The Christian Community
in Forest Row

The Act of Consecration of Man 

The Act of Consecration of Man is celebrated on Thursdays at 9am and Sundays at 10am

Study Groups and Discussion Groups

4pm Poetry cafe via Zoom (fortnightly)



Other Events

7th August at 6pm
Evening Service for those who have died

15th August, 11.30am The Lord’s Prayer II: Heavens above and Heavens below (Nigel Lumsden)

Tuesday, 10th August, 3pm
Concert by Sarah Lett: 'Threads of Silver, Threads of Gold'

22nd August, 11.30am 
Congregational meeting
With updates on matters of concern and open discussion
28th August, 9am
Die Menschenweihehandlung (Act of Consecration of Man in German)
2-5pm Open Gardens
29th August
The Lord’s Prayer III: Living with the Lord’s Prayer. Discussion (Tom Ravetz)
7pm Social Artistic Evening

5th September
Induction of Nataliia Shatna
afterwards Welcome for Nataliia Shatna

3pm Family Event with Nataliia 


The church is now open in the mornings Tuesday-Saturday 10am-12pm. We have a wonderful art exhibition featuring work from two painters and a sculptor at the moment for you to come and see in the community room and foyer. 

Please wait to return to church if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 10 days or have new symptoms. 

In the congregational meeting on 25th August, we agreed that we will not wear face-coverings in the church or when sitting in meetings. We need to maintain the flow in our public spaces, particular the foyer and entrance lobby, which are not large enough to allow for circulation with a lot of space. 

There will be coffee after the services on Sundays from 25th July, and we will open the french windows in order to maintain ventilation in the Community Room. 

We are now sharing out communion in every service. Please leave space between each other when you stand at the front, and let the row before you sit down before you stand up to come forward. 

With best wishes,
Selina and Tom
Evening Service for those who have died
Saturday 6pm

Gospel reading, Contemplation, Quiet and Prayer
All Welcome

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.(…) When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

(Matthew 7: The Sermon on the Mount)


The 'Sermon on the Mount' is a remarkable teaching where Jesus first speaks about the realm of blessing and continues on to teach about the inner power of the human being (in salt and light imagery), reconciliation, relationships, promises, generosity, worry, judging others and the reality of answered prayer. 

The Gospel recounts that everyone was utterly astonished at his words and the effect it had on them. This isn't the first time that the listeners are deeply affected by Him. Mark the Evangelist recounts, “On the sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:21-22). Jesus’ capacity to teach was extraordinary; many heard and recognized the He was offering something new.

When was the last time the Gospel astonished us like this?

What was so radical some 2,000 years ago is still radical now. In these words, he offers so many paths of self-development and of social development, and yet, how far have we come? 

One main path is authenticity; to know our faults and weaknesses as well as our strengths, and to seek to change what is weak in us. To be bound up in thoughts of judgment upon others, or worn-out concepts leaves no space in our thinking for the Holy Spirit to amaze us with new thoughts. If we are bound by worry there is no soul space to ask for positivity and help from the heavens and to be astonished by the answers that quietly arrive. 

Ask and you will receive…

Let us try to grow in trust of this Spiritual Truth and encourage each other to discover that it has already happened, many times over, in our own lives. Our prayers did get answered, we knocked on a 'closed door' in life, and it opened to us..

When was the last time life took our breath away?

That invigorating rush of oxygen clears the head, flushes the cheeks, as it sharpens our vision and heightens our awareness. So much of the majesty of each passing moment so easily pass us by. Astonishment, which literally means being thunderstruck, is one of the clearest indicators of the vitality of our spirit life. Being astounded means being jolted awake, beside ourselves with amazement. This invariably leads us to wonder, which opens our hearts to a sense of awe or reverence for the amazing mystery of life. And reverence always culminates in expressions of gratefulness.

Conversely, when we encounter breathtaking vistas or gasp aloud at tragedies, inspiration can also steal the very breath from us. At any given moment, and all moments are gifted, we are offered opportunities to explore the magnificent mystery of being alive, wide-eyed, and open-hearted.

In the clarity of astonishment, a veil lifts and we understand that there is nothing ordinary about existence. Christ Jesus restored the spirit life in those w
ho heard his words, in those who met him and in following centuries, in all those who find a relationship to him. May he helps us to meet the world wide-eyed and open-hearted, awaiting the next wonderful moment of astonishment. 



Artwork - 'Angelus Novus' by Paul Klee 1920


We are delighted that a new priest for our church, Rev.Nataliia Shatna will be arriving in early September (pictured above).
More information is found in Lenker's letter below:

The Church Garden

We are very grateful to Michael Roberts, who took on the Memorial Garden a few years ago and restored it to its full glory. Michael is busy with other tasks, and in the interim, Linda Hammond, Merri Hope and Margaret Turner give their help for its upkeep. Our thanks go to them as well!
After discussions with them and in the Finance Group, we have decided to work towards simplifying the garden so that it will stay beautiful without needing quite so much maintenance. I met with Michael Fuller, who is prepared to think with us about the garden design. The Finance Group decided to pay Katharina Baiter to maintain the garden and help us to move it towards its new design. 

If you have any questions about the Memorial Garden or you would like to offer help of any kind, please contact me. 

