The Whitechapel Mission has its own excellent website maintained by the Director, Tony Miller
Rev John Hayes is the Circuit Minister with responsibility for the Mission
The Mission day care centre is open 365 days a year and would expect to see between 150 and 200 people on a normal weekday. Of those, 49% are from the UK, but predominately from Scotland and Ireland. 19% are Eastern European. 20% are Afro/Caribbean, mainly from North African states. 5% British born Asians and the final 7% are a mixture from around the world. Night shelter is not the norm but is offered when the temperature drops around freezing
Running costs per day are about £2,000. The Mission receives no state aid
FEB/MARCH The recent very cold weather has meant that the Mission has opened its doors to provide some sanctuary and protection. Whilst the temperatures in Whitechapel have dropped below zero (for the first time since 2012) over the past few nights, Sue and Tony have been offering warmth, hot soup and somewhere warm to sleep.
Chatting to several of the people who were there one evening last week, they all recorded their immense gratitude for the work of the Mission.
Also very grateful for the latest carload of food, toiletries and clothes delivered this week.
Supporting the Whitechapel Mission - Take one Tin at a
At this time of year the cupboards are looking empty, and we have to resort to buying ingredients for our breakfasts with our dwindling cash reserves.
One way to help out Whitechapel Mission is to bring just one tin of baked beans or plum tomatoes to church every week. Pop it in the box there.
You can also bring other items from our desperate list : sugar, coffee, honey, biscuits, instant hot chocolate, toothbrushes, razors, carrier bags, rucksacks. Also men’s: underwear, socks, jeans 28”-36”, trainers, shoes and trousers 28-34".
Let John Hayes (07531 243327) know when you have something to collect, and we will take it down to the Mission. Every little helps.
Champion the cause – Whitechapel Mission Champions
Each of our churches now has a ‘Whitechapel champion’ who will act as advocate for the Whitechapel Mission in their congregations. Dedicated during the Circuit Service, they are: Sheila deWinter (Bethnal Green), