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 held at 10 a.m. each Sunday.
Our Harvest service on Sunday 25th September will be led by Lay Preacher Karen Smith at 10 a.m. All are welcome. All gifts will be donated to Haslemere Food Bank,
Introducing the Minister at Beacon Hill URC – Reverend Alison Toplas – inducted at the church on Sunday 11th September
We extend a warm welcome to Reverend Alison Toplas, who was inducted as Minister at Beacon Hill URC with a special service on Sunday 11th September. It was a delight to see so many at the service to support her in her new ministry and for the church to be filled with singing and to have such a warm, welcoming atmosphere. We were pleased to be joined by representatives from the local clergy of different denominations. The service was led by Revd Clare Downing, and Alison was presented for induction by the Interim Moderator, Revd Graham Hoslett, with additional contributions from Rev’d Ray Stanyon and members of the congregation. Revd Wayne Hawkins gave the sermon based on a reading from John 21: 1 – 15. The service was followed by a delicious tea, with much chat and laughter. We look forward to supporting Alison in this ministry. Thanks be to God.
Pause ‘n Create: an event on 26th September
Pause ‘n’ Create: a bi-monthly time to be still and creative. For September, a taste of Calligraphy. Places limited, booking essential. Free of charge, all materials provided. Monday 26th September 12.30-2pm St Alban’s Community Hall. To book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
MacMillan Coffee Mornings 2022
Come along to our Coffee mornings on 26th & 28th September in The Hub from 9 – 12 noon. There will be cakes and coffee available, as well as a raffle, seeds, plants and bulbs on sale to raise funds for this cause. We look forward to seeing you!
Our next online meeting is on Monday October 10th at 11 a.m. A Zoom invitation will be sent out to church members. All are welcome, so please contact Karen, one of the Elders, for further information.
A prayer of compassion for the situation in Ukraine
Compassionate God, we are all very distressed at the news reports of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The constant bombing of peaceful, historical cities and towns results in destruction and many innocent lives lost, fills us with sadness. It is difficult for us to relate to such mass, unprovoked, devastation.
We ask that you comfort and guide the many thousands who find themselves homeless as a result of this war.
Many traumatised refugees are fleeing to safety on long dangerous journeys in very cold weather with what few essential possessions they could hastily gather and carry. Welcoming neighbouring countries are giving them food, shelter, basic comforts and reassuring love.
We ask that you support and comfort families as they endeavour to rebuild their shattered lives in a strange and completely new environment. Give them the strength and will to adjust to their unplanned surroundings. We also ask that hostilities may end and that lasting peace prevails enabling people of all nationalities to live in harmony. We ask these things in your name. Amen
Michael Orchard, Beacon Hill URC
Here is a link to the materials produced by the URC to help us pray for the situation in Ukraine
Our Community Book Corner
Come along to browse the books, borrow some for free, sit and have a coffee and swap books you have read. Open on Monday & Wednesday from 9 – 12 midday.
In Touch Magazine: a copy of the Autumn edition of the joint magazine is on its way to all members. This is produced with our friends at Fleet URC and an e- copy is available below:
Involvement in our Eco Church development
Printer cartridge recycling now available! Pop into The Hub on a Monday or Wednesday morning to drop them off.
SUPPORT FOR BREAST CANCER
Our current initiative is to be a community collection point for new and used bras for ‘Against Breast Cancer’. We’ve ordered a collection box and will be putting posters up throughout the village to encourage people to donate unwanted bras. They are collected and sold on to raise funds for the research in to a vaccine for breast cancer, as well as being sent out to communities in Africa to small businesses to sell at affordable prices to local people.
UPDATE: 21st AUGUST – we have collected another 200 bras and they are being sent for recycling this week. That’s 400 in total we have sent this year. Thank you to everyone who has donated. We now start again so turn out those cupboards and drop off the bras in the box in the foyer on a Monday or Wednesday morning.
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.
The URC provides a Daily Devotion with a short Bible reading, reflection and a prayer. These are available each day as a podcast. There is also a digital Sunday Worship service available each week. 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.
Minister: Reverend Alison Toplas
Tel: 07969 574355 email: email@example.com
Secretary: Hugh Le Fanu
Tel: 01428 607546
Treasurer: Christine Allen
Tel: 07713 153110 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Kathy Le Fanu
Tel: 01428 607546
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.
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