Sunday 28th November 2021

December 6, 2021

Beacon Bulletin

Our Mission To combat loneliness and isolation through Physical, Emotional and Spiritual wellbeing  
This week at the Beacon
28th November, Morning Worship. 11 am Revd. Ash Barker, 4 pm Lights of Love service, led by James Hamilton and Revd. Claire Turner  
Tuesday 30th November Coffee Morning 10 until 12  in the concourse
Friday 3rd December 6.00pm Youth group
Future worship at the Beacon
5th December Morning Worship. 11am James Hamilton – Communion
5th December, Christmas Messy Church 2pm
7th December, Elders meeting 4pm 12th December, Christmas Nativity 11am
19th December, Morning Worship 11am
19th December, Candlelight Carols 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 and helped, cooked, donated or just came and joined in the fun. 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.
Church Christmas Card
It has been agreed that we should again this year, give 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.  
In the moment exploring Mindfulness in a Christian context  Saturday, 4th December 2021, 10 am – 11.30    
An invitation to those who have some experience of Mindfulness  and those who have none.  This session in preparation for Advent and Christmas -you are welcome whether you attended previous sessions.    This will help you with ideas and activities to pursue afterwards,  to help you enjoy a mindful Advent and Christmas. You will need to book in advance so that the zoom link and other information can be sent to you before hand  There will be no cost, but you may like to consider an extra donation to your local church or one of the Christmas charities. For more information or book a place, please contact Jan Scott    jan.scott@live.co.uk using reference ITMonline 041221 by 1st December 2021,12 noon. If you are not familiar with Zoom or are not sure how to use it then please contact Darron Burness on 07973503236 who can help you set it up.  
Church Youth Group
Every Friday 6pm – 8pm 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  This service should also be streamed on our YouTube Channel
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. In the next few weeks, we will be looking at the lives of the disciples and their relationship with Jesus. 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