Welcome! Beacon Hill United Reformed Church is a small, friendly church based in Hindhead, surrounded by beautiful countryside, seeking to love God and serve our community. You can be assured of a warm welcome. Services are held at 10 a.m. each Sunday.
Monthly Virtual Nurture Group NEXT SESSION: January 17th 2022….. Consequences: we all love the Christmas narratives, but what would have been the impact of what happened to those we read about? Do we ever think about what might have happened to the people of Bethlehem living under Herod’s government? What was it like to go on the run and head into Egypt? We’ll be thinking about this in our discussion in January………..
The service next Sunday, 23rd January, will be led by Reverend John Mackerness. It will take place in church at 10 a.m.
The death of Peter Pay, Moderator of General Assembly
We join with everyone in the United Reformed Church in paying tribute to a fine man, Peter Pay – Moderator of General Assembly – who passed away on Saturday December 18th 2021. Peter had been ill for some time. He has served Wessex Synod for many years as Synod Clerk and was a Lay Preacher.
All at Beacon Hill URC send their condolences to his widow, Jo, and their family.
As the COVID variant, Omicron, takes grip, a prayer for these times
Oh dear God,
This keeps going. It ends, it spirals, it ends, something new is revealed.
People are welcomed, people are refused. We travel, we cancel.
We hope, hope is dashed, we hope, we dig for will-power.
How can we find you in the midst of all of this?
Oh dear God, we don’t have to search.
In the midst is where you always have been and are still.
We summon our stretched energy to praise you.
Give us grace beyond our experience and belief to experience energy and new hope.
In this Advent waiting time, we pray for ourselves and each other to live these days as well as we can, no matter their shape.
We praise you and commit to Hope.
By the Revd Elizabeth Gray-King, North Western Synod pastor
Angel art work
in The Hub
Beautiful art work by the talented group that meet each Monday morning at the church. Items displayed are all for sale with proceeds to MacMillan
Online monthly prayer time
Our next online meeting is on Monday February 14th at 11 a.m. A Zoom invitation will be sent out to church members. All are welcome, so please contact Karen, one of the Elders, for further information.
The Link to Hope Shoeboxes are on their way!
Our annual collection of Link to Hope Shoeboxes are on their way to the collection point for distribution to children and families in need this Christmas. Thank you to Bridget & Robert for their hard work throughout the year finding the items to put into the boxes and to all those in our church who generously supported covering the costs for this to happen. Lord, the light of your love is shining
Our Community Book Corner is launched
Come along to browse the books, borrow some for free, sit and have a coffee and swap books you have read. Open on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9 – 12 midday.
In Touch Magazine: the Autumn edition of the joint magazine produced by our friends at Fleet URC can be found here:
Involvement in our Eco Church development
NEW: SUPPORT FOR BREAST CANCER
Our new initiative is to be a community collection point for new and used bras for ‘Against Breast Cancer’. We’ve ordered a collection box and will be putting posters up throughout the village to encourage people to donate unwanted bras. They are collected and sold on to raise funds for the research in to a vaccine for breast cancer, as well as being sent out to communities in Africa to small businesses to sell at affordable prices to local people.
Tools with a Mission: there is a new tab on the Eco church page with details of the items they will take. If you didn’t have a chance to donate on Saturday, let Hugh know so we can arrange collection
Textile collection: find details on the Eco Church page
Collecting stamps on behalf of the RNIB: find details on the Eco Church page
Stepwise online: accessible discipleship development
Perhaps the impact of the coronavirus has made you think about your faith and wonder how you might develop or revitalise your discipleship. Have a look at the video on the Nurturing Faith page of this web site to learn more about the online programmes being run, with a combination of Zoom led meetings and self- learning tools.
The URC provides a Daily Devotion with a short Bible reading, reflection and a prayer. These are available each day as a podcast. There is also a digital Sunday Worship service available each week. http://devotions.urc.org.uk/urcddtoday.php
If you would prefer to receive these reflections and the services by daily email, you can sign up here.
As we no longer have a Minister based at the church, the Elders are dealing with every day matters.
Secretary: Hugh Le Fanu
Tel: 01428 607546
Treasurer: Christine Allen
Tel: 07713 153110 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Kathy Le Fanu
Tel: 01428 607546
United Reformed Church Daily Devotions
The URC provides a daily devotion with a short Bible reading, reflection and a prayer. These are now available each day as a podcast.
If you would prefer to receive these reflections by daily email, you can sign up here.
For some time we have been recording the Daily Devotions and, each morning, a link is sent out, marked Podcast in the section above, which people can click and then hear the recording of the reading, reflection and prayer. Now it is possible to listen to the Podcasts directly through your normal Podcast provider or via your Smart Speaker.
I should say that I am not an expert on Smart Speakers and can only go on what has worked. If this doesn’t work for you I’m not able to help so please ask someone younger and more technically proficient! But if you say:
“Alexa play the podcast of the URC Daily Devotion” or
“Hey Siri, play the podcast of the URC Daily Devotion” or
“Hey Google, play the podcast of the URC Daily Devotion”
(choose whichever greeting makes your Smart Speaker work!) you should get today’s Devotion.
You can also get it to play the previous devotion by using the word “previous.”
On Sundays it will play the Service, if you want the Devotion you will have to tell it to play the “previous Daily Devotion”. It seems using the word “Podcast” is key but I suspect Smart Speakers will adapt after a few uses and learn what it is you are asking for.
The Podcasts are also available on Spotify (just manually find the Podcast section) and various other Podcast providers as well as by clicking the link on the top of each email.
We hope that these new ways of listening will make the Devotions more accessible.
With every good wish
A weekly insight written & recorded by our former Minister, Ruth, in 2020 on ways our lives are touched by our faith. Designed to make you think and to nurture you in your faith journey. It can also be accessed by phoning in to listen on 01252 978353. Please let people know! December 2020 November … Continue reading