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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

This week’s Service: Sunday April 18th at 10.30 a.m.

The Reverend John Whitton leads our worship next Sunday. We continue to hear about the resurrection appearances Jesus made to His disciples and will enjoy hearing the reading from Luke’s Gospel that tells us about The Road to Emmaus. John leads worship regularly for both Fleet URC and Beacon Hill URC and we look forward to his thoughts on how we might walk the road Jesus asks us to follow. Join us online through the Zoom online platform – if you would like the details please contact our Church Secretary, Hugh, at bhurcsecretary@gmail.com.

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

Virtual Coffee Morning

We meet once again on Saturday April 17th at 11 a.m. An invitation will be sent out for you to join us on Zoom for a chat over coffee.

Monthly Virtual Nurture Group NEXT SESSION: April 19th 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.

Monthly Prayer Group meeting at 2 p.m. on Zoom live Monday May 10th

The URC weekly prayer in a time of pandemic

God,
we never thought it would be like this,
we can’t think straight.
Yet blinded by your radiance
we know that
you alone make all things new,

God, 
in our loneliness and hunger of heart, 
you restore us to new life 
in Christ Jesus, 
and we bless you.

May his risen power be strong within us
and bless us with his peace,
that we may face adversity with courage
and grow in love for you and for each other.

Amen.

The Revd Fleur Houston, retired minister and member of Macclesfield & Bollington URC

Heard this today a 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.

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

Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Jenny Radford

Tel: 01428 651111

Email: radfordej@globalnet.co.uk

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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