The first Ferndale Community Market was held on Saturday 30 July.
The initiative is one that hopes to bring people in the Randburg area who have things to sell into contact with the community of Ferndale who come to browse and buy. In the process we bring people onto the church property who would otherwise never think of popping in. By meeting our community, in the form of the organisation, the tea garden, the stalls we set up and the general atmosphere, these visitors may become curious and ask questions. At the very least conversation can spark up.
This initiative relies on members of our congregation coming to the Ferndale Community Market because they are curious, and they are interested in community building.
On Saturday 30 July we had eleven stalls that included our White Elephant stall, send-hand books and Tea Garden. There was a good selection of goods from clothing to preserves to personal care and glassware on sale. Some congregants who enjoy community gatherings for the social aspect came to enjoy the tea garden; friends now living in Stellenbosch came to see what this initiative is all about and some congregants brought friends.
All the stall holders made sales, but the day could have been busier. The next Ferndale Community Market is on Saturday 24 September, and we rely on our congregation to help build these events into meaningful community builders, not simply a day of commercial activity.
The St John’s Children’s Festival comprised three parts. Firstly, the children gathered a fire and story. The story is a uniquely Africa Story. Then the children lit a candle for a lantern from the St John’s fire and snaked their way with their lanterns to find the aloe flower of the story. There they created an aloe frame with the lanterns.
Compost is nature’s way of returning the energy of plants back into the ground to nourish the next growing season. As human beings we can participate in this process consciously and add elements into this composting process that draw a new quality into the natural processes. These elements are the preparations that make for a biodynamic compost heap. Daniel had prepared for the building of the compost heap by gathering the components that go into making compost. Most of this is the dead and dying material that nature sheds at the end of the growing season. Into this is added some freshly cut organic material, some well matured compost and the manure of animals fed on pure natural plant feed. Some mineral components are added and when everything has been beautifully layered and moistened, the biodynamic preparations are added. Then we wait six to nine months for nature to do what it does best. The compost that was made last year has nourished parts of the gardens already.
An enthusiastic small group gathered on Youth Day at 14h00 to build the biodynamic compost heap and then to spray the entire property with Preparation 500. A lot of meaningful conversation introduced those present to all the concepts of biodynamic compost making. When all the Preparation 500 had been spread, the tea and coffee was consumed and happy, weary people turned to home.
Photos are courtesy of Natalie Gerike.
The Community Room with the sale of second-hand books, gifts, crafts and deli
Craft, deli and gifts
Tea garden with the teas, coffee, cake and food
A short excerpt from 3 forms that Rhyse Sothern demonstrated.
Child of the red twilight dawn - a dramatised story for children
Making Advent Gardens
The exhibition of these paintings accompanied the Michaelmas Conference of 2021.
The Phoenix Bird rising from the ashes in fire and flying to the Temple of the Sun
The incarnations of the Earth
The five vowels inspired by the Eurythmy gesture of each
We were very fortunate to host two artists and their works. Maria Müller, the sister of Ludmilla King, exhibited watercolours painted in South Africa, Switzerland, Finland and Italy. Jean McGillivray exhibited a selection of floral watercolours. All the paintings are for sale. To enquite about a painting call the office on +27 11 789 3083 between 8am and 1pm CAT.
The opening of the joint exhibition was celebarted with a social event at which tea, coffee and a delicious selection of sweet and savoury delights were on sale. The event was coupled with a sale of second-hand books and a shadow puppet show for children of all ages.
The images below speak for themselves.
Works by Maria Müller
Works by Jean McGillivray
The Jerusalem fern is a desert plant. When the desert dries up the Jerusalem fern will dehydrate to look like a fossil. It lets go of its hold in the sand and will be flown about the desert until it finds water again. It can remain in this dormant state being blown about the desert for years. When it finds water it will unfurl as can be seen in this photo and even become green.
A message from the Board of Trustees:
It is evident that we are living in a time of great transition, socially, economically and also on a personal level. At the Trustees meeting we contemplated how to respond to change, letting go of the past, being open to what the future brings and being awake to what wants to emerge. This is often painful but can be fruitful depending on our attitude and the will to birth and nurture new ideas. The notion of seeding the future is strongly felt and this was also our theme for the Budget Forum that took place on Sunday 21 February.
At the Community forum on 21 February 2021 each one present brought a seed, or could select a seed graciously provided by Jean McGillivray, to plant in a pot. The purpose was to watch it germinate and grow, transplant it into the garden when appropriate and possibly collect the seed from the plant when it flowered to reseed future plants.
Here are photos of the results:
Jean and Evan McGillivray
Moonflower of Irmtraut Rohlssen
Bean of John-Peter Gernaat
Adam and Lorrine Botha
The Act of Consecration of Man
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Sunday Service for Children precede by a story