High Town Beacon is a non traditional expression of church seeking to encourage hope in the community of High Town. We are a group of people of all ages who care about High Town and the people who live here. Most of us live, work or play in High Town and have connections to the area. We are united in the fact that we want to find out who God is, why we’re here and what it means to be a Christian in the world today.
Recently we appeared on the cover of local newspaper ‘High Town Matters’ for our work with Friends of High Town to transform an overgrown garden space into a nice manageable garden for local charity for children, ‘Rainbows’!
For those who know nothing about the area, here is the lowdown. High Town is a unique area in Luton famous for its terrace houses and history including hat manufacturing, it has it’s own high street, a primary school, two sheltered accommodations for the elderly, local businesses and chairities, a doctors surgery and two parks. High Town is close to the town centre and train line so it attracts a lot of young professionals and families. It is known by people of Luton as a deprived area with quite a few issues including high rates of drug users & sellers, unemployment, derelict buildings, crime and sex trade. Due to these problems a lot of residents of High Town lack hope and have a lot of frustrations.
We know God loves High Town and all of it’s people, we want to help people to be proud of High Town and we firmly believe Christians having a presence here will make a difference. Hope is something that everyone deserves to experience and our aim to try and spread that in High Town, by being involved in and supporting good things already happening and by creating opportunities for hope to grow.
What do you do?
We meet in a variety of ways and places in High Town regularly throughout the month. When we meet we try to run easily accessible events in public places to give people the chance to build friendships, improve and make the most of the local area, ask questions and learn more about Faith and Christianity both formally and relationally.
Locally we are trying to build relationships and work with other local organisations and charities to bring a united approach to improving High Town. Where possible we try to partner with local churches too, last year we helped with the Jubilee street party which was run by High Town Methodist, and we are friends with the youth worker at St Matthews Church. We regularly partner with local residents group Friends of High Town on social action projects including improving visible garden spaces in the community. Some of our group are involved as volunteers with local charity Azalea, and we often pray or provide extra help for their appeals. We also go into Milner Court sheltered accommodation for the elderly once a month to serve and run activities for the people there. We care about our area and so we often go out and pick up litter to improve the look of the area and help it be a place people feel proud of. In the future we are looking into running a drop in cafe on the weekend, and are currently exploring working with St Matthews Church to start a local youth club.
How do you meet?
Our typical monthly calendar looks like this-
1st Sunday– meeting at High Town Methodist Church hall, 2-4pm, currently looking at a series on the 10 Commandments and how they relate to life today.
Thursday evening– Bible Study group
2nd Sunday– Feast at SBC
Tuesday evening– representatives from Beacon attending Friends of High Town local residents group.
Thursday evening– go to the local pub together at The Freeholder.
3rd Sunday– meeting at Scandinavia cafe for brunch at 11am followed by Social Action in the Community til 1pm.
Thursday evening– Bible Study group
4th Sunday– meeting at Martyn’s cafe at 2pm for hot drinks and Bible focus, followed by social action in the Community til 4pm.
Thursday evening– meeting for prayer for a local issue and High Town.
5th Sunday– Feast at SBC
Get in touch!
New people are welcome to just turn up at any of our events, they are designed to be accessible for new people to just walk in off the street. If you are not sure what is the best part to come visit first or would like to make sure we know you are coming, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org