Kay Rawlinson runs a church in Ramsey called “The Beacon”.
DRIVING up the long straight fen road, lined by scattered farmsteads and open fields, your eyes cannot help but be drawn to a splash of colour – a house painted as if on fire. Getting a little closer, it is not difficult to read the bold red lettering amidst the flames: “The Beacon”.
The owner of this house, Kay Rawlinson, belongs to a small local ecumenical group called Christians United and is also a member of the Multiply network.
When we visited Kay recently, she told us of her vision to paint her house as a beacon and asked if we knew of a graffiti artist. We suggested a friend from the Jesus Army, Rob.
Armed with red and yellow paint, up the ladder Rob went.
Kay’s vision is as bold as her painted house. She wants to testify about Jesus among the people living in the remote farms, villages and hamlets of this rural neighbourhood – and the local town, Ramsey.
Armed with papers telling the gospel story, Kay goes from door to door (often quite a distance in this area) and has been doing so for 22 years. The vision for her church and its outreach? A beacon of light amidst the surrounding darkness.
A simple red cross stands in her garden – not to be missed either as it stands about seven feet tall.
“My house is the talking point of the fens” says Kay. “I’ve had local people ringing up and joking with me, ‘Your house is on fire – but don’t call the fire brigade!’ A little while ago a plumber came to fix my immersion heater. He’s usually got a long face but on this day he was all excited. ‘Who’s done that? It’s brilliant,’ he said and I was able to tell him all about Rob and his love for Jesus.”
Kay also belongs to the Prison Fellowship, visits prisoners in HMP Whitemoor and HMP Stocken and volunteers as a tutor on The Sycamore Tree Project which aims to bring offenders and victims together and includes consideration of confession, repentance and restitution.
You can’t miss it.
Meetings are held at The Beacon, Pilgrim’s Cottage, Ramsey Hollow, Hunts, PE26 2YE every Sunday at 10:30am (but please phone as they sometimes venture out). Tel: 01487 8155 28