Our place in Creation.
St Columba’s Barn, Chanctonbury.
St Columba’s Barn is the home of the Society of St. Columba. A tranquil and peaceful place set in the heart of the South Downs National Park on the north side of Chanctonbury Ring, an ancient bronze/iron age fort.
The farmstead consists of 23 acres of land, with nine period buildings dating from the early 19thcentury. At the centre of the farmstead stands the Great Barn, an historic Sussex flint and timber tithe barn, with a Horsham stone roof. One of the tasks as a Society is to bring this farmstead alive by restoring and invigorating this place with prayer and a new community focus.
Our activities across the farmstead consist of market gardening, forest garden, rearing rare breed livestock, food & hospitality, reading & study centre and a sustainability and conservation infrastructure that will future proof our home on heat, electricity, water and waste.
This is no small task and physically represents God’s call to start all over again. In our case literally from the ground up. As we work, we pray, as we pray, we are encountered by the transformative power of God working in us to return all of life back to our Creator.