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We are endeavouring to be more accessible as a church

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.

Monthly Prayer Group meeting at 2 p.m. on Zoom live Monday July 12th

We are enjoying a series of services for the month of June based on the Book of Acts.

Forthcoming Service on Sunday 20th June

Lay Preacher, Anna Crawford, joins us to lead worship this week, reflecting on Luke, the writer of Acts, and his relationship with another key figure in this book of the Bible, Paul. Join us at 10.30 a.m. for a time of fellowship and praise online via the Zoom platform. An invitation is available from Hugh, our church secretary, who you can contact on bhurcsecretary@gmail.com

Service on Sunday 13th June

We continue exploring the Book of Acts this Sunday and learn more about the emergence of Peter, through the Holy Spirit at work, as a speaker and leader for the early church. How is it that Simon Peter, the fisherman of the Gospels, steps up as Apostle, advocate for the expansion of the early church’s teaching to Jew and Gentile alike in Acts? Lay Preacher Karen Smith asks us to think about Peter – Spirit enabled.

Catch up with the recording of the service on the Virtual Worship page: click on the link below.

We listened to this recording by Synod Development Officer, Ray Stanyon, as part of our service on Pentecost Sunday. Some of you asked to see it again: enjoy!

If you would like to join us then please contact our Church Secretary, Hugh, at bhurcsecretary@gmail.com for the link.

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.

Monthly Virtual Nurture Group NEXT SESSION: July 19th at 11 a.m.

Join us as we

read and explore

the book of

Amos this

summer.

The URC weekly prayer in a time of pandemic

Healing Father, giver of wholeness, 
as we move once again out of a life of restriction and into the glory of your world,
we give thanks for places and people of healing, 
for individuals in communities, churches, hospitals, and care homes.

We pray for your healing to be present
in the lives of all who hurt and grieve and in the midst of a broken world.
As we move towards being able to worship you again in our communities,
Let us not forget those churches that remain closed and the congregations
that may never worship together again.

We ask that we too will receive the touch of your presence in our lives
so that we can pass it to others who have not yet seen your glory and majesty.
Help us to open ourselves to You as our lives gradually open up, 
and give us hope enough to trust in Your resurrection promises.

When I survey the wondrous cross, 
on which the Prince of glory died, 
My richest gain I count but loss, 
and pour contempt on all my pride.
God be merciful to me, a sinner. Amen

Ann Barton, local leader at Whittlesford URC in the Eastern Synod

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.

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.

Contacts

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
email: bhurcsecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer: Christine Allen
Tel: 07713 153110 email: bhurctreasurer@yahoo.com

Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Kathy Le Fanu

Tel:  01428 607546

Email: marialefanu@gmail.com

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.

The Osborne Hall – available to hire

Contact: Bridget Mitchell 01428 606236

More photos of our facilities are available in the About Us section

The Hub – available to hire

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.

Dear Friends,
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

Andy Braunston


Our Minister Ruth is also minister at Fleet United Reformed Church Fleet United Reformed Church.

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Faith and Life Podcasts

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

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  1. Thanks for sharing this informative post Ruth. I browsed through it and enjoyed the read. Maybe someday we may worship together at the hall? I shall look forward to offer any help that I can from a distance. Keep doing the wonderful work you are doing. I am inspired just watching you smile.

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    • Hello Sophia, many thanks for your kind words. We are worshipping God digitally, and supporting each other but the church building will not be open for a while. We are meeting on line though for prayer, Bible study and having virtual coffee together plus recorded worship and a weekly podcast!! So God has not finished with us yet ! If we can help you please let me know. Blessings Ruth

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