"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 most of our activities including Sunday worship will not take place until further notice. This applies to Coffee mornings, Art Club, Adult Craft Club, Friendly Friday, Children's Craft Club, Creative Church, Youth Coffee Bar and Toddlers. We will post information on Footprints door and screen about Foodbank, SNAP and Community Table as we seek ways in which we can 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

 

You can take part in Methodist worship services on-line. Our Canterbury and East Kent Methoidist Circuit is organising services based at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury, which includes our Ministers and members. 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 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 sheets for the next few Sundays.

 

BEACON BLOG

 

"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it."

 

Are you fearful during this challenging time - or are you faithful, or a mixture of both? We have a God we can trust and who we can share our fears with. 

 

Click here to read more.

Our Sunday services and all activities and meetings organised by the church have now been 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 currently discussing ways in which we can support our members and the wider community during the coronavirus crisis.

 

Bootcamp Fitness Class, WellnessWins (formerly WeightWatchers) and NA will not meet again until further notice. Kaleidascope Play School has also suspended its sessions.

 

See below for Foodbank arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

They 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 will help make life a little easier for those who are most in need.

 

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

 

 

 

 

FOODBANK has now 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.

 

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 here. Also we want to cover the noticeboards and windows with rainbows and messages of hope and thanks to Key and Essential Workers so please 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

 

Together 4 Dover

 

The Beacon is one of the organisations which have come together to provide support to people - and particularly the most vulnerable in our society - during the covid 19 pandemic.

 

Together 4 Dover will be playing a vital part in the community's response to what is happening, ensuring that support is available where and when it is most needed. More details will appear here in the coming days and weeks.

 

 

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 as a toilet. We have had mattresses, a bed-frame, 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.

 

We are working 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. We worked with the council to provide evidence as to who dumped these mattresses (pictured right) which resulted in positive action being taken.

 

Another six shopping trolleys, bags of rubbish and unwanted toys have been dumped on our land in the past few weeks together with a broken mirror (the glass could have been dangerous).

 

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

 

 

Looking back ...

 

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