BEECH HILL METHODIST CHURCH 385a Dunstable Road Luton LU4 8BY
Our Mission Statement We aim to be involved in the local community and offer ourselves and our premises as a local facility. We aim to continue working ecumenically and where appropriate with other faiths. We aim to offer worship to include participation across all ages and cultures. We promise to challenge, include and walk alongside all those worshipping with us We hope to make people feel needed and valued. We aim to engender trust in God’s Kingdom values and God’s people. We will affirm the place of Jesus Christ in our multi-faith world.

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Services in March
1st
10.30 am
United Communion Service led by Rev. Seung-Wook Jung
8th
10.30 am
Ian Horsler
15th
10.30 am
Tina Salmon
22nd
10.45 am
United Service at Oakdale led by Rev Bing Liu
29th
10.30 am
Steve Jones
Church & Circuit Calendar March 2020
1
Sun
10.30am - Morning Service with Communion & Junior Church.
2
Mon
10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open.
3
Tue
11.30am - Tuesday Reflections and lunch.
4
Wed
5
Thu
6.30 - 8.30pm - Precious Pearls at High Town. See poster for details. 7.00-9.00pm - Ecumenical Lent Group at All Saints - ‘Lost Sheep’
6
Fri
10.00 - 11.00am - Ghar se Ghar Exercise Group. 10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open. 11.00am - World Day of Prayer service at St Mary’s Church.
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Sat
10.00 - 4.00pm at The Square - ‘Inspire through storytelling’, with Rev. Trey Hall, Methodist Connexion’s Director of Evangelism & Growth. 11.00 - 6.00pm - International Women’s Day Celebration at The Moakes, Marsh Farm
8
Sun
10.30am - Morning Service & Junior Church.
9
Mon
10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open.
10
Tue
10.00 - 12.00 noon - ‘Cakes & Company’ at Aley Green. 7.00pm - Church Leadership Meeting for all stewards and leaders.
11
Wed
12.30pm - ‘Same Difference’ - a group of people from different cultures and religions meeting together to share food, fellowship and friendship. Everyone is welcome to come along.
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Thu
13
Fri
10.00 - 11.00am - Ghar se Ghar Exercise Group. 10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open.
14
Sat
15
Sun
10.30am - Morning Service & Junior Church.
16
Mon
10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open.
17
Tue
2.00pm - Bible Study led by Brenda. 7.30 - 9.30pm - Azalea Prayer Meeting, 3a Upper George Street, Luton.
18
Wed
19
Thu
7.00 - 9.00pm - Ecumenical Lent Group at Beech Hill - ‘Lost Coin’
20
Fri
10.00 - 11.00am - Ghar se Ghar Exercise Group. 10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open.
21
Sat
2.30pm - Vauxhall Male Voice Choir in Concert at The Square. Tickets £10.
22
Sun
10.45am - United Service at Oakdale
23
Mon
10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open.
24
Tue
2.30pm - Together on Tuesdays - Speaker: Rev. Seung-Wook Jung.
25
Wed
7.30pm - Coffee Evening at Aley Green in aid of A Rocha UK. A Rocha UK works with individuals and communities, encouraging them to think about their use of the environment and develop practical ways to care for people and the planet, locally and globally.
26
Thu
27
Fri
10.00 - 11.00am - Ghar se Ghar Exercise Group. 10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open.
28
Sat
29
Sun
10.30am - Morning Service & Junior Church.
30
Mon
10.30 - 12 noon - The Link Café is open.
31
Tue

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Tuesday Reflections Takes place on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 11.30am. We meet together for half an hour of praise, prayer and reflection followed by lunch. Everyone is welcome to come along - not just Beech Hill members.
The Link Cafe is open for fairtrade coffee & tea, cakes and biscuits on Monday & Friday mornings between 10.30 and 12.00. Come along and bring a friend
Together on Tuesdays Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm with a varied programme to suit all tastes. See the calendar for details of this month’s meeting
Junior Church Sunday Mornings starting at 10.30am

Regular Meetings - cancelled until further notice

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Bible Study 3rd Tuesday in the month from 2pm to 3.15pm
Same Difference This is a group of people of various ethinicities and religious beliefs who meet together on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 12.30pm to share food and talk together about things that affect their everyday lives.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and following recommendations from the UK Government and the Methodist Church, sadly we will NOT be holding church services or meetings for the next few weeks.

