A letter from our Minister: March 20 2020
From the Manse
Friday 20th March 2020
When I underwent my ministerial training in 2000, I learnt about lots of aspects of ministry, mission, prayer and of course ‘How to run a Bible study’; however the tutors failed to equip me on how to minister during a pandemic!
So it is with sadness that I write this pastoral letter to tell you that, with immediate effect, our church building will temporarily close and that all public services, activities and meetings will stop until further notice. This does not, of course, mean that the church ceases to be, for you and I are the church and we continue to be a family even though we can’t meet in person for a time.
The spring sunshine is bringing the spring flowers to bloom, reminding me of life in its abundance; however the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped our community and changed the way we are church.
These are challenging times, yet we worship a God who will give us strength and courage to face whatever lies ahead of us.
Having discussed with Elders how various aspects of church may look, we have come up with a ‘plan’, which will hopefully enable us worship God, gather in prayer, care for one another and nurture our faith.
There will be three ways to worship with us:
- The United Reformed Church produces ‘Daily Devotions’ which can be posted directly to your email address each morning and can also be found on our church website. In addition to this, during this time of church closure the Daily Devotions team will be providing a weekly Sunday audio service, which can be emailed directly to you. A link to this service will also be uploaded to our church website on Sunday morning.
- Every Sunday morning I will issue from the Manse a 15 minute video, with subtitles, in which I will share with you prayers, a Bible reading and a reflection. This will be uploaded to the website each Sunday while the church is closed.
- Finally, for people who have no access to a computer, I will be sending out a transcript of my short service, which will include the prayer, the Bible reading and the reflection.
You can access all if you wish, and hopefully you may encounter God through these various ways.
As Easter approaches, we will be celebrating communion, but more on that as the future unfolds. We will also look at hosting an online Bible study after Easter.
I know that you are very aware of our church family’s needs, and over the coming weeks the Elders and I will contact you to check how you are. However, if you would like to talk to me directly, my number is in the church directory.
Even though I will not be physically seeing you for a while, know that I hold each one of you up before God, fully aware that the Holy Spirit will be my guide.
If you have a specific Prayer request, the Prayer circles are now fully running so please contact the prayer circle co-ordinator who will respond to your request.
Even though we are ‘social distancing’ or in ‘social isolation’, we live in technological age, and so there are various ways to keep in touch,
- phoning (for people who have no computer)
- Church website
Updates will be posted on the church website, Facebook page, and Twitter account to enable the church to maintain contact, and to encourage and support you in your own discipleship.
As we go through this experience, we invite you to continue to exercise your spiritual practices.
- Worship with us on Sundays.
- Pray regularly for the health of the community and all the things for which you would pray.
- Connect with people – phone them, email, text, just to let others know you are thinking of them.
I have no idea how long COVID 19 will affect our daily activities and church life; however, know that God brings hope to those who are anxious, peace to those whose life is in chaos, wisdom for those who need clarity and love for those who feel lonely.
In these times, I hope you’ll participate richly in these opportunities for gathering and serving, and for the healing of God’s world.
I will write to you if there any changes. I send you my love and prayers and want you to know that I will miss you all.
Until we meet again, may God hold us all in the palm of his hand.
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.
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.
URC guidelines 17 March 2020 https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3365-urc-issues-coronavirus-advice-to-its-churches
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.
Prayers for March
Interfaith Prayers for Peace
(Commitment for Life Prayer Partners 2020)
Jesus said: ‘Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you. To those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other also. Give to everyone who begs from you. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.’ (A Christian Prayer)
Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken. ( A Jewish prayer)
God judges us according to our deeds, not by the coat we wear. Truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living. Know that we can attain God when we love, and only that victory endures in consequence of which no one is defeated. (A Sikh prayer)
Minister: Revd Ruth Dillon
Tel: 01252 625238
email: Ruth Dillon
Secretary: Hugh Le Fanu
Tel: 01428 607546
Treasurer: Christine Allen
Tel: 07713 153110
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.
Our Minister Ruth is also minister at Fleet United Reformed Church Fleet United Reformed Church.