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

 

Places of worship have been told to close again during this second lockdown, so we at the Beacon are not likely to meet for worship for some time. We do, of course, have virtual services you are welcome to join in with us. For our circuit service click here

 

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

 

For a message from Catherine, please see our news page

 

 

Our Deacon is Michelle Legumi (pictured right) who has been with us since 2017 and is 

very much involved in community activities - such as Together 4 Dover and the London Road Community Forum - as well as the life of the Beacon.


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 the coronavirus crisis. Now that the second lockdown is in operation, T4D is providing similar support.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Footprints usually hosts a CAP Money Course and we are excited to announce an online version (on Zoom) in November.
 
If you are interested in joining the online course, please send an email to info.dovermoneycourse@gmail.com to book your place. Click here for more information.

 

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 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