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5th December 2021

December 6, 2021

Beacon Bulletin

Our Mission To combat loneliness and isolation through Physical, Emotional and Spiritual wellbeing  
This week at the Beacon
5th December –Morning Worship. 11am James Hamilton – Communion
5th December – Christmas Messy Church 2pm
5th December – Cafe Church 6pm
7th December – Elders’ meeting 4pm Tuesday
7th December – Coffee Morning 10am to 12pm in the concourse
10th December 6.00pm – Youth group
Future worship at the Beacon
12th December – Morning Worship. 11am Terry Thompson
12th December – Christmas Nativity 2pm
19th December – Candlelight Carol Service 6.30pm
24th December – Midnight Communion 11.30pm Christmas Eve
11th January 2022 – Church Life meeting at 6.30pm (prayer) and 7pm (business)
                                        Christmas Cracker!!   Another successful Christmas Cracker this year. Thank you to everyone who came to help, cooked, donated or just came to say hello. We raised £750 on the day. Which is amazing considering the snow and ice that came that morning. A special thanks to Louise for all the organisation and the wonderful Christmas Crafts that kept the children happy. To Darron for the lovely food that was served on the day. Very popular! Thank you to Robert, who works hard in the background every year getting the grotto ready for Santa and decorating the concourse. Finally thank you to Santa for taking time from is his busy schedule to come and listen to the children’s Christmas wishes. A lovely start to the Festive season.
Carol Singing Claire Turner is waiting for the Social Club to get back to her with a beer and Carols night. If anyone is free to come and sing carols at Jacks on Sunday 19th December it would be lovely to see you there. There are 2 slots 11.45 – 12.15 and 12.30 – 1pm.
New Road Nativity For anyone who wants to come and dress up, sing carols and eat mince pies, this years New Road Nativity will take place from 10.30am on Saturday 18th December.  
                                        Church Christmas Card It has been agreed that we should again this year, given the opportunity for members and friends to send Christmas Greetings to each other by signing one large Christmas Card in the Church rather than sending individual cards to each other and to donate, what would have been the cost to the designated charity .   This year it has been decided to support Acorns Children’s Hospital and their special poster stroke card will be available at the rear of the church from the beginning of December for signing. friends are invited to place gifts in the box provided or in the jars of grace for the month. The total gifts will then be forwarded to Acorns Children’s Hospital to continue their vital and very special work. Thank you
                                        Weekly Offering Weekly Offering Envelopes Weekly gift envelopes are now available for 2022. We do need new additional subscribers by this means for the new year as this is the only form of giving that gives the church a guaranteed a regular income, apart from bank standing orders. If you feel able to support the church in this regular and specific way you will receive a pack of 52 envelopes, each given a confidential number and a week by week date. You are then asked to put your agreed weekly gift in the envelope each week ready for the collection plate. This means that if you are not able to be in church on any Sunday your completed envelopes can be brought in on your next visit thus maintaining your promised regular support. Do you pay income Tax? An added potential bonus for the church is that any of your gifts to the work of the church not only your weekly offering but any other donations during the year can be “Gift Aided” What is Gift Aid? Gift Aid is a system that enables the church to currently claim an additional 25 pence from the government for every pound donated to them from a UK taxpayer. If you pay income tax, then please consider the possibility. Gift Aid will cost you nothing! The church will get an additional 25% from your gift. So, you give £1 and the church gets £1.25! That can’t be bad! Standing orders Several members already contribute on a regular basis by a monthly standing order through their bank rather than filling an envelope each week. This could be a method you prefer and again it ensures the Church of a guaranteed regular income and this too can be “Gift Aided “ So please give this your prayerful consideration and if you would like a supply of envelopes for 2022 or details of Gift Aid or payment by banker’s order please see Jim Richardson and he will be more than pleased to help confidentially.  
Church Youth Group Every Friday 6pm – 8 The Youth club has now been running for a while now and is proving very popular with the youngsters. It is run by Louise in partnership with the YMCA. The club is for 10 – 14-year olds. Cost is just a £1. There is no need to book just turn up on a Friday night. So, if your child/grandchild is looking to chill out on a Friday night, then get them to come along. Future dates – 3rd 10th and 17th December open as normal 24th and 31st Closed
Tuesday Coffee Morning – every Tuesday 10 to 12. Have you been yet?   This is a real opportunity to support each other and members of the public who are looking to get out and meet people. I would really like to publicise the coffee morning more widely, because it gives us a real opportunity to minister to the lonely and isolated and reconnect as a fellowship too. If you have not joined us on Tuesdays please come and do so, we would love to see you there.   Running alongside the Coffee morning we are pleased to be able to open the church up for silent prayer and reflection. We would encourage you to come along and sit in this splendid building. Our future hope will be to open the church on a Thursday too.  
Christmas Nativity This year Louise and Messy church will be holding their annual Nativity play on Sunday 12th December. If you have a budding actor or actress who would like to take part please contact Louise at outreachbeacon@gmail.com 
Bible Study For some time now James and a small group of us have been attending bible study on a Thursday at 7.30pm. We normally meet at Darron’s house however we also have the facility to join online. Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at the lives of the disciples and their relationship with Jesus. The group have now broken up for Christmas and will start again on the 6th of January 2022 If you would like to join us them, please speak to either James, Darron or Caz.
Jars of Grace Jars of Grace for November will go to support Primrose in conjunction with the Lights of Love.
Christmas Worship Just a reminder that a warm invitation is extended to all members of the Beacon to join Emmanuel for morning worship on Christmas Day at 10.15, where James will be taking the service. There will be no service at the Beacon. An invitation has been extended to Emmanuel Church members to join us for Midnight Holy Communion at the Beacon on Christmas Eve, where James will again be leading worship. There will be no morning worship at the Beacon on Sunday 26th December.   If you would like a lift to Redditch for the Christmas Day service, please contact Terry Thompson. We plan to ensure that everyone who wants to go to the service in Emmanuel will be able to do so.
Prayer Requests. If you have any requests for prayers to be included in Sunday worship, please contact Caz or James. Prayer requests won’t be included in this bulletin unless you specifically request it.
 If you have any news you wish to share, please contact Caz at cazburnessbeacon@gmail.com, or by phone at 07958 206529