• Beacon in 60 Seconds

    This week we delight in introducing Matt and Elisha DaCosta. Truly a Power Couple, Matt and Elisha are involved in many ways at Beacon; Elisha manages our events stylishly and effortlessly while Matt helps with our technical issues and is part of the Elders Plus group. Together they lead the worship team. See below for some interesting insights into their life as a couple.


    Q. Tell us something that no one in Beacon knows about you!

    Matt: I want a lawyer!

    Elisha: (rolling her eyes) Matt used to sing solos! He once sang a song from Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat to an audience of 10,000 people!

    Elisha: I did a photography degree. I used to work on a cruise ship as a photographer, I travelled the world.

    Q. What’s your favourite thing about Jesus?

    Elisha: He’s funny, he makes me laugh.

    Matt: He doesn’t change, he’s always the same. Great guy.

    Q. Do you have a favourite worship band or artist?

    Elisha: Israel Houghton

    Matt: I don’t think I have a favourite, it changes.

    Q. What were you like as a child?

    Matt: I was naughty! I used to cut peoples school ties in the guillotine. I got sent home for it but it was fun - I’d do it again!

    Elisha: He’s actually really mischievous but no one knows that – he finds pleasure in being mischievous!

    Matt: Elisha was like a grown up!

    Elisha: I was! I was old before my years. I missed my childhood. Matt makes me a bit more fun, I’m too serious.

    Matt: People probably wouldn’t think that about us – it looks like the other way around. Elisha tells me at least once a day to ‘stop being so silly’!

    Q. How did you meet?

    Elisha: At our previous church. Matthew’s dad was my dad’s youth leader!

    Matt: That’s going to sound weird!

    Elisha: I think it’s cool!

    Q. What do you do in your ‘spare’ time? (Ha!)

    Matt: Not a lot – we have Titus now! If I had some spare time I would either listen to music and I enjoy doing coding when I can.

    Elisha: Did you notice that he didn’t say ‘spending time with my wife’?!

    Matt: That’s not what I call spare time – we have quality time set aside.

    Elisha: I like watching films – mind numbing films. Then you can turn it off and get on with your life.

    Q. What was your coolest moment?

    Matt: I got a 25-metre swimming certificate when I was 10. I peaked too soon!

    Elisha: I was involved with Oxjam, a music event in Brixton. That was pretty cool.

    Q. Who does the cooking in your house?

    Matt: Just Eat!

    Matt: Elisha does the majority of the cooking.

    Elisha: That’s better.

    Q. What’s your vision for your team?

    Elisha: That they would be great friends who can not only worship together but do life together.

    Matt: And to be the best they can be with the gifts God has given them.

  • Beacon in 60 Seconds

    Let us introduce Ibi and Sinmi.  This beautiful couple make sure Beacon runs smoothly on a Sunday - both run behind-the-scene teams: Ibi leads the hospitality team who provide tea and coffee every week (and much more besides) and her husband Sinmi leads the welcome team who work hard each week setting up the hall and packing everything away again each week while simultaneously smiling and welcoming people to church.  They’re always friendly and hardworking.  If you see them, make sure you say hi.

    Q. What’s your favourite thing about Beacon?

    Sinmi: Two things – the worship and how people express their love for each other.

    Ibi: The people.


    Q. Who inspires you in the church and why?

    Ibi: Emma Goulds – she’s always so willing to go deep and be available.  She makes the effort to make time for people and I really appreciate that.

    Sinmi: Owen and Garth.  Owen is very laid back, I like his approach and I think he handles things well and gives good advice.  Garth… I can’t put my finger on it but he’s very friendly.  I like his laid back approach as well.


    Q. How do you relate to God?

    Ibi: Through prayer mostly.

    Sinmi: Worship.


    Q. Do you have any siblings and where do you come in the birth order?

    A. Both have three older siblings!


    Q. Are you typical youngest children?

    Ibi: Sinmi definitely is!  He’s a clown!

    Ibi: I don’t think I am, I show more eldest child traits.


    Q. What’s your best achievement?

    Sinmi: Weight loss

    Ibi: What about me?!

    Ibi: In that case, mine is getting the Park Run trophy in 2015!


