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

 

Welcome to The Beacon Church and Christian Centre in Dover.

 

A message from our Minister and Deacon

 

We are sorry that all of our activities including Sunday worship are not taking place at the moment. We will post information on Footprints door and on the screen in Footprints reception - which you can see from the pavement outside - about Foodbank and other activcities as we safely continue to support some of the most vulnerable in our community.


Please get in touch if you need/would like support in any way including a friendly chat.

 

We may not be meeting but we can stay connected and care for one another.

 

Deacon Michelle and Rev Miriam

 

Sadly we have lost one of our elderly members to Covid-19. Another of our members, an NHS worker, has had coronavirus but has recovered and is now back at work. We pray for all those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and for those on the front line who are helping to look after patients with the disease.

 

We pray that God will bless you wherever you are.

 

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.

 

 

You can take part in Methodist worship services on-line. Our Canterbury and East Kent Methodist Circuit is organising 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.

 

There are also services from Baildon Methodist Church in Yorkshire, Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem, near Stoke on Trent, Godalming United Church and Christ Church in Hitchin (both Methodist/United Reformed).

 

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

 

What might it be like if we lived as people of inescapable hope even in these strange times?

 

We all have a place at God’s infinitely large table – a party I’d really love to be at!

 

We are valued beyond price.

 

What instructions did Jesus give his disciples - and what is he telling us?

 

Click here to read more.

 

Our Sunday services and all activities and meetings organised by the church are suspended until further notice.

 

To read the decision by the Methodist Church to suspend all services click here, and to read the advice from the United Reformed Church click here.

 

We are supporting our members and the wider community in various ways during the coronavirus crisis.

 

Most of those who use our premises for their activities will not be meeting again until further notice. Kaleidascope Play School has re-opened, in line with other nurseries and schools.

 

See below for Foodbank arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us your good news and send us your pictures

 

We would love to hear good news stories of how the community is working together, fun things you are doing, any pictures you have drawn/painted send them to us and we can post them to us at the Beacon Church and Christian Centre, 37 London Road, Dover CT17 0SS or Bartholomew Street, Dover CT16 2LH.

 

In addition, if there is anyone/thing you would like us to pray for please message us(some of our church members in isolation would love to pray for you and we won't post these).

 

Blessings and peace from The Beacon Church and Footprints.

 

Walking all over cancer!

 

Victoria Beck has completed her challenge for Cancer Research, a charity which is very close to us all. She started at the beginning of June to complete 10,000 steps every day throughout the month. You can still support her by clicking here to make a donation. Thank you! 

 

It's Action for Children Sunday on 12 July

 

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 is one of the organisations which have come together to provide support for people who

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

 

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

 

They have recruited a number of volunteers who are offering to do essential shopping and picking up prescriptions from local pharmacies, working in partnership with DDC and other support organisations, and referring residents to additional help where it is needed. Other services are being developed and will be brought into operation during the coming weeks.

 

Working in conjunction with Dover District Council, they have set up a single helpline phone number which people can ring if they need help, but have 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 covers surrounding villages including Alkham, Capel, Eythorne, Elvington, Guston, Hougham, Kearsney, Lydden, River, Temple Ewell and Whitfield. People needing help can call the helpline Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 01304 892519. Out of these hours please call KCC 24-hour helpline 03000 419292. Those needing urgent support please contact the DDC helpline 01304 821199.

 

We are delighted that Dover District Council has awarded a grant of £2,500 to help fund this vital work.

 

As our Deacon Michelle explains: "T4D is providing support for some of the most vulnerable people in our society, some have lost their jobs, some struggle financially, some struggle for food. We are able to give away free food from local supermarkets which would otherwise be thrown away. We have arranged hot meals to be delivered which have been cooked by Dover Marina Hotel for free.

 

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

 

"We can arrange for clothes washing for people who don't have washing machines or can not get to a launderette, and we refer people for counselling who may be suffering from stress, anxiety or loss during this difficult time.

 

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

 

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

 

Click here for their Facebook page, and their website is here.

 

Representatives from the Beacon were outside our local supermarket, just before the lockdown, urging people to only buy the items they need and spreading the message that there is enough for everyone if we share.

 

Deacon Michelle Legumi and Cross-Links youth worker Rebecca Meredith were also asking people to donate items for the Dover Foodbank - and they were delighted with the response they received (see photos below).

 

Thank you to everyone who supported this appeal. Your donations are making life a little easier for those who are most in need.

 

Watch out for details of more ways that you can help.

 

 

 

 

FOODBANK has also had to suspend its distribution sessions, including here at The Beacon.

 

Please see below for details of what you should do if you have Foodbank vouchers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bags (above) were the items that were donated for the Foodbank by customers outside Morrisons on Saturday.

 

 

Thanks to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines who donated LOTS of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, mushrooms and aubergines (pictured above) which we were then able to give away to people in Dover who could use them. This was another excellent example of how we can all work together to help each other during this crisis.

 

FOODBANK

 

Because of the current situation regarding COVID-19, Dover Foodbank has had to close its distribution sessions both here at The Beacon, and at One Church at The Ark.

 

If you have a voucher, please phone 07870 361180. You will be asked for some of the information on your voucher, together with some other information in order for us to look at the possibility of getting food to you. Please be aware that we will NOT be able to deliver on the same day as you call us, and we will NOT be able to deliver on every day of the week.

 

Thank you for your understanding, patience and co-operation

 

 

A warm welcome will await you at our services and activities once they resume. Details can be found on this website.

 

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)

When our services resume, you can use either entrance to access our church for Sunday morning worship, although the London Road doors are locked once the service begins.

 

Help us, please!

