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World Day of Prayer March 5th 2021 – Build on a Strong Foundation – Vanuatu: information available on the Prayer page of this web site

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.

Service on Sunday 7th March

On Sunday, Lay Preacher Karen Smith leads our worship, which is a Communion service. The reading from John’s Gospel explodes from the page as we hear of Jesus Turning the World upside Down in the Temple. We will be thinking about how following this feisty man means that we too must be people of action & look to see how we are being asked to turn our accepted ways of church upside down too. Join us on Zoom at 10.20 a.m. for a 10.30 a.m. start. If you are reading this and have not joined us before, please contact our Church Secretary, Hugh, by emailing bhurcsecretary@gmail.com.

This is a Communion Service: please have a piece of bread and a small glass of juice/ wine ready. We will be catching up on the growth of your seedlings planted 2 weeks ago, so have those with you too.

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

Involvement in our Eco Church development

NEW: Earth Hour March 27th at 8.30 a.m. A date for your diary – turn off your lights for an hour in this worldwide initiative to promote awareness of our impact on nature and climate change. Further details on the Eco Church tab above.

NEW: Tools with a Mission: there is a new tab on the Eco church page with details of the items they will take. We will collect anything you have to donate on the Easter road run on March 27th.

Textile collection: find details on the Eco Church page

Collecting stamps on behalf of the RNIB: find details on the Eco Church page

Virtual Coffee Morning

We meet once again on Saturday March 6th at 11 a.m. An invitation will be sent out for you to join us on Zoom for a chat over coffee.

NEW: SEEDS OF HOPE – LENT 2021

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Look at this new page which will bring together all sorts of activities, materials and resources in preparation for and during Lent 2021. Our focus, in these difficult days of pandemic and lockdown, is Seeds of Hope.

There will be details of our growing project throughout Lent, preparing an Easter garden, another road run on March 27th, prayer time, nurturing our faith through reading and sharing our thoughts about Bible passages related to SEEDS and HOPE, as well as mission and outreach bringing hope to others.

We hope the resources will support each of us as individuals to live in relationship with God, people and the whole of creation. The hope, too, is that they will enable us to discover new depths to prayer and spiritual growth and help nurture all of us as confident disciples as we seek to live out our faith seven days a week.

Monthly Virtual Nurture Group NEXT SESSION: March 15th at 11 a.m.

Similar to Bible Study: As we enter the Lent season, our discussions will centre on Seeds of Hope in people, in the scriptures and our discipleship. This is a series of meetings on Zoom, to be held at 11 a.m. on a Monday morning on the following dates: February 22nd, March 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th. We will be joined for some of these by Rev’d Ray Stanyon, our Development & Support Officer.

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.

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.


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

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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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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