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
Remembering our dear friend Peter
Today Ruth led a service of thanksgiving for the life of our dear friend and long term member of this church, Peter Bramley. Here are a selection of photos of Peter joining in church activities, with that wonderful smile!
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.
Textile collection: find details on the Eco Church page
Collecting stamps this Christmas on behalf of the RNIB: find details on the Eco Church page
Advent 2020: only 1 day until Advent starts – details of all activities and events are being uploaded all the time on this new page on the website. Do check in regularly!
Service on Sunday 29th November
The waiting is over; or is it? This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent and we begin our journey ‘On the Road to Bethlehem‘ in a service led by Lay Preacher, Karen Smith. We will be lighting the first Advent candle in our own homes, so have a candle, wreath or any arrangement you like ready for this part of the service. Join us at 10.30 a.m. An invitation to join our digital service on Zoom will be sent out on Saturday to our members. All are welcome, so do contact our Church Secretary if you would like to join in. His details are: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith and life
Haslemere Food bank Christmas needs
The Food Bank is planning to do a major delivery of Christmas related items to families on 18th December, Government guidelines permitting!
Watch this space for information of how we might collect and donate as a church. If you want to start collecting, they need:
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Once again this year, Covid-19 restrictions allowing, the Food Bank hopes to distribute special Christmas packs which will contain Christmas goodies.
We would really appreciate if you could help with this by donating something from the list below. Thank you for your support.
Mince pies (pack of 6) (use-by date after 25.12)
Small Christmas cake
Christmas pudding (500g)
Tins/boxes of fancy biscuits
Tins/boxes of Chocolates / Sweets
Packets of nuts
It would help us in the organisation of the distribution if donations were to reach us by Wednesday 16 December.
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.
Virtual Coffee Morning: Next date December 5th
Come and join the next Beacon Hill URC’s online coffee morning on Saturday December 5th. This is time to catch up, chat and enjoy a coffee/ tea together & even share garden tips! We will do this via Zoom but non internet users will be able to phone in. We may be at home but we can still come together for fellowship! Details are emailed each week on how to join the coffee morning (as the meeting room ID number does change!) or ask one of the Elders for the phone number.
Monthly Virtual Nurture Group NEXT SESSION: December 21st
Similar to Bible Study: we will be looking at a theme over the next few months. The theme for the meetings will be the women of the Christmas story, through Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Ruth leads these sessions with some provocative questions, the opportunity to think more widely of the context of the culture the women lived in and to explore new ideas scholars put forward. Quite a testing and stimulating time!
It will be an interactive group on Zoom, so if you would like to join in, details will be sent out in advance with an invitation link to join the Zoom meeting. Our next meeting is on December 21st at 2 p.m. We will be looking Elizabeth’s experience then.
Prayer Group Online
Our next Prayer Group meeting online will be led by our Minister, Ruth, on Monday December 14th at 2 p.m. An invitation will be sent out to join us on Zoom for this half an hour of quiet prayer.
In Touch magazine Autumn 2020
Each household should have received a copy of the magazine entitled In Touch, which is a joint publication this Autumn season with Fleet URC. Many thanks to Christine at Fleet for putting this together and sending it out to everyone. Karen has spare copies if you need one.
Harvest Collection October 2020
Items for the Harvest collection were collected from your homes by the Elders on Saturday September 26th & here they are! Our thanks to Michael for taking them to the Haslemere Food Bank.
NEW: Fishing Boat funded for a family in Sri Lanka through Ocean Stars
Exciting news: having raised the funds to buy a fishing boat, Ocean Stars has identified a family that will benefit from having a boat. See the photos here:
NEW: assessing your Personal Risk
Hugh has written to us all about assessing our personal risk of contracting Covid19 by meeting together. The video and form he refers to is available on our News page:
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.
URC guidelines 17 March 2020 https://urc.org.uk/latest-news/3365-urc-issues-coronavirus-advice-to-its-churches
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.
Prayer for November
(Commitment for Life Prayer Partners 2020)
Prayer for COP26
God of life. Our planet is dying. We are responsible for the destruction of species and eco – systems.
Save us, for our death – dealing systems that rely on fossil fuels, that strip – mine the commons, that convert your natural world into cold, hard cash.
Give us wisdom and courage to find new ways in living. Empower our children who are striking for the climate. Shield all who world for a healthy environment, particularly indigenous earth – protectors. Gift COP26 with robust and workable solutions to mitigate the very worst effects of climate disruption. In Christ, we pray. Amen
Minister: Revd Ruth Dillon
Tel: 01252 625238
email: Ruth Dillon
Secretary: Hugh Le Fanu
Tel: 01428 607546
Treasurer: Christine Allen
Tel: 07713 153110 email: email@example.com
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.
Our Minister Ruth is also minister at Fleet United Reformed Church Fleet United Reformed Church.