At our Church Meeting on Sunday 23rd May 2021, we discussed our foci for Mission as we move to open the church once more. This model, showing that Mission is all of the things Church does, was presented to explain the structure of that planning. We decided we would seek to:
- To be alive and active as church, being a community sharing God’s love and care with one another, as well as the local community & more widely in the world
- Opening the Church for in- person worship following Government & URC guidelines
- Improving the sound & vision to enable all to be better included in worship
- Offer prayer time & Bible study, either online or in person + Prayer Circle
- Fellowship through: Monthly coffee morning in the garden or indoors; reinstate Faith breakfasts & quarterly lunches; pastoral care
- Maintaining & building on ecumenical relationships – Churches in Beacon Hill, Haslemere, Area Prayers
- Opening Church activities for the local community – The Hub; URChins – identify what else we would like to do
- Communicating with the outside world through our Web site and Church windows
- Integrating safeguarding organically into our culture
- Build on relationships with the Community – Whitmore Vale Housing Day Centre; ecumenical contacts in the village; the school; Beacon Hill Nursery
- Outreach through Eco church initiatives, Sight Loss Friendly Church, Ocean Stars, Link to Hope, Tools with a mission
- Investigate URC initiatives to make us known as a place of worship & God’s care e.g. Child, Youth and Family Synod initiative; Tools with a mission collection point
- Opening the church to hirers – reviewing returning hirers & identify ‘gaps’ when others may be accommodated safely
As Christians, we are called to care for our neighbours, whether they are strangers or friends.
We support our local community in various ways.
- Providing a safe space in the Hub for the people of Beacon Hill to have a coffee, chat and rest. Whitmore Vale Housing Association have a closed door session each week too.
- A community book collection for local people to borrow books for free. People are invited to sit and read or take a book away when The Hub is open, bringing it back to swap for another.
- Donating to Haslemere Foodbank,
- Supporting Parents with our URChins Club (Mother and Toddler group)
- Provide community space for people to seek a wholeness in health and wellbeing.
- Offering a very reasonably priced venue for local people to hire.
The URChins Club
URChins toddler group runs in the Osborne Hall and welcomes all parents and carers with under-fives on Friday mornings during term times 9-11.00 am. We ask £1 per family which includes child- friendly snacks and a hot drink for adults. A variety of table and floor toys are on offer and a take home craft to make is available for all! You are welcome to stay for the whole or as little of the session you wish. Please just turn up or contact Bridget 01428 606236 for further information.
Even though we are a small congregation, we are committed to supporting various projects
- We support the Ocean Stars project in Sri Lanka https://oceanstars.org.uk/home
- We support Christian Aid
- We are a ‘Fairtrade’ cafe at the Hub and working to be as Fairtrade responsible as we can in running the church.
- Each year we hold a MacMillan Coffee morning to raise funds for the charity.
- We support shelterbox, an organization who supports countries in Crisis
- We prepare and send boxes at Christmas time through the Link to Hope scheme
- We collect unwanted bras on behalf of Against Breast Cancer to provide items for sale for small businesses or to wear in African countries
- We collected garden, car, household tools to recycle through Tools with a Mission