Events and Program

Upcoming Events


Sunday, October 1, Michaelmas Festival, Potluck and Celebration - On this first Michaelmas Sunday, all first grade children are welcome to join the Sunday Service for Children. This is a very special moment in the spiritual life of the child standing at the altar for the very first time.  
We will begin at 9:15 am with singing followed by a Michaelmas story and Michaelmas Festival. All children are welcome to bring a flower. There will be childcare during The Act of Consecration of Man. After the Children Service and The Act of Consecration of Man, we will have a community potluck,  followed by Games of Courage, Balance and Aim!

Sunday, October 8, after the service and light potluck - Candles - A Thought Nugget and Contemplation - Per the wish of the community, we will begin this fall with once a month contemplation after the service as we do regularly on Wednesdays. The contemplation will take place from 12:15-1:30 pm.  All are welcome.

Thursday, October 12, 9 am - Celebrating The Act of Consecration of Man with a Homily - The Service will take place at Rose Hall in Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, 1601 Pughtown Rd., Phoenixville, PA 19460. 

Saturday, October 14, 10:30-2:30 pm - House and Garden Day - Come and help if you can. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by noon Thursday, 240-381-8557.  



Looking Ahead - Save the Dates!

Thursday, November 9, 9 am - Celebrating The Act of Consecration of Man with a Homily - The Service will take place at Rose Hall in Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, 1601 Pughtown Rd., Phoenixville, PA 19460. 

Sunday, November 12, after the service and light potluck - Bell - A Thought Nugget and Contemplation - Per the wish of the community, we will begin this fall with once a month contemplation after the service as we do regularly on Wednesdays. The contemplation will take place from 12:15-1:30 pm.  All are welcome.

Saturday, November 11, 10:30-2:30 pm - House and Garden Day - Come and help if you can. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by noon Thursday, 240-381-8557. Please note date change.

Sunday, November 19, after the service and light potluck - Talk by Rev. Cindy Hindes - look for the theme in our November program.

Saturday, December 2, 10:30-2:30 pm - House and Garden Day and Advent Garden Preparation - Come and help if you can. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by noon Thursday, 240-381-8557. 

Sunday, December 17, after the service and light potluck - How Do we experience Annunciation Today - Talk by Rev. Nora Minassian - We will look at the different annunciations in the Gospels and what they mean for us in our times.


Contemplation
By Rev. Cindy Hindes

Today we find ourselves in horrifying situations, both natural and cultural, not quite knowing how we got there, or what to do about them. What we may not recognize is that in fact we are standing at the crossroads of destiny spoken of in the 22nd chapter of Matthew, the first gospel reading for the Michaelmas season. It speaks of a wedding. We are all being called, invited to a wedding. Outer events have brought us to the time when the wedding is taking place. The Bridegroom is God’s Son. The Bride is the Soul of Humanity. 

Each of us, individually and collectively, is being invited to be aware of the union of God and Humanity, to acknowledge and partake in the wedding. To begin with, we don’t have to ‘be good’. Whether we are good or bad seems to matter less than whether we are able to hear the invitation, to recognize its significance, and to respond appropriately. We only have to respond by accepting the wedding garment offered to us and joining the process. 

One of the places, one of the portals to where the wedding feast between Divine and the Human is celebrated, is the Act of Consecration of Man, the Communion sacrament. An invitation goes out every time it is celebrated. And appropriate dress, a ‘wedding garment’, is given to each of us at the beginning of the service. It is the reading of the gospel. The gospel reading itself is the festive garment in which to clothe our souls. The vestments the priest wears are an outer picture of what we all look like to the angels when we clothe our souls with the content of the gospel, the good news from the realm of the angels. The archangel Michael asks each individual to inwardly take it up, to clothe oneself in it, so that the wedding of God and Humanity can continue in the rest of the service; so that the Son’s Father, the King, can come in and converse with us. Otherwise, we keep ourselves wailing and grinding our teeth in the outer darkness, when He would much rather nourish us with his comfort and strength and purpose. For, more than anything, He wants to call us friends, co-celebrants, as part of His kingdom of the heart on earth. 


Regional News

Open Course at the Seminary Nov 6 - 10 - The School of Chartres - With Rev. Bastiaan Baan - Michael and the School of Chartres, Celtic Origins, Platonism and its Fruits in the School of Chartres, The School of Chartres and Natura, The Seven Liberal Arts, Notre Dame de Chartres
The Cathedral: Architecture, Sculpture, Windows, the Labyrinth. For more information including full schedule, click here. Register on-line or by email,  or call (845) 356-0972.
Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY Course Fee: $150.00, includes breakfast

Thursday, November 9-11, in Denver Community - Regional Delegates Meeting

Regional updates on Facebook - Click here for The Christian Community of North America on Facebook.

Sermons when you need them - Read Rev. Cindy Hindes's past homilies at her blog.


International News
For the latest international newsletter, please click here.


Priest Away
Both Revs. Minassian and Hindes will be away from Oct.16-Oct. 21 to attend the Regional Synod.  The service on Wednesday, Oct. 18 is canceled.  Please make a note of it.  In case of emergency, please call Rev. Minassian at 240-381-8557 or Jodi Dill at 610-933-7147


Priest Consultation Hours
For conversation or the Sacrament of Consultation, please contact Rev. Nora Minassian: 240-381-8557, noraminassian@me.com

SERVICES

Sunday Services
Devon Chapel 
212 Old Lancaster Rd. Devon, PA 19333

CHILDREN
9:15 am - Children's Program 
(Begins Sept. 24th after Summer Break.)
10:00 am - Children's Service 

ADULTS

10:30 am -The Act of Consecration of Man 

Wednesday Services
Devon Chapel, 212 Old Lancaster Rd., Devon, PA
9:00 am - The Act of Consecration of Man, followed by contemplation. Note: no service on Oct. 18th. 

Kimberton Village Camphill Services
Celebrating The Act of Consecration of Man on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Rose Hall at 9:00 am. 

Community Events & Study Groups 
 
Rev. Nora Minassian's Office Hours at CVKH 
3-5 pm on Mondays at Caspar Hauser Ctr., 125 Camphill Drive, next to Serena House, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills. Please call to let her know you are coming. 240-381-8557.

Confirmation Classes 
for 7th and 8th graders
Classes resume Oct. 9th. Meets every other Monday at 6-7:30 pm at CVKH Old Cafe. 

Youth Group
For 14-18 year olds. Next meeting: Sat., Sept. 30, 3-5 pm at CVKH. Contact Rev. Nora Minassian to join.

College & Career Group 

For 18 - 29 year olds.  First meeting: Oct. 13, 7 pm - 9 pm in CVKH.


Young Adults Group  

For 30 - 40 year olds.  Next meeting: Oct. 28, 3-5 pm in Devon.


Staying Connected
Reading for those who have dies. Meeting at the Blue Room in Rose Hall on the last Sat. of the Month, 7-7:45 am. Meets next Oct.28.

Gospel of John 
Study Group
Meeting Wednesday evenings at 7:30-9 pm at Erika Asten's home, (Cindy's apt.) 130 Camphill Drive, at CVKH. Meets next: Sept. 27.
 
Threshold Group 

First Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. Contact Kerry Lee


Marionette Group 

Meets next: Oct. 6,  7:30 pm at Kepler, CVHK.


Contact the Priest
240-381-8557