In a separate development, the space on the right hand side of the large shed, which was cleared two years ago with a view to creating a herb garden, will now be cultivated by Susanne Fuller, who will grow flowers for the church, as well as some vegetables. 
- Tom Ravetz 

The Lord’s Prayer

In three sessions with presentation and discussion, we will turn to this great prayer of humanity. 
In the background is a practical question, namely that we are close to making the change in the rituals from Thee and Thy to You and Your. In many cases, it is relatively straightforward to make the change. 
In the case of the opening words of the Lord’s Prayer, there are a number of possibilities. At our last synod, the priests agreed to open this discussion out to the congregations. In order to avoid possible misunderstandings, we need to make it clear that the priests’ circle it carries the responsibility for this decision and we are not asking for a vote. However, it would help us in our decision-making to hear the spectrum of opinion in the congregations. 
The second session will be held by Nigel Lumsden, who will be staying in the guest room as he prepares to go to Toronto for Ordination Preparation. In the third session, we will leave time to hear reflections on the translation question. 

1st August    Addressing the Heavenly Father (Tom Ravetz)
15th August  Heavens above and Heavens below (Nigel Lumsden)
29th August  Living with the Lord’s Prayer. Discussion (Tom Ravetz)
Sarah will sing songs of her own making and others close to her heart. A few poems will also be shared.
The programme lasts approximately 1 hour and can be seen to chart a day or a life.
Entry by donation, which will be shared equally between the Church and The Godparents Anthroposophical Training Fund that supported Sarah during her Early Years training.
There will not be refreshments this time.

Talk by Michaela Glöckler

The talk that Michaela gave on the Sources of True Healing as part of our event in May, has been transcribed. You can download it here
We've decided to repeat the Open Gardens as the weather (and possibly Wimbledon!) deterred many from coming .
Those who did venture out said they had such a lovely afternoon and suggested we could have it again in better weather.

Come along to church on Saturday afternoon the 28th of August 2-5pm for a ticket and map.
Poetry Cafe - Tuesday 17th August 4pm
Next Theme - continuing William Wordsworth's poetry

This week we explored more poems by Wordsworth and in the next session, we will attempt to read together his work about a shepherd 'Michael' and share other poems he has written aswell. 

To take part in the Poetry Cafe, follow this link if you already use Zoom or would like to install it. Otherwise, you can join by dialling a national rate number: 0203 481 5237 and entering the following numbers when asked:
Meeting ID: 885 8806 8572 Passcode: 769554

The meeting space will open at 3.50pm.

Gospel readings

Sunday, August 1    …    Matthew 7:1-14
Sunday, August 8    …    Luke 15:11-32
Sunday, August 15    …    Luke 9:1-17
Sunday, August 22    …    Luke 18:35-43
Sunday, August 29    …    Mark 7:31-37
Sunday, September 5    …    Luke 10:1-20
Sunday, September 12    …    Luke 17:5-24
Sunday, September 19    …    Matthew 6:19-34
Sunday, September 26        Luke 7:11-17
Free Thursday Art History talks at 12 noon

Each session will be new content and will not be a direct follow-on from the week before but we will hold to our ongoing theme of the evolving of consciousness as it can be found in art over the ages of time.

Please note our new programme is as follows:
12th - Fra Angelico and Benozzo Gozzoli
19th - Piero Della Francesca, Tomaso Masaccio
26th - Michelangelo, Raphael Santi, plus various other Artists
2nd - Leonardo da Vinci — lecture by Andrew Wolpert
9th - Landscape and Sky-scape : Constable, Casper David Friedrich, Turner
16th - Impressionists and Expressionists - Deborah Ravetz will join us.
23rd - Modern Art - Deborah Ravetz
30th - Ninette Sombart - a Christ inspired artist in colour, form and depth.

I look forward to welcoming you to our journey through the ages in art and the unfolding of human consciousness.
Greetings and good wishes,

Peter van Breda

Join Zoom Meeting at 11.50am ready for 12 begin:

Meeting ID: 883 2856 7566
Passcode: 797461

Listen to Previous Art Talks:

Click here to listen to the talk on Pre-Renaissance Art 

Click here to listen to the talk on Chatres Cathedral

Social Artistic Evening
Sunday 29th August at 7pm

Join us for an informal evening where the community room 'stage' is open for anyone to share a song an instrumental piece, a poem or a sketch.
Come to be the much-needed and appreciative audience or start practising a contribution that you may like to give on the night!
Make a donation
Furniture to spare?

We are on the look out for possible furniture items for our new priest, Nataliia Shatna. Please get in touch and possibly provide photos, if you have furniture you would like to sell or donate.

Some useful resources

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Church 01342 825 436 n/a
Selina Horn 01825 790452 07742 280147
Tom Ravetz 01342 458132 07749 662717
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  • Gospel readings for the Act of Consecration of Man are listed here
  • Our Facebook page.
  • Perspectives, quarterly journal of The Christian Community. 
  • The website of The Christian Community in Great Britain and Ireland has a blog where we are posting some of the material that priests have been sending their congregations in the last weeks and months. There is a facility to subscribe to that directly. 
  • Header picture by Deborah Ravetz
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