Beacon of Hope Church holds first Founder’s Day


Forty members of the new Beacon of Hope (BOH) Church gathered to sign covenants of membership at their Founder’s Day celebration on Sunday, March 29.

According to a press release, the church proclaimed “that they are a church of fun, faith, and family, with stories of miracles and prayer support for their Island neighbors,” while celebrating the milestone.

The Founder’s Day evening was at Focus, with dinner under the direction of Brenda Cruz. The event also included a variety show featuring BOH member Louise DuArt, a professional comedian, who opened and closed the performance.

Pastor Donald Bradley, who has led the members of Beacon of Hope parish from its initial 20 attendees last June at the VFW Hall in Edgartown, said “the significance of the Founder’s Day event will be long remembered.” He spoke of a prior church he led in South Hadley that had been formed in the mid-1800s, which still proudly displays the signatures of the founding members in its historic record.

BOH outgrew the VFW Hall last fall, and now rents the cafetorium at Edgartown School for weekly services. Beacon of Hope is preparing for Easter activities this weekend, including a 6:30 pm Good Friday service and a 10 am Easter Sunday service, both at Edgartown School.