Beacons

Christian faith is best practised with others in communities. It is hard to love one another or serve one another if we are not regularly committed to a group of people. At SBC, the primary place for developing faith is within one of our Beacon communities. These are extended families sharing life and challenging one another to grow as disciples, and to share the good news as witnesses. Beacons are communities that are small enough that people can come to really know each other and big enough to act meaningfully in outreach together.

If you are part of SBC, we want you to be part of a Beacon.

Our Beacon life is always changing. Some groups have come to the end of their lifespan; others are just being birthed. It is one of our core intentions to grow the many expressions of faith that these Beacons allow and to help everyone to find a place.

Click on the ‘Get Involved’ to start a conversation about where to find your place.

Winter Warmers Collection

We, FAB, are collecting ‘Winter Warmers' (gloves, hats, scarves and coats) to give to Azalea, Noah and Signposts. Used items in good condition are welcome, as are new and in-worn items. We are collecting from now until 1st December. Mark Rowlands is able to store items - it would be great to spread the word about this.

24/7
Time: Twice monthly on Thurs & once a month on a Sun afternoon
A group committed to living for Jesus always.
Leaders: Debbie Allen at jdjd.allen@ntlworld.com
Community
Time: Mon evening pub quiz and community events
Centred around Stopsley Village the community we love. We hold a monthly pub quiz at The Sportsman Pub and engage in Stopsley Community events.
Leaders: Jeremy & Julie Young at community@stopsley.net
DNA
Time: Twice a month on a Wed evening
DNA (Discipleship, Nature & Acceptance). This Beacon grew out of an Alpha course and wants to live as extended family based on those three values.
Leaders: Karen Carron at karen.carron@stopsley.net
FAB
Time: Weds
Life in Action Beacon our mission is ‘To develop meaningful relationships within our Beacon, provide help & support to others in the community’.
Leaders: Victoria Azubuine at mrsazubuine@icloud.com & Mark Rowlands at cheerfull.mark@hotmail.com
Park Church
Time: 1st & 3rd Sun of the month at Peoples Park
This Beacon is on a mission to take church to the park and experience God through nature.
Leaders: Jeremy Wiliiams at jeremy.williams@hotmail.co.uk
Seven
Time: Friday's
This Beacon meets and eats together in the Stopsley area around a vision for serving the church as per Act 6.
Leaders: Sian Fretwell at sian.fretwell@ntlworld.com & Mez Ascott at s.ascott@ntlworld.com
Sharing Life
Time: Weds
Sharing Life is about exactly that. We meet in the Bushmead area of Luton and are committed to discovering how we are missionaries.
Leaders: Nigel & Ali Deacon at nadeacons@hotmail.com
The Village Beacon
Time: Weds & at other times
This Beacon loves Stopsley Village. We eat together and often pray for the local Stopsley businesses.
Leaders: Ian Pirks at ian.pirks@stopsley.net

Beacon Events

Sparking New Beacons

We have produced a publication called ‘Seeing sparks’ which is a collection of ideas for those looking for inspiration around mission. Some of these sparks may ignite new Beacon groups. We believe that God has invited all of us to join him in transforming the world. The kingdom is all around us and the air is humming with the Spirit at work. All we need to do is tune our spiritual radios to the right frequency, and we’ll start hearing mission opportunity everywhere. That’s what this booklet is about – the possibilities. We want to take the definition of what is and isn’t mission, and blow the doors off.

View our idea generator tool >
Pick up a copy of ‘Seeing sparks’ from the Welcome desk