"The Beacon reflects Christ's light, shares God's love and serves the community."

 

Welcome to The Beacon Church and Christian Centre in Dover.

 

We worship together on Sunday mornings at 10.30am. All are welcome to come and join us.

 

Please use the Bartholomew Street entrance (CT16 2LH)

 

Our services will be led by:

 

Sunday 14 August - Rev Paul Dean, including Holy Communion

Sunday 21 August - Samm Morris

 

THE CHURCH / HALL is in Bartholomew Street, off Beaconsfield Road (CT16 2LH)

 

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FOOTPRINTS @ THE BEACON is in London Road, in the lay-by near the junction with Beaconsfield Road (CT17 0SS)

 

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Sea Sunday Service

 

We joined with people from other churches, as well as those from the port community, for the Sea Sunday Service outside Dover Lifeboat Station on Sunday 10 July. It was good to remember, give thanks and pray for all those who work at the port and on the sea.

 

Creative Church - creating footprints in Footprints!

 

We had a good time in Creative Church (in Footprints @ The Beacon) on Sunday (3 July) learning about following in the footprints of Jesus. Afterwards we went into the main church to show the congregation what we had been doing. Why don't you come and join us at the next Creative Church session on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30am.

 

 

Our church is growing!

 

We were very pleased to welcome Arthur Teddy into the church family on Sunday 29 May by baptism. We also welcomed Clare, Gill and Audrey as members of the church on Sunday 27 March, and on Sunday 3 April we had the baptism of Ezra. It was good to see so many of Ezra's family and friends with us. On Easter Sunday we were delighted to witness Alice's baptism and welcome her into membership of our church. All of these friends are very much in our prayers as they continue their Christian journey.

 

 

Community Cuppa is here ...

 

Our coffee mornings are back - but this time on Wednesdays and EVERY WEEK!

 

We look forward to welcoming friends old and new to our Community Cuppa sessions on Wednesdays from 10am to 12 noon. Drop in for as long or as short a time as you wish. You can be assured of a warm welcome, and a tasty cup of tea or coffee.

 

Thanks to our rota of volunteers who are giving up their time to ensure Footprints is open every week.

 

 

Our Easter celebrations

 

On Palm Sunday, an ecumenical service was held at St Mary's Church in Cannon Street, Dover, which included the planting of the crosses, one of which was carried from The Beacon.

 

A Walk of Witness took place around Dover on Good Friday around the town centre before going up to Dover Castle and the church of St Mary-in-Castro where the crosses were planted there overlooking Dover.

 

The Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, next to St Mary-in-Castro, was at 5.30am, giving people the chance to celebrate Easter as the sun rose over the Channel.

 

Our Easter Sunday service at The Beacon was conducted by Deacon Michelle Legumi, and included the baptism and welcome into membership for Alice. We are delighted she has taken this step on her Christian journey.

 

 

We are pleased that some of our groups are now meeting again - the adult Craft Group on Thursday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30am, and Friendly Friday from 12.30pm. Do please come and join us, bring your lunch or a cuppa and have a chat meet others! We always end with a short reflection and name those people on our hearts and minds who need our prayer. We look forward to seeing. 

 

The Tea and Talk sessions have also resumed.

 

These are for people to get out of the house and meet some new people within the community.

 

The sessions run from 12.30 until 2.30pm every Tuesday.

 

We will have hot drinks, biscuits, board games and other activities.

 

Everyone is welcome; come alone or bring friends, the more the merrier!

 

 

Opportunities to be together during the week …

 

As well as our Sunday morning services at The Beacon, we have a time of worship together on Zoom on the first Thursday of each month followed by coffee and a chat - bring your own cuppa, and a biscuit if you want one, and join some friends for a natter!!

 

Our Zoom prayer meeting takes place on the other Thursdays at 10am and provides an opportunity to gather and share together our thanksgivings and concerns and bring them to God in prayer. There is no demand on anyone to pray aloud – it is just a wonderful time to sit together in God’s presence.

 

Click here for Amazing Grace, sung by people from 50 countries around the world affected by the coronavirus. Some of them have their faces hidden because they would be persecuted for professing their Christian faith.

 

Jesus is worthy of our praise wherever we are, at home, at work, at school, in our villages, towns and cities, in the countryside, on our streets, in isolation, or meeting with others - everywhere. Here's a song about it,

Is He Worthy?

 

We pray that God will bless you wherever you are.

 

You can atill take part in Methodist worship services on-line. Our Canterbury and East Kent Methodist Circuit has services based at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury, which includes our Ministers and members, and there is also an audio service from the United Reformed Church.

 

Other on-line services include those at Wesley's Chapel in London, and Westminster Central Hall. Click on the church names.

 

You can share in worship at home - click here for details and to download the service sheet for this Sunday.