Prayers

Remember that the Methodist Church is wider than Britain We are learning

from our sisters and brothers around the world who are dealing with a diffi-

cult and uncertain situation and we would ask that you hold them in prayer,

particularly those in affected areas.

Revd Paul Wood, Interim Director of the Ministries Team, said: “As we deal

with the practicalities of protecting people from coronavirus we continue to

remember Our Calling to care for the other whilst always being mindful that

is that our call is always to respond to the good news in Jesus. We are a

people of hope we need to declare and model good news in these difficult

times.”

Head of Mission, Jude Levermore said: “Our Calling is to respond in love and

service to the needs of our communities. The aim of this advice is to help us

do this even while the extent of the issue is still unclear. We are grateful to

our sisters and brothers around the world who hold us in prayer as we hold

them. We should not be afraid “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but

of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.

God of all hope we call on you today.

We pray for those who are living in fear:

Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.

May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.

For those people who are worried about attending worship.

For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other

For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.

Grant us your wisdom.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that

Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.

Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

We have set up a private facebook group for members and friends of Beech Hill. If you would like to join, please send an email to church@beechhillmethodist.co.uk and you will be sent and invitation message.
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Membership 35 Sunday Service Time 10.30 am Please contact our Worship Coordinator, Anne Croft with the hymns and any other requirements (readers etc.) on 01582 867538 or annebcroft@hotmail.co.uk by Wednesday if possible. Hymn Books: We usually project the words of the hymns. If you require a hymn or song that is not in Singing the Faith, Hymns & Psalms or the Complete Mission Praise, please send the words to Anne Croft, our Worship Coordinator, along with your other service details. Projected song words should all be covered by CCLI licencing. There is a limited supply of printed Singing the Faith books for those who require them as well as Hymns & Psalms and Mission Praise to 798. (We can project higher number Mission Praise songs or other songs as required). The Methodist Worship Book is also available. If you would like a responsive reading or prayer shown on the screen please inform Anne Croft when you give her the hymns. PowerPoint slides & video can also be shown but must be loaded on the church computer prior to the service. Other computers cannot be connected to the screens. If PowerPoint slides, video or special liturgies are required, please let Anne know and she may ask you to contact Richard Ball on 01582 609204 to arrange. The availablity of screen projection is dependant on certain people being present. It is available most weeks, but If you wish to use something that is not in one of the available hymnbooks please check with Anne that projection will be available. Notices Given by the Steward at the start of the service. Offering Congregation stand as the plates are brought forward. There is a large salver on altar table to receive offering. Prayers of Intercession Led by the Preacher or occasionally by a member of the congregation. Average Attendance Adults – 35: Under 5’s – 0: 3 to 12’s – 1: 13 plus - 2 Young People Normally leave after the first 15 minutes. There is no Junior Church during August. Parking Large car park at the rear of the church accessed from Dunstable Road
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Minister Rev. Seung-Wook Jung 01525 372289 Senior Church Steward Property Bookings Ms. Julia Byron 07988 944106 Treasurer / Newsletter Mr. Richard Ball 01582 609204 Worship Coordinator Mrs. Anne Croft 01582 876538 Church email church@beechhillmethodist.co.uk Church website www.beechhillmethodist.co.uk
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Church Officers

Church Officers
Church Stewards
Ms Claudia Prince
Mr. E Joseph
Ms Carmel Prince
Ms J Byron
Door Stewards
Mrs. M Whitelock
Mrs. J Harty
Mrs. J Abbot
Mrs. S Williams
Miss Cheyenne Downer
Communion Stewards
Mrs. S Ball
Mrs. F Allen
Mrs. V Joseph
Ms. Claudia Prince
Worship Leader
Mr. E Joseph
Organist
Mr. M Kirby
Junior Church Staff
Mr. R Ball
Mrs. A Croft
Ms. Carmel Prince
Worship Coordinator
Mrs. A Croft
General Church Meeting Secretary
Mrs. A Croft
Church Council Secretary
Mrs. A.Croft
Church Treasurer
Mr. R Ball
Envelope & Gift Aid Secretary
Mr. R Ball
Mrs. S Ball
Property Steward
Ms. J Byron
Safeguarding
Mrs. L Groves
Cradle Roll Secretary
Mrs. Y Montford
Newsletter Editor
Mr. R Ball
Mrs. S Ball
Action for Children Secretary
Mrs. V Lawrence
Missions Secretary
Mrs. V Lawrence
JMA Secretary
Mrs. S Ball
Tuesday Reflections Leader
Mrs. B Ballantine
Together on Tuesdays Leader
Mrs. B Ballantine
The Link Cafe
Mrs. M Whitelock
CTL & LCOC Representative
Mrs. V Wedderburn

