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News from the Beacon Parish for 2014

Tuesday 30 December 2014

Alpha comes to The Beacon Parish

Alpha .....heard of by many, misunderstood by many, attended by 24 million people in 169 countries, started in 1990 by Nicky Gumbell who was a barrister before becoming curate and then vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton Church in central London.  Alpha came to Ditchling in Autumn..

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Wreath Making Workshop

Wreath Making Workshop

The wreath making workshop organised by the Beacon Parish was truly excellent! Attendees were greeted by bags of foliage awaiting rummaging in, platters laden with canapés and the glorious smell of mulled wine. Claire (the professional) gave demos of several types of wreaths and the techniques used to complete them and then we were let loose to..

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Malawi Association for Christian Support

Thank you to everyone who donated sewing and knitting goods for me to take out to Malawi in May. I was able to take out most of the goods and our Chairman who led a group to Malawi in July took the rest plus more donated items. We have just received the email from Malawi below.

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Monday 1 December 2014

PCC Briefings December 2014

The PCC met on Wednesday 22nd October, 2014, in St Margaret’s Vestry.  Items discussed were:

  • Stewardship:  A new Stewardship campaign will be launched on Sunday 23rd November.  Tony Blanchard and Mark Llewellyn-Slade will..

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The Christmas Card Competition

This year the Christmas Card Competition was open to anybody in the parish and not just to children at St Margaret’s School.  The winning entry was by Emma James, aged 11 and will be seen on the Christmas cards to be delivered to every address in the Beacon..

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Sunday 30 November 2014

Off the Fence

Off The Fence is a Brighton charity which helps the homeless with its Antifreeze program, supports vulnerable women to rebuild their lives with the Gateway programme and works with children in schools in Prayer Spaces.  The..

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Our War Stories - First World War publication

Our War Stories - First World War publication

Many people visited the Ditchling History Project exhibition ‘Our War Stories’ in St Margaret’s church and we are now collating the material into a publication to be ready before Christmas. We are very grateful to all those who contributed their stories and..

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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Greetings from Romsey

Dear Beacon Parish,

It is so hard to know how to thank you adequately for all the love, generosity, and good wishes we received on our leaving Ditchling for a new life here in Romsey.  We shall never forget our farewell service on October 26th, not just for all..

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

The Beacon Churches “100 Club”

The winners of the October Draw were Joan Styles and Arthur Hepher both receiving a prize of £20.

Pam Gaskin 01273 843182

St Margaret’s Carol Service

The annual carol service at St Margaret’s will take place on Sunday 21st December starting at 6pm.  Members of the Jubilee Choir and St Margaret’s Choir will, as usual, be singing, but more singers will be required.  The choir carols will be taken mostly from..

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The Frugal Lunches

In the 1980s people from the four churches in Ditchling: Unitarians in the Old Meeting House, the Emmanuel Chapel, Quakers in Friends Meeting House and St Margaret’s parish church decided to meet monthly at lunchtime to eat a frugal meal and remember those less fortunate.

Since..

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Planned Giving & Gift Aid to Get Easier for You

Planned Giving & Gift Aid to Get Easier for You

From early 2015 the Beacon Parish will offer you three easy ways to make a regular commitment to financially support the Parish and commit to Gift Aid to increase the amount of funding the Church receives.

Bank Standing Order

This is the current system for those who have..

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The Beacon magazine

I am very grateful to Margaret, Jenny and Paul and all those who help to distribute the magazine every month.  I also wish to thank those who contribute to the magazine with news and information.

Subscriptions for The Beacon will be due for renewal in December for next..

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Saturday 1 November 2014

The Ruth Fund Luke’s Future

The last of the children supported by the Ruth Fund is taking his final step towards self sufficiency. Luke took his A levels late last year and the results finally came through late Spring. He did well enough but decided University was not the best option and did not necessarily..

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Beacon Subscriptions and Advertisements

Subscriptions for The Beacon will be due for renewal in December for next year.The subscription will remain at £6 per annum for 12 monthly issues, which, for those living in Ditchling, Streat or Westmeston, will be delivered to your door. Advertisers will also be asked to renew ..

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Editing the Beacon

By the end of this year I will have been editor for six years or 72 monthly issues of The Beacon. It is therefore time to allow someone else to take over and perhaps introduce some new ideas and content. Editing the Beacon requires the use of MS Word or other similar software with, ..

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Tuesday 23 September 2014

The Alpha Course in the Beacon Parish

from Thursday 2nd October at 7pm, St Margaret’s Vestry

then every Thursday until 20th November
plus Saturdays 25th October & 22nd November

Ditchling War Memorials

Ditchling War Memorials

With the heightened awareness of the start of the First World War this year, and the approaching annual remembrance period, it seems appropriate to reflect on Ditchling village war memorials. According to an official website Ditchling has 5 memorials listed.

First and foremost is the Village War Memorial by the Green at..

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Sunday 31 August 2014

PCC Briefings

The PCC met on Thursday 17th July, 2014, in St Margaret’s Vestry. 

A new Stewardship Team is now in place and they have held their preliminary meeting by looking at the previous TRIO campaign.   The present Gift Aid form will be updated and new Gift Aid..

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St Martins’ Flower Festival Report

St Martinsâ Flower Festival Report

After many months of planning, meetings and hard work the flower festival was upon us. The flower ladies arrived at the church on Friday morning with many different flowers and props. After many hours of preparation and hard work the church was turned in to an array of colour and perfume with all the..

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