Shoeboxes Update

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal 2021. 16 Boxes were completed by members of our Church Family and friends and then donated items and money meant we were able to put together another 45 Boxes, along with 23 crocheted/knitted Blankets and a lovely lot of Knitted Bears. As Area Receivers, we are the base for other groups to bring their contributions and so, on 16th November, the lovely Link to Hope Volunteer Van Drivers collected 248 boxes from our garage! Hilary Collins

Christmas Tree Festival

We hope you managed to visit our church during the festival and that you enjoyed the peaceful experience. It was interesting to see all the trees as they would traditionally be decorated in different countries around the world.

If you missed the festival, the trees will be displayed in church until Christmas and you can visit when the Beacon café is open on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays, 9:30 to 1pm.

Pilgrims Book Club

We had a great time in our first series of meetings reading Humankind, a Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman. This book started some interesting discussions.

Gordon hopes to lead a further series of meetings looking at a different book after Christmas.

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Vision Launch Event

This joint Hub event in the Beacon café on Saturday 18th September went very well, with a comfortable number of people coming to find out what the Vision Group have been up to, and to offer their support for some new initiatives.

We had 4 stalls set up, run by Alison, Rachel, Beryl and Pam. The stalls were promoting Chillout Church, Café Church, Traditional Church and Small Groups. We were busy talking to people and taking names.

The Vision Group is meeting again early in October to bring together all the information gathered.

Click here for the information brochure

Action for Children Garden Party

Keith & Margaret organised a very pleasant ‘CHURCH AFTERNOON GARDEN TEA PARTY’ on Saturday (21st August) and this was well attended in spite of a VERY WET MORNING preceding it …however, the weather cleared after lunch and we all (about 45 of us) sat down for a nice chat followed by scones, cakes and cups of tea! It stayed dry ALL afternoon!

At the conclusion a BUCKET COLLECTION was taken for ‘ACTION FOR CHILDREN’ and this raised £210!!
Many thanks to Keith and Margaret for their hospitality and for being able to enjoy their lovely garden!

Michael Bale – on behalf of all who attended!

Rev Andrew’s Wales Spartan Challenge

Amazing job! Andrew & Jonathan completed the Spartan Challenge in Chepstow today, 20th June. They managed the 10 km run and various strength & endurance tests. Great thanks to the many supporters who turned out to cheer on our “dynamic duo” – Andrew & John were so encouraged.

An absolutely wonderful  £6449 has been raised for Hope in Christ School, Zambia up until today, which will enable them to build a NEW school classroom and will help towards refurbishing the school kitchen & dining room. Along with all at Hope in Christ we give grateful thanks to God and to all of you who have so very kindly and generously supported this project. 

It’s not too late to sponsor them. You can still do so online using your credit/debit card through the link below

Link to give.net

Hope In Christ Grade 8 Class

Beacon Re-opens

We are pleased to tell you that you can come into the Beacon coffee shop as from Monday 17th May for your coffees, teas and light meals. Debbie and Cheryl will be there from 9:30 to 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The family room is open for two families at a time. Please book the family room with Debbie using the email beaconbookings@gmail.com 

Action For Children

The committee is very pleased to report that the Christmas Appeal has just closed and the grand
total collected was….wait for it!!…. £1146.00! Our heartfelt thanks to all who helped us to raise
this magnificent total.
The need for help to families nationwide is as great, if not greater, than it was before the pandemic and this helps us to redress the balance due to our inability to hold any events over the past 9 months.
We hopefully plan to have a celebration of some kind when we can again hold functions…..more of this later.

Michael Bale and the AFC Committee

Messy Church

Come with your family to Messy Church on Saturday 7th March at 3pm when we will be doing lots of crafts, stories and songs. Get to know one another over a hot meal.

Christmas Tree Festival

Our festival brought welcome light into the darkness of winter. Many people visited and enjoyed looking at the variety of tree decorations all based on the theme of ‘The Nativity’. You can still come in and see some of the trees which will be displayed all Advent. The white tree was made by Boys Brigade using recycled materials, and was based on scripture which says we should do no harm to our world.