Our History

We’ve been here serving God on Canford Heath since 1968 when the Heath Estate was only a few houses and many more wooden stakes in the ground. Originally known as Canford Heath URC Church, we are part of the United Reformed Church (URC) denomination which is a church of some 90,000 or so members across the UK. The URC was formed by a joining of the “Presbyterian Church” and the “Congregational Church” in the 1970’s, and with the “Churches of Christ” some years later. (See  www.urc.org.uk and  www.gear.org.uk for further details)
As a local representation of the Church here on the Heath, we have sought to shine the Light of Jesus’ Love into the community!

People have faithfully met to worship God, to pray & work for our community and wider world each week. Our buildings have had over 50 years of very effective but hard use by the church & all sorts of community groups, a few years ago we completed a scheme of refurbishment and relaunched & rebranded ourselves becoming…

The Beacon Church

However, we believe that the Church is the people and not the building. We currently have a lively & welcoming all age worshiping family of over 70 on a Sunday and a weekly building community of around 500 in total – But don’t worry, we’ve always got room for a few more!

The Beacon Church,
1-3 Mitchell Road,
Canford Heath,
BH17 8UE

07456 534338

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Charity Number: 1134115