come, visit and get stuck in. It needs co-ordinating.

The Society of St Columba is a new monastic community rooted in the heart of the Sussex South Downs. As a community we are seeking to encounter Christ in community and creation. Work on preparing Great Barn Farm as our new monastic home has begun, shepherding sheep, farmers markets, community lambing, clearing fields, preparing the ground for market gardening, prayer, community work days, retreats and pilgrimages and so much more all require an eye for detail and some co-ordination.

These are exciting times for us and we are grateful to God that the prayer and the work of the community is growing. We are receiving a lot of interest from good hearted people who want to come and take part in the life that is emerging at Chanctonbury. We recognise that we need of a part time community co-ordinator, to help us bring some order to the burgeoning activities. Once we have secured the funding we will then publish the job spec and start the recruitment process.

Therefore we are asking all our followers, supporters, well wishers and participants to consider contributing a small and regular amount of money to the Society. We are not adverse to receiving one-off donations either if you would prefer. These small and regular contributions will create a sustainable income for the community, that in turn will allow us to plan long term for the growth of the activities and ensure we are focussing on the quality of the work and maximising volunteers and visitors experiences when they are with us. We are in this for the long haul, no short termism, just the steady work of encountering Christ in community and creation.

Our target is to raise a sustainable £10,000 per annum for this part time role. If we had 40 people giving £20 a month and linking that to Gift Aid, we would more than exceed our target.

If you would like to express your support and solidarity with our new monastic activities then please use our bank details below, and don’t forget if you are a UK tax payer, then do message us and we will send you a Gift Aid form that will authorise us to claim the extra .20p in every £1 you contribute.

Please e-mail us at info@st-columba.com with any contribution you make so we can account for it and write to thank you personally. Additionally you may wish to come down to the farmstead and spend a day with us and experience what God is doing here on the sunny south coast of England. You would be most welcome.

So many thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon and sharing our stories.

Bank Transfer and Standing Order Details

Society of St. Columba

Cooperative Bank

Account Number: 65855067

Sort Code: 08-92-99

Paypal: info@st-columba.com

Society of St. Columba is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in England & Wales no. 1160486

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