On Sunday 10 February we held a very special celebratory
faith lunch after the morning service to mark 50 years of
loyal service by our caretaker, Jack Ash. We presented him
with a certificate, and our Minister's wife, Lisa, made a
special cake for the occasion. We were also able to wish Jack
well for his 92nd birthday two days later.
We welcomed Simon Edwards for the first time to conduct our
worship in February, and we were also pleased to welcome his
wife Hannah to conduct our worship for the first time in August. We were delighted that Simon accepted
the appointment of Lay Worker with Young Families and Children
in the circuit and a commissioning service was held at River
Methodist Church on Sunday 14 September.
Our oldest member, Dorothy Noel, celebrated her 100th birthday
in March. Dorothy, who was born in Dover, was the widow of
former Methodist Minister the Rev. Bert Noel. Their Ministry
took them to various parts of the United Kingdom, eventually
retiring back in East Kent where they were much involved in
the life of churches in the area. Dorothy lived in a residential
home near Dover, and she thoroughly
enjoyed her 100th birthday celebrations. Sadly Dorothy passed away
on Saturday 20 December.
The Procession of Witness took place through Dover on Good
Friday and in the afternoon we gathered for a service of Meditative
Readings and Prayer in our church. After an Easter Vigil on
Saturday evening, beginning with supper and ending with Holy
Communion, Easter Sunday began with a Sunrise Service at Dover
Castle at 6 a.m. Our early Holy Communion service at The Beacon
was followed by an Easter breakfast in the church hall. At
our Family Service, which included Holy Communion,. we were
pleased to welcome Pauline and Thomas Singh into the membership
of The Beacon..
Our Holy Week services began on Palm Sunday with a family
service, conducted by our Minister, the Rev. Bruce Allinson,
during which Palm Crosses were distributed to all members
of the congregation. On Maundy Thursday, we had a service
of Holy Communion which included our Minister washing the
feet of one of our members.
Our thanks to everyone who supported our Beacon Cream Tea
afternoon on Saturday 21 June. We had a very enjoyable time
and raised £175 for the Beacon Building Fund.
We were pleased to welcome the Rev. Samuel Cyuma to lead
our worship on Sunday 29 June when his theme was Honesty and
Hospitality. It wasan inspirational time of worship.
We have started a new venture at our church. Footprints @
The Beacon is a meeting place and drop-in centre which we
have set up in former shops in London Road, Dover, next to
our church. Footprints will be used for meetings, coffee mornings
and other activities. Coffee mornings are held on the first
and third Wednesdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Please pray for this new outreach project.
Two of our longest-serving church members celebrated a very
special occasion on Tuesday 15 July - their 70th wedding anniversary.
Evelyn and Leslie Tutthill met at our church, became members
when they were in their early teens - more than 80 years ago
- and were married in our church in 1938. Over the years they
have been involved in many aspects of our church's life, particularly
in the Sunday School. Now 94 and 95 respectively, Evelyn and
Leslie are unable to attend Sunday services, but join with
us by listening to a recording of each service the following
On Sunday 21 September we celebrated our Junior Church Anniversary
with a special service, led by Simon Edwards. Many of our
young people took part.
Our Harvest Festival service on Sunday 28 September was conducted
by the Rev. Roger North and he gave us food for thought with
his inspiring sermon. The adult members of our church brought
gifts of money for a URC charity fund, and our young people
brought gifts of food which were then taken to St Martin's
Emmaus in Dover.Thanks to everyone who supported the Quiz
Night on Saturday 27 September in aid of ootprints (our new
Thanks to those who supported the Barn Dance on Saturday
1 November in aid of our Building Fund.
Presentations were made to three of our Junior Church and
Sunday School leaders who have retired after many years' service.
Doris Friend and Joy Philpott have helped to teach hundreds
of young people over the years. And Leslie Tutthill, who has
given more than 60 years' service, has been appointed Superintendent
On Sunday 16 November we held our Junior Church Prizegiving,
when the youngsters received books in recognition of their
attendance during the previous year. It was also our Toy Service
when the children and young people bring toys, books and games
they no longer need to send on to other less fortunate children
in other parts of the world, via British Humanitarian Aid.
We had our First Star communion service on Christmas Eve
and our family service on Christmas Day itself.
We were pleased to see so many people joining us for our
Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday 21 December, and our thanks
to all those who took part.
We have also been sorry to record the deaths of two more
members, Barbara Thompson and Peter Davis.