Information for preachers

Church contacts

How to find us

St Georges Day 2019
Harvest 2019 Supporting Luton Foodbank

Church Events

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Christmas 2019
1934
Rev. L. Ash Parsons, M.A.
1934-1938
Rev. Ernest Pratt
1938-1945
Rev. Wilfred Wade
1945-1949
Rev. George Trevithick
1949-1955
Rev. J. Owen Clutterbuck
1955-1962
Rev. R. Clifford C. Pattison
1962-1966
Rev. Dr. Ralph A. Letch. B.D.
1966-1971
Rev. Eryl W. Hughes
1971-1977
Rev. Maldwyn O. Williams
1977-1985
Rev. G. M. Kenny
1986-1989
Rev. D. Clifford Jones
1989-1991
Rev. John P. Hastings. B.A., B.D.
1991-1996
Rev. John Neal
1996-1997
Rev. Christopher Briggs
1997-2008
Rev. Julia Dowding
2008-2016
Rev. Phil Horner
2016-2017
Rev. Dr. TJ Wesley, OsL
2017-
Rev. Seung-Wook Jung
Ministers
The Grand Opening of Beech Hill in 1934
Local Preachers 1908 Douglas Tearl 1925 John Burrows 1929 Sydney Bolt 1933 Clifford Hawkins 1937 Horace Fountain 1947 Dorothy Chapman 1975 Anthony Brazier 1985 Jo Symons
Organists
Dr. J. H. Burgoyne C.B.E. David Ballard Hazel French Geoffrey Ball Philip Stanyon Brian Malcolm Kirby
Members who have become ordained ministers Norman Richardson Anthony Trevithick Anthony Brazier Reynaldo Leao Neto
The Brick Laying Ceremony

