Many of you will remember us both, but to others we may have suddenly appeared, so Dan has asked us to fill in some gaps in our adventure over the past 14 years or so.
Jane and I came to faith in the early 90’s and grew with the nurture of so many friends at St James. Following a call to ordination we left in 2004 for my first post in Overton, followed by my role as Vicar on the west side of Basingstoke. Retirement from the position came in 2017. I was always going to have a short time in a full-time post given that I had retired from the police after 30 years’ service.
Like so many people God’s grace extends and enables gifts to be revealed. For Jane, her role within the diocese as a spiritual director has brought her and others many blessings as God is revealed in a very personal way to those seeking to deepen their faith. My roles have developed a teaching ministry as well as latterly a vocations adviser.
Moving back to Southampton to our family home presented many challenges as those of you in similar circumstances will know. We were received into a local fellowship and saw this as a period of adjustment to retirement. However, we both clearly heard God calling us back to St James, holding the psalmist’s words before us – ‘when I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me’. This has in fact brought us full circle to a fellowship where we both feel at home. Jane and I look forward to settling to this next stage of our adventure with God.
Kelvin and Jane Taylor
Ian and I prayed for healing for a Beacon friend at our supper In October. He has conditions which severely impact his life. He was open for prayer and I had a strong sense of Holy Spirit. Afterwards he said the top of his head was hot. His partner was impacted by what was happening. We will be visiting him at home to continue to pray.
P S. We’ve just visited the couple we prayed with at the Beacon Meal and he told us that the night after we prayed, he slept 12 hours which is really extraordinary for him. We prayed again tonight and again he felt heat in his head, specifically in an area where he normally experiences pins and needles and numbness.
I came down with pneumonia in August and needed treatment with oxygen in hospital, but despite that, continued to worsen and ended up in the ICU. I was warned full recovery would be long and slow. Many people prayed for my recovery and I’m up and running, and back on my bike much sooner than the doctors anticipated ☺️.
I’ve struggled with insomnia all of my adult life, I just couldn’t find an off switch for my thoughts. From my first night at New Wine ‘19, things changed. God stepped in! With the exception of one night away with our Beavers, and without relying on the only routine that would give me my best chance of sleep, I’ve slept!
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The First 5 Years...
Since we first met in 2014 - a group of people with a heart to bring hope to those in financial hardship - God has led us on an exciting journey. The name Beacon is a picture of the hope in Jesus that we want to share.
During the first year, we helped with sorting harvest festival food for Basics Bank, Christmas Complete and a CAP Money course, and met for Bible study. In 2015 we felt that we needed to meet weekly for Bible study and prayer, to provide us with spiritual nourishment in order to be able to bless others. Later, we began to meet in prayer triplets.
The original vision included sharing a meal with those in need, which also provided an opportunity to introduce them to Jesus. At the start of 2015 we stepped out in faith and held our first Beacon supper. Four years later, we have a group of about 20 regulars at our bimonthly meals. We use food from Fareshare and there has always been more than enough, thanks to God and our brilliant cooks! We have seen God answer prayer requests, including healing.
The generosity of the whole church in providing goods for our hampers has been wonderful. These started out as Christmas, and then Easter, treats. In 2018, a need was flagged up for ‘holiday hunger’ hampers, for those families whose children have free school meals during term time, and who find the burden of providing on a tight budget one extra meal per child per day during the holidays extremely challenging. This half term 13 hampers will be delivered. Thank you all! And thank God for His constant provision.
We have a special opportunity on Saturday 9th November to receive God's healing touch in our lives, as we invite God's Kingdom to come in us. John Ryelands, our guest speaker, introduces the day here. Full details below.
Letting the Kingdom Come: receiving God's healing touch
10.30am Preparing to receive God's healing touch
12.10pm Receiving God's healing touch for ourselves
1pm lunch (please bring your own)
2pm Passing on God's healing touch to others
Please email Theresa if you're planning to come.
Our latest video update includes news from Dan about the buildings development project; a challenge from Esther about our fellowship; and an invitation to a special day in November where we’ll open ourselves to God’s healing love.