Welcome to the Beacon Church and Christian Centre in Dover, Kent.

 

Some places of worship have re-opened for worship, but we at the Beacon, in consultation with our congregation, are not likely to meet for worship again for the time being. We do, of course, have virtual services you are welcome to join in with us. For our circuit service click here

 

As we approach Halloween, we are supporting the Dover Light Party as an alternative and more positive way of celebrating this event.

 

Remembering that Jesus is the Light of the World, this initiative is being promoted by Christians Together in Dover. There are more details and an activity pack here with a quiz and things to make, including a lighthouse.

 

On Sunday 13 September we were pleased to officially welcome our new Minister, the Rev Catherine Wagstaff, at a service which was held at St Peter's Methodist Church in Canterbury, but which was streamed on You Tube so that we could all feel a part of it.

 

Catherine, who has come to us from the Teignbridge Methodist Circuit,  trained for ministry after serving as a lay preacher in West Devon and working as a primary school special educational needs co-ordinator. She was ordained at the Methodist Conference in Westminster in 2016.

 

At the service, Catherine said she was looking forward to living and working here with us. "We didn't expect to be moving, we didn't expect to be here but it is good that we are here. It is so left field that it has to be God, and God's hand is upon it," she said.

 

"I will work with you and I will  pray for you and I look forward to working and praying with you as we seek to serve God in this place." 

 

Our Deacon Michelle Legumi (pictured right) read one of the Bible passages.

 

Among those who welcomed Catherine - via a video link - was Dover Mayor Cllr Gordon Cowan. He said: "I am delighted to welcome Catherine and Philip to Dover. I hope you will settle in and have time for some lovely walks on the Downs around the town.

 

"Dover is known for the warmth and friendliness of its people. There are many challenges to be faced and partnerships between community leaders and organisations of all kinds in the town have proved to be the key to finding solutions.

 

"As Mayor of Dover I am very happy to be able to work in partnership with Catherine to make the village of River and the town of Dover the best it can possibly be.

 

"God bless you both and I hope you have many years of happiness here."

 

It was also the welcome service for the Rev Wes Hampton, who is the new Minister at Margate.

 

You can watch the service here 

 

For a message from Catherine, please see our news page

 

Until the end of July, our church was being used by Together 4 Dover for emergency food collection and distribution to some

of the most vulnerable people in the community during this coronavirus crisis.

 

We are currently considering what we do, and how we start holding worship services and other activities again, while abiding by social distancing guidelines. Obviously the new "rule of six" will now have added implications. Measures are in place when people come into our buildings for whatever reason, and when groups start meeting again they will have to have their own risk assessment approved by the church. We will keep you updated on this website.

 

The Kaleidascope Play School has re-opened with strict social distancing and cleaning measures in place. They have exclusive use of that part of our building. 

 

Despite all of this - THE CHURCH IS VERY MUCH ALIVE !!

 

As the coronavirus situation continues, we are supporting our members, friends and the wider community in a number of ways. We have been particularly grateful to local supermarkets and a cruise line who have donated - and continue to donate - their surplus food to be used by the Foodbank and in other ways.

 

Can YOU help to support Foodbank. Click here to see where the donation points are and what is most needed at the moment.

If you rely on Foodbank and have a voucher  please phone 07870 361180

 

God is still with us - at home.

 

Our former Minister, the Rev Miriam Moul, is now settling into the Oxford circuit where she is the Minister at one of the churches as well as chaplain at Oxford Brookes University. We would rather have been able to hear her last sermon here in person, but we were pleased to be able to share with many others in watching and listening online instead.

 

Some of us were also able to join in her welcome service in Oxford online too.

 

 

Click here for Look Towards The Sky, a song written by Veronica Tutthill, one of our church family, and performed and produced by Rachel Gerrard.

 

 

 

And here is a performance by the Northern Musical Theatre Orchestra which features another of our church family, Lucinda Taylor, on harp.

 

There is a daily devotion on the United Reformed Church website here and there is a daily prayer on the Methodist Church website here.

 

The Beacon is a local ecumenical partnership between the Methodist and United Reformed churches, and we extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to come and join us at any of our services and other activities.

 

Our Deacon is Michelle Legumi.

 

Our services are led by a number of Ministers and lay preachers

and range from traditional to contemporary worship.

 

We hope you will come and join us when our services and meetings resume.

Details of Sunday services

will appear here

when they resume.

 

While our churches are

not actually meeting,

you can join in services on-line.

Visit our news page for details.

 

When we resume, our Sunday services are at 10.30am and details of who will be leading our worship will be found on our News page. Creative Church for children will meet on the second Sunday of each month, at the same time as our church service, and on the fourth Sunday we will have Café Church, with coffee served from 10am. 

 

As well as being used for a wide range of church activities, our premises are also well used by community groups. Full details can be found in the Activities section of this website.

 

We support the Dover Foodbank, Dover Money Course (part of Christians Against Poverty) and the Street Pastors

 

A Cooking On A Budget course and a CAP Money Course were held at The Beacon prior to the lockdown.

 

We especially support Action For Children, Methodist Homes and Christian Aid.

 

Our members also supported the Soup Kitchen for many years since it was set up more than 40 years ago. The decision has now been taken to close it. You can read more here.

 

We hope you enjoy reading our website, and that you will come and join us when our services and activities resume.

 

You can also find us on Facebook at Footprints at the Beacon 

Or follow us on Twitter @BeaconDover

 

We are part of the Canterbury and East Kent Methodist Circuit and the United Reformed Church Southern Synod.

 

Our Superintendent Methodist Minister is the Rev. Emmanuel Aggrey-Ogoe

and the Supernumerary Ministers are the Rev. Harvey Richardson and the Rev. John Lines MBE. The Chairman of the Methodist South East District is the Rev David Hinchliffe.

 

Interim Moderators of the Southern Synod of the United Reformed Church are the Rev. George Watt and Rev. Bridget Banks, and the Rev. Bernard Fidder is the Leader of the URC East Kent Synod Area

 

Download the latest edition of the Methodist Connexion magazine here.

 

You may also be interested in our neighbouring churches, River Methodist Church and Trinity Church (Methodist/United Reformed) at Deal.

 

We are members of Christians Together in Dover and you can find details of their activities here. You can also find their Facebook page here

 

If you would like to hire our hall or one of our rooms, please email beaconchurchlettings@gmail.com or call 07936 397252