History of Beech Hill

In 1908 a School Chapel opened in Beech Road. The Beecroft family gave the site for this Chapel, and it was from this Chapel that the Beech Hill Church evolved. Sir John Burgoyne played a prominent part in securing the site at Beech Hill. Both these families came originally from the smallest society in the circuit, Aley Green. On April 9th 1926 a site was secured for a new Church at Beech Hill. The Beech Road site was sold for a rather low price of £3750 in 1937. The first turf was cut on October 19th with a short service. The stone laying took place on November 29th 1933. The opening ceremony took place on 23rd May 1934. The architect was Mr G. Withers. The total cost of the premises was £9200, with another £5,000 paid for the site.
Beech Hill 1943
The church opened with a membership of 64 but within two years this had risen to 164. There were 450 Sunday school children compared with 157 before the church opened. In the first two years there were 51 Baptisms and 16 marriages. The Sunday school was so full that two rooms of Maidenhall school were used as well as the church hall. At first singing was accompanied by a piano but in 1935 on October 2nd the new organ costing £1,000 was opened with a recital. In 1936 Rev Pratt preached a sermon on 'The peril of petrification' reminding all that a church that stood still was doomed. A prophetic voice for the future! During the war years 'firewatchers' came on duty in the Church basement. Around 700 evacuees shared the premises as their wartime school. The church was full for both morning and evening services and played a full part in the town activities.
Inside Beech Hill
In 1934 Luton Circuit contained 37 churches and had a staff of 11. By 1964 there were two Luton circuits, South and North. With 6 churches and 2 staff in the Luton South Circuit by 1984. In 1950 Cardigan Street Methodist church closed and many members joined with Beech Hill. In 1968 the choirmaster Mr Geoffrey Ball instituted a Concert of Christmas music and carols with the bulk of the proceeds going to the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children. This continued until the choir diminished in size in the late 1990s. In 1979 the church began offering hospitality to young people travelling to London for the MAYC weekends. These visits continued until the mid 1990s.
The Vestible, Harvest 1987
The Chancel decorated for a wedding 1987
The Chancel, Harvest 1987
Hazel French at the Organ
The Church Lending Library
The Creche
A Short History
A New Church Building
In the late 1990s if became obvious that the church building was deteriorating and required a substantial amount of costly work. There were cracks apprearing in some of the walls, the heating and electrical systems needed replacing and there were no disabled or modern kitchen facilities. So a discussion began as to what the future of the church should be. Should we close or should we redevelop. If we were to redevelop, how would we finance the project. There were other considerations. The original church was built and commissioned in 1934. Since then the people of God at Beech Hill had been on many journeys of faith. Journeys that led into youth work with Girls and Boys Brigade and an overflowing Sunday School. Along the way we had: hosted evacuated WWII children who met on the premises for their schooling; ran successful women’s groups, enabled The Befrienders and the Mums and Tots groups; felt uplifted by the wonderful singing of the Operatic group who used the premises, delighted audiences each Christmas with a home grown Concert and a young peoples Christian Pantomime. But more recent times brought the challenge of the community around the church changing; becoming multi-faith and multi-cultural. Society no longer looked to the church to provide entertainment during the week. Rising aspirations and prices forced mothers out to work, whilst T.V. and video bought instant access to entertainment. People died, moved away or just failed to recognise their need for a church life. The congregation dwindled. Hence the beginning of another journey, an exploration of God’s will for Beech Hill. We talked – a lot. We asked other people their ideas and needs, we did a neighbourhood survey and decided to use what we had discovered as our Mission priorities. Taking just one of the Mission priorities ‘Health needs’, we started searching for a way to make things better for the church and the community. No one in the council seemed to be interested in our ideas – at first. Gradually however, the deprived area we form part of began to be involved in SRB funding, and folk began to have renewed hope that life could be better. Ears started to open to listen to our ideas, but it still seemed the work was up to us. We joined forces with a Christian Mission group called ‘Grassroots’ who gave us a Brazilian Mission partner called ‘Leao’, who stirred the congregation to start thinking differently. We joined a churches Commission on Mission programme called Building Bridges, which further expanded our understanding of what church could be, as we accepted faith and God were all around us, not just within the church or even Christianity. With our growing knowledge and understanding we felt ready to look at extreme measures. ‘What about demolishing the lot’, someone said. So that’s what we started to explore. How could we build a new church and some form of Health Centre? Where was the money coming from? What would we use the church for, once we had built it? Another journey began, looking for possible ways forward and some partners to accompany us on what turned out to be a long journey. Over the next few years we decided what we wanted from a church building. Priorities were: A place to worship on Sundays with a small chapel area for use in the week. Room for Junior church activities. Space for a coffee bar and a decent kitchen. Room to house those groups who whilst not part of the church, were very much part of our community. Space for other community groups. A dedicated church office. Possibility of putting on luncheon clubs and maybe some youth work. Make the whole area a facility for the use of all faiths and cultures. A place that all can identify with and feel part of. The ability to offer space/time for the Health Centre clients. The ability to ‘rent out’ the first floor for functions and business meetings. The building must ‘pay its way’. With all this in mind we eventually found a partner who would buy the land and build the Health Centre and the Church. Meanwhile the Primary Care Trust had decided to make the building of a new Health Centre for Dallow ward a priority. We were in business. Now all we had to do was convince the Circuit, District and Connexion that we had a viable scheme. God worked with us, encouraging, and guiding, and patiently uplifting us when things got tough, (as they often did). At times we nearly gave up, but God would send us a message through the arrival of new members, a better price for the land, sudden movement on a contentious point etc. None of this could have been achieved if we had not had a very good professional team of people around us. Architects, Surveyors, Project managers, Solicitors, all worked together to ensure God’s will was done.
Beech Hill Methodist Church Building in porogress 2006 - 2008
2nd November 2006
24th December 2006
14th January 2007
11th February 2007
25th February 2007
11th March 2007
10th June 2007
Interior pictures taken in June 2007
The pictures below show the completed Beech Hill building. It took almost two years from when we moved out of the old building to moving into the new. We actually moved in just in time to celebrate Christmas 2007. Our official opening service was in June 2008 when we were pleased to welcome Rev. Anne Brown, the Chair of the Methodist District, to lead our celebration worship. We thank our friends at All Saints Church in Shaftsbury Avenue who welcomed us and allowed us to share their premises during the building of our new church.
The new Beech Hill building completed in December 2007
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