 

Would you like to know more about the Methodist way of life? Click here.

 

BEACON BLOG

 

How difficult and challenging is it to give your life to God?

 

In our covenant service we say: I am no longer my own, but Yours.

 

What does it mean for us - and for you?

 

Click here to read more.

Helping to clean up Dover

 

We were pleased to support the Great British September Clean last year by encouraging people to clean up Dover.

 

Litter pickers were busy during the two weeks taking part in the event.

 

Volunteers from the Beacon were among those who took part in a successful 

litterpick along London Road, organised by the London Road Community Forum.

 

They collected 21 bags of rubbish! Thank you to everyone who came along, and please help keep our streets FREE of litter! A week later, another volunteer collected more empty cans, sweet papers, an empty plastic sack and other items from outside our church.

 

During the week, someone dumped a bag full of soil outside our church in Bartholomew Street, and a few days later more items were dumped from the back of a car. The district council was notified and investigated both incidents.

 

Find out how you can help make a difference to your part of the community, at any time, by visiting keepbritaintidy.org 

 

 

Action for Children 

 

We have always been enthusiastic supporters of Action for Children and now, more than ever, the charity needs our support. So please visit their website by clicking here and seeing what you can do to help Action for Children look after some of the most vulnerable children in our country. There is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children their work has helped to support. If you need help at this crucial and difficult time, click here. Resources include the chance to chat one-to-one with someone online. You can also read their latest newsletter here and you can donate by clicking here.

 

Together 4 DOVER

 

The Beacon was one of the organisations which came together to provide support for people who

 were in isolation and had no family or neighbours to help them during the covid 19 pandemic.

 

Together4DOVER (Covid 19 Support) was established by a core team of representatives from various local groups and organisations and operated under the umbrella of Dover Big Local.

 

They recruited a number of volunteers to do essential shopping and picking up prescriptions from local pharmacies, working with other support organisations, and referring residents to additional help where needed.

 

Working in conjunction with Dover District Council, they set up a single helpline phone number which people could ring if they needed help, but had no-one else to support them. As well as covering the whole of Dover – from Aycliffe to Buckland Estate and St Radigund's to Maxton – the organisation also covered surrounding villages. 

When restrictions eased and shielding was no longer necessary for the vast majority of people, T4D decided to suspend the Helpline service at the end of July. All their 'regular' callers were contacted to ensure as far as possible that they had the ongoing support they needed.
During subsequent lockdowns, Together4Dover was activated again, offering support to the residents of Dover and the surrounding area with essential shopping requirements (paid for by the resident).
 
Harmony Holistic trained therapists are also available to offer free listening therapy for those who suffer with some of the consequences of Covid19, e.g. anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, gaining weight, feeling of abandonment and loss. Please call the helpline for a referral.
Thanks are expressed to every one of the amazing volunteers (more than 80 in total) for their sterling commitment, enthusiasm and caring approach during these difficult times.
We are delighted that Dover District Council awarded a grant of £2,500 to help fund this vital work.
 

As our Deacon Michelle explains: "T4D provided support for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Some had lost their jobs, some struggled financially and some struggled for food. We were able to give away free food from local supermarkets which would otherwise have been thrown away. We also arranged hot meals to be delivered which were cooked by staff at the Dover Marina Hotel for free.

 

"It has been such a joy to work alongside others who wanted to work together for the sake of those people most in need within the Dover area. 

 

"We arranged for clothes washing for people without washing machines or who could not get to a launderette, and we refered people for counselling who may have been suffering from stress, anxiety or loss during this difficult time.

 

"The support was temporary to help people until they could get back onto their feet. Some people were out of work for the first time; some had their own business but had lost most or all of their clients during the lockdown. Some people had no family or friends to do their weekly shopping. People are extremely grateful for the service we provided.

 

"God has brought people together and made this happen."

 

 

FOODBANK

 

Dover Foodbank has now reopened its sessions here at The Beacon Church.

 

It is operating on Tuesdays from 4 to 6pm. You need a voucher to attend.

 

THE CHURCH / HALL is in Bartholomew Street, a turning off Beaconsfield Road (CT16 2LH)

 

FOOTPRINTS @ THE BEACON is in London Road, in the lay-by near the junction with Beaconsfield Road (CT17 0SS)
 

Looking back ...

 

The Beacon is at the forefront of a campaign, led by Deacon Michelle, taking a pride in our environment, particularly in the London Road area of Dover.

 

We had a day of activities, working with local residents and tradespeople, in March to clear away litter, remove graffiti and generally make the area look more attractive. We are grateful to all those who took part, and we look forward to more sessions in the future.

 

 

For previous news of that's been happening at The Beacon, please click on the appropriate year: 2020   2019