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 NORMALLY held at 10 a.m. each Sunday, but not at present due to the Coronavirus restrictions currently in place.
This year’s Christian Aid Week focuses on the climate crisis. This hurts us all, but people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day – from drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives.
There will be no street collections this year, but you can donate on line on the Christian Aid website. Your support is particularly needed this year, when so many of the usual fundraising activities have been curtailed.
Laura Mead from Christian Aid will be joining us virtually for our service on 23rd May & chatting to Karen about the way the work of Christian Aid has had to adapt during the COVID19 pandemic and the impact on fundraising.
There is information below on how to donate through the e-envelope system:
The prayer journal is available in Braille via the Torch Trust, who oversee Sight Loss Friendly Church.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. Since its start in May 2016 God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. Christians from 172 countries have taken part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.
This praying together has been across our diversity and differences as every person, household and church are encouraged to pray in their own way. According to our annual survey findings an astonishing percentage of people said they were praying for family and friends to come to faith in Jesus, and a significant number of people join in for the first time, we recognise there is much more we can do together to help Thy Kingdom Come be fully in the lifeblood of the Church.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness
Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.
We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable.
If you would like to join us to worship, please contact Hugh, our Church Secretary, for the Zoom invitation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our forthcoming Service on Sunday May 16th
We are pleased to welcome Reverend John Whitton to lead our worship this Sunday at 10.30 a.m. on Zoom. As Government regulations look to be easing and we may be permitted to hug friends and family once more from next week, John brings us stories from Mark’s Gospel where Jesus was touched and that brought healing as well as when His healing touch cured a child to illustrate how the right ‘touch’ can be a blessing – ‘God’s Healing Touch‘
If you would like to join us then please contact our Church Secretary, Hugh, at email@example.com for the link.
Catch up with the recording of the service on the Virtual Worship page: click on the link below.
Monthly Virtual Nurture Group NEXT SESSION: May 17th at 11 a.m.
Similar to Bible Study: A new short series on the book of Nehemiah. What can we take from this Old Testament book to inform our discipleship in 2021? Is this a text you need to dust off and read once again or one to read and interpret for the first time? Come along and explore with us in a relaxed atmosphere of fellowship, debate and discussion. In April we stepped in to Nehemiah’s sandals to learn about the man, his life in Persia & his faith. In May we aim to find out more about the work he did in Jerusalem & think about restoration.
Monthly Prayer Group meeting at 2 p.m. on Zoom live Monday June 14th
The URC weekly prayer in a time of pandemic
On this Ascension Day,
we remember that your perspective is so much wider than ours.
You know how each person’s experience of the pandemic has been unique.
Help us not to make assumptions about others.
We pray particularly for those whose circumstances
have made the last year especially difficult.
We pray too for generous and open access to everything
that will help to deal with any of the wide ranging effects of the pandemic.
The Revd Jacky Embrey, Minister in the Bolton and Salford Missional Partnership
Heard this at Synod: following on from our service last Sunday when the reflection focused on how we can be church in preparing, supporting and encouraging one another to take our faith in to the every day, this is a young poet’s view of church – A spoken-word vision of what could be possible with Jesus for students and churches everywhere. A call to pray, to live, to speak, to love and to walk this good news out. Maybe it’s the way we walk?
Involvement in our Eco Church development
NEW: 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.
If you know of anyone who does not access IT, we now offer our recorded weekly service in an audio-only format, which is suitable for anyone who doesn’t have a computer. Please pass on the following information to anyone you feel might be helped by this. The audio service is accessed by dialling this number: 01252 978350. You will hear a recorded voice say, ‘Welcome. The Fleet and Beacon Hill United Reformed Church Service will play shortly’; and then there is quite a long pause before the service cuts in. (Please be patient as this can take a while.) The cost of the call is the rate for calls according to your telephone package rates.
We offer a digital form of worship each Sunday morning: please join us as we come together for praise and prayer. There are also a number of other URC churches offering live or recorded morning worship each Sunday. Please go to the Virtual Worship page to see what is available.
CORONAVIRUS ADVICE : Beacon Hill URC is following URC and Government guidelines on public gatherings, and is CLOSED for worship & planned activities for the foreseeable future. Online worship opportunities are being planned for each Sunday & will be available on this web site. There is also a link to the URC Daily Devotions at the bottom of this web page, which provides a short form of worship each day & there will also be a service uploaded each Sunday. Information is available on the NEWS page from organisations offering support and assistance.
The URC provides a Daily Devotion with a short Bible reading, reflection and a prayer. These are available each day as a podcast. As places of worship are now closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there will also be a digital Sunday Worship service available, starting on Sunday March 22nd. 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.
Our Minister, Ruth, is currently on sick leave. Please do not contact her regarding church matters. The Elders are dealing with every day matters at present.
Minister: Revd Ruth Dillon
Tel: 01252 625238
email: Ruth Dillon
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
Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Jenny Radford
Tel: 01428 651111
Hiring our premises
We have The Hub and the Osborne Hall available for hire. There is also a rear garden available. Prices vary according to size of room/ location and time of day, so please contact Bridget Mitchell to discuss your needs.
Contact: Bridget Mitchell 01428 606236
More photos of our facilities are available in the About Us section
Contact: Bridget Mitchell 01428 6060236
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
Our Minister Ruth is also minister at Fleet United Reformed Church Fleet United Reformed Church.
A weekly insight by our Minister, Ruth, on ways our lives are touched by our faith. Designed to make you think and to nurture you in your faith journey. Available each Wednesday during this series here. It can also be accessed by phoning in to listen on 01252 978353. Please let people know! December 2020 … Continue reading