 

A good deal of our work is concerned with helping the community, meeting the needs of the most vulnerable, and providing support for those in need. One of our initiatives involves cleaning up and clearing the London Road area.

 

In return, we would be grateful if the community would respect our buildings and property. In recent months there have been an increasing number of incidents involving litter, fly-tipping, dog-fouling, drug-taking, drug-dealing and the use of our car park and the entrance to the playgroup as a toilet. We have had mattresses, a settee, cupboard, a bed-frame, broken mirror, drinks cans, food containers, shopping trolleys and bags of rubbish as well as many other items dumped on our land. We have been left with the task of clearing it all up, and getting rid of it, which is costly. Youngsters have also been drawing on our buildings.

 

We work with Dover District Council's environmental health team to track down offenders and for them to be contacted by the authorities where possible, either to be warned about their behaviour, or to have legal action taken. Council officers took documents away from the bags of rubbish (pictured above) which contained names and addresses and the investigation is ongoing. We also worked with the council to provide evidence as to who dumped these mattresses (pictured right) which resulted in positive action being taken.

 

We are a Christian church sharing God's love with everyone, but we also stand up against what is wrong.

 

So please help us to keep the area clean, and please don't abuse our premises. Thank you.

 

Bereavement Support Group

 

THESE MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. Click on the Facebook Group link below to see the latest situation. Here are the details for when the group resumes.

 

If you’re feeling sad, lonely or at a loss following a bereavement, come along and have a coffee and a chat in the crypt of  St Peter and St Paul's, Charlton Church, in St Alphege Road, (off Frith Road) Dover CT16 2PU on the first Monday of each month from 7 to 8.30pm.

 

For further information call 07881 948459, email petra.kerr@gmail.com or click on the Facebook Group Moving With Grief

 

Weigh-Inn Christian coffee/book shop

 

The Weigh-Inn, at 17 Worthington Street, Dover, CT17 9AQ wil;l be open from the week commencing 21 July on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 2pm, Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 12 noon. You can also call 01304 207031 or mobile 07788 933835 for more details. E-mail: theweighinn@talktalk.net
 

Looking back ...

 
Children from Creative Church created their own Good Friday and Easter scenes from items they had in their homes. Here's one of Easter morning. You can see some of the others on the Creative Church page. 
 

During Lent we used Finding a Voice, an original course by Hilary Brand, for our series of study sessions.Taking the film The King’s Speech as a starting point, the course explored the ways in which fear holds us back, and examines how we, like King George VI, can face and overcome our fears and begin to find our authentic voice. Each session included an extract from the film, group discussion, questions and a meditation. 

 

The Beacon is one of the churches in Dover which welcomed people who had nowhere to live or sleep during the winter months. The Night Shelter project, organised by Dover Outreach Centre, has become vital for those who would otherwise be faced with very cold conditions outside. One night a week, they were able to  come and have a hot meal and a warm night in our church, followed by breakfast, and the same facilities were provided at other churches in Dover throughout the week to ensure there was somewhere to stay seven nights a week from December to February. Last year around 30 people a night were accommodated at the night shelter. We are grateful to the volunteers who gave up their time to run this project.
 
We were delighted to welcome the Rev Dr David Hinchliffe, chair of the Methodist South East District, to lead our worship on Sunday 23 February. He spoke to us about the transfiguration, and urged us to listen to God talking to us, and to respond to what He has to say.
 

At our Café Church service in April we talked about Trust and in February we took Growth as the theme, looking at both personal growth and spiritual growth.

 

In January we explored what light means to us and how we need it in our lives, in our community and in the world. We remembered that Jesus is the Light of the World and provides enough light for all of us to live in.

 

We made lighthouses, and other items that reminded us of light, including torches and the sun.

 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity took place in January with special services, an Agape meal and a series of coffee mornings organised by the various churches in Dover. It was organised by Christians Together in Dover.

 

We started our year with the annual Covenant Service which is always a very meaningful and important service for Christians.

 

We had a very special time at Christmas, starting with our Nativity Service which included a play by

Creative Church called "Stable Memories". This took a fresh look at the first Christmas Day, being set on Jesus's first birthday, with the Angels, Shepherds and Wise Men all coming to wish him a happy birthday, and remembering what had happened the year before when they saw him in the stable in Bethlehem.

 

Our Candlelight Carol Service was well attended by people who enjoyed singing many of our favourite carols and listening to traditional and contemporary readings reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas, why Jesus came and the opportunities it gives us to show God's love to others.

 

On Christmas Day Deacon Michelle led our family service when we thought about the Light that came into the world when Jesus was born, and - with the aid of glow sticks - we recalled how sometimes we have to be broken to see that Light, and how He comes into broken situations. 

 

We are grateful to Glenys and Paul Jeff for creating this beautiful Nativity Scene in the entrance to Footprints. Click here to watch a video of it

 

 

 

Our friends at Trinity Church, Deal, held a Christmas Tree Festival in early December with a range of interesting and ingenious trees on display.

 

We at the Beacon submitted a "Community Tree" (pictured left). Our Toddlers and Craft groups created people for the tree.

 

Why not come along to our Toddlers Group (Thursdays) and Family Craft Group (Saturdays) and join in the various activities that are organised. We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

We were pleased to welcome two pilgrims who called in at Footprints on Sunday 1 December. They had walked from Italy and were on their way to London, calling in at Canterbury Cathedral on their way. People attending the Community Lunch had an interesting chat with them.

 

Thanks to all our members, and others connected with our church, who supported the Love In A Box project and brought more than 40 boxes filled with goodies to send to children in other countries who would not otherwise receive any gifts at Christmas. To learn more about this project, watch this very moving video here

 

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: 2019