    Q. How did Sinmi propose?

    Sinmi:  It was a nice day, we went to a restaurant, had Ibi’s favourite food, then I went down on one knee… thankfully the restaurant was empty!

    Ibi:  It was a nice moment.


    Q. Who would be most likely to deal with a spider or mouse?

    Ibi (straight away): Me!

    Sinmi: I would deal with spiders… you can have the mice!


    Q. What’s your vision for your team?

    Sinmi: I want to see the team grow and the functionality to run well.  Ultimately to feel like a team and get to know each other properly.  To bond.

    Ibi: I want my team to be invisible – to work so well and efficiently that people don’t see us working behind the scenes.

  • Beacon in 60 Seconds


    In case you haven’t already, meet Bill and Jen Holden. Bill is the floor manager for Beacon on a Sunday and makes sure everything runs smoothly, he also manages the visuals team who make sure the PowerPoint is on point each week. Jen works in the Beacon Office as Admin/Office Manager. Together they support the Ministry Leaders.

    Q. How long have you been at Beacon?

    A. We joined in September 2009 – just over 8 years.


    Q. What brought you to Beacon?

    Jen: the short answer would be God!

    Bill: the fuller answer is we always had a relationship with Beacon – we went to Kings church where Beacon was planted from, we had friends and family who joined the church, we went to the Beacon launch and visited a few times. We always felt drawn to it.

    Jen: we felt God could use us in Beacon but it wasn’t clear at the time how that would be. It was a bit of a leap of faith.


    Q. What’s your best dance move?!

    Jen: I don’t really dance, I’m a bit awkward. But I enjoy making up actions to songs with my friends. For example; Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations – I can do actions to pretty much the whole song. It’s fun!

    Bill: I don’t really dance either – I just kind of stand there and do small fist pumps side to side. It’s hard to explain. It came out of mocking dancing one night but it kind of stuck.


    Q. What decade do you identify with?

    Jen: I love the ‘60’s – the fashion, the music, it looks like quite an exciting time to be alive.

    Bill: I was a victim of the ‘90’s – shell suits etc. But a decade I enjoy would be the ‘30’s – post first world war, art deco, very stylish - fashion and industry were doing interesting things. It was very neat!


    Q. What’s your favourite Bible Verse?

    Jen: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

    Bill: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

    Jen: Ooh, that’s a good one too! I love the Bible!


    Q. If you could choose a Bible story to be made into a film, which would you choose?

    Both: Gideon! He had an epic story.


    Q. If you could have any superpower, what would you like to have?

    Bill: I’d like the ability to take everyone else’s superpowers like Peter Petreli in Heroes!

    Jen: that’s a bit lame, you need to choose one!

    Jen: I’d want super strength because I’m really weak!


    Q. If you could have three people for dinner – alive or dead – who would you choose?

    Jen: Can I choose Jesus? He loved a meal!

    Bill: I would choose Nikola Tessler, he was an inventor who wanted to make the world a better place and improve life for people.

    Jen: Audrey Hepburn would make this the ultimate trio! She was fabulous! She was stylish, elegant, wise and compassionate. And she had a pet deer! That’s super cool!

  • Beacon in 60 Seconds


    In the hot seat this week we have Ben and Emma Arnold. Ben is an Elder at Beacon and handles the church finances in an effortless and admirable fashion. Emma is his lovely wife, woman of faith and Ben’s #1 fan.

    Q. How long have you been at Beacon?

    A. 8 years - we came here in January 2009 with Owen and Pauline.


    Q. What’s your favourite Beacon memory?

    Emma: The growing family; seeing more Beaconites being added over the years. The camaraderie is so fun.

    Ben: How God has led us as a church, building his church his way. Quite frankly, it’s a privilege to be part of this church.


    Q. Where were you when you first gave your life to Jesus?

    Emma: Spring Harvest in the ‘80’s. I don’t remember the year!

    Ben: Can’t remember a specific moment but in 1984/5 when I was at boarding school I was confirmed. I decided to give Christianity a try – I sat down in my room with my Bible to see if it’s claims were true and I haven’t looked back.


    Q. Describe your perfect day.

    Emma: Going up to London with the family, seeing a musical in the West End and having a lovely meal together.

    Ben: I can’t think of anything but when Hannah was little (maybe four or five) she made a picture for me describing her interpretation of my perfect day (I still have it at home). In Hannah’s picture, my perfect day starts with a curry in Brick Lane, I then go to a bass shop and buy a new bass guitar, then I go home and play my new guitar while drinking a glass of wine and then last of all I go to bed and fall asleep on top of the laptop!


    Q. Did you have a nickname at school?

    Ben. Loads! Carrot top, duracel, red setter… basically anything that referred to my hair!

    Emma. Ben calls me Boo Bear but I didn’t really have a nickname at school.


    Q. What’s your favourite thing to do together?

    Ben. Spending time together with nothing crowding us in. Holidays are good for this.

    Emma. Going out for a nice meal. But not curry!

  • Beacon in 60 Seconds


    Welcome to our first instalment of ‘Beacon in 60 Seconds’, our new weekly segment where we learn a little bit more about the leaders and members of Beacon.

    Starting us off is Phil Hopgood, Elder and temporary lead pastor while Owen is on sabbatical.

    Q. What brought you to Beacon?

    A. In a word, Owen! I’ve always felt an attachment with him spiritually so when he asked me I just had to come.


    Q. What would you love to see happen in the church this year?

    A. Numerical growth would be lovely. And real joy in worship and in one another’s company because we have the best news in the world.


    Q. What do you love most about Beacon?

    A. The people.


    Q. Tell us something that no one in Beacon knows about you.

    A. I’m actually a member of another church! (Don’t worry Beaconites, Phil isn’t going anywhere; the ‘other church’ is St Paul’s Cathedral!)


    Q. If you could have three people for dinner, alive or dead, who would they be?

    A. George Muller; he’s a real hero of the faith for me, my Grandad who has sadly passed away but I would love to be able to share the gospel with him and Corrie Ten Boom, I would love to hear about what life was like standing up for Christ during the war.

    Q. What came first; the chicken or the egg?

    A. Egg!  I like eggs...

  • A joy rediscovered

    Having not played keys for worship for the last nine months or so, I’ve been stretching my fingers again and I admit - I’m loving it! I have the privilege of playing alongside friends; I get to watch, face-on, the church lost in worship; and I find I'm able to worship myself as I play. What’s not to like? It’s a joy! It’s true - I am a bit rusty. There’s been a little bit of a time-cost. But it’s been worth it. Isn’t that just the way of it with God? We think we’re bringing Him something, but He gives back much more than we think we’ve given Him. ‘Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’  So - keep giving, Church. Whatever it is you’re giving, keep giving it - and more. You’ll never out-give Him…and it’ll bring you joy! 
    Phil (elder and musician)
  • Phil the Gap

    A New Year starts  -  and I’m looking forward to ‘Phil-ing in’ for Owen for the next four months, while he takes his very well-earned sabbatical from leading the church. One of the first things I was able do as I took hold of the reins was to visit Val, Faith and baby Eden. ‘Hey’ I thought, ‘..this pastoral lark isn’t bad. What a joy!’ And, of course, that’s what leading should mostly be full of: Joy. The writer of the book of Hebrews says that if leading becomes a burden and not a joy, it’s of 'no benefit' to the church. So - I’m hoping for lots of joy over these next few months, so that by God’s good grace I’ll be of maximum benefit to you! Happy New Year! With love, Phil. 

  • Churches Together Celebration

    You are invited to join Churches Together Brixton for an evening of celebration and prayer. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with other Christians in Brixton and to support the work we do together. Guest speaker: Arch Deacon of Lambeth. 

  • CAP Hampers Feedback

    Before Christmas Beacon Church and donors from the community distributed 40 hampers to CAP clients in poverty. Here are some of their responses. Thank you to all those who donated so generously.  

     "Just a short note to say Thank you very much, For your kind thoughts . I was pleasantly, Actually, surprised to receive those gifts. Call me old fashioned but, I look forward to opening them on Christmas day. Merry Christmas."  

    "I would like to pass on my thanks to you and CAP for the totally unexpected Christmas hamper. When I got home last night and saw the bag outside my door I was a bit uncertain about why it was there. But when I got it inside and read the cards and saw the gifts I was completely side swipe with shock. Thank you very much for your generosity and thoughtfulness. I really appreciate the practicality of the items, the children and I really appreciate it; it will come in handy over the Christmas season. Thanks once again."

    "Thank you so much for Christmas hamper. Our God is awesome, I was talking with my mum earlier and going over our Christmas shopping list knowing it will be difficult to get all. But I didn't let mum know. Then a knock at the door and it was your rep. I am so grateful. The items enclosed were items on list. can't stop praising and thanking God and you. God bless you"🙏

    "Marry Christmas to you John and closeset to you. Thank you very much for the presents I have received. It was very unexpected wonderful surprise. Many thanks to Alex & Edoly, Yourself John & CAP Brixton. May the presence of the Lord overshadow you All this Christmas & every day of 2016 & New Year 2017. Blessings".

    For more on the work of Christians Aganist Poverty in Brixton click here

  • Beacon Update

    20th Dec 2016

    The power of true prayer

    Hezekiah’s illness

    ​"In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, ‘This is what the Lord says: put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.’ ​ Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, ‘Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.’ And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: ‘Go and tell Hezekiah, “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city." Isaiah 38:1-6

    Hezekiah is told by the prophet that he should prepare himself for death. The words appear final and complete, but as often in prophecy there is an opportunity. By warning him of his future God gave Hezekiah the opportunity to pray for a different outcome - for his life. Hezekiah neither prays specifically for healing nor for another fifteen years, but rather he asks that God would remember him and his walk. He had indeed been faithful and devoted although not as completely as it sounds. To us this prayer can appear a bit selfish, yet God answers. He grants extended life and the promise of deliverance from Israel’s enemies to Hezekiah. Prayer does not always follow a logical or methodological pattern. Understand that and we will see more prayers answered when we make personal appeals to God.

    Last week​ - it was a busy one as we lead up to Christmas and my sabbatical. Last Thursday a few of us did the Christmas Hamper deliveries for some of the CAP clients and others around the church. This was a wonderful opportunity to show love and support in a practical way to people in and around our community.  Kate Berry, who organised the hampers for the CAP clients, has a message for those that contributed:

    "Huge thank you to Beaconites for their amazing generosity and enthusiasm for everything they have done to fill and distribute the CAP hampers.  People have been so overwhelmingly kind."

    On Friday the office team had their Christmas lunch at the Prince Regent, we had a lovely afternoon together. I do really appreciate the time, effort and commitment shown by Jen, Jon, Sere and Phil. I will miss them when I am away.

    Carol Service ​- Sunday we had our carol service in the evening. What a great evening we had with so many visitors both from the school and friends of people in the church. The school choir did a fantastic job, on one carol they sang in both Spanish and Portuguese! The children of Beacon produced a wonderful piece of artwork, based on John 1:5, which went on display during the evening.

    Thanks​ - I want to thank the Headteacher Nadia Mcintosh for allowing the choir to come and sing and also her support over this last term to Beacon. Also thanks to Shauna Sharkey the choir director who prepared them so brilliantly. From the Beacon end I would like to thank the following people who attended early to help set up and make it all work so well. Bill, Jen, Elisha, Matt, Josh, Ruth, Pauline, Phil, Andy, Sinmi and Ibi. Thanks to everyone else who chipped in.

    Sabbatical - This is my last week until after Easter.  I am so grateful to God for all he has done at Beacon.  He has truly kept the promise made so early on; 'I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.'  Over the years God has truly been a Father to the church; protecting, providing and being present with us.  He is the one we continue to look to for the fulfillment of all that he has promised and purposed for the church.

    Hylton Update - Yasmin comes home today and Rhianna will be home by Saturday.  We are all looking forward to a family Christmas together with our wider family.  Pauline and I remain so grateful to God for his kindness and grace towards us.  His blessing upon both our marriage and our family.  We remain committed to following his path for our lives no matter what!

    I will continue to pray for the church, that God will continue to guide and direct its steps and those that lead it.

    Updates will return...

    Much blessing on you all.

    Dates -

    22nd December - office closes

    4th January - office reopens

    8th January - first service of 2017 (There will be no services on either 25th December or 1st January)

    18th April - my first day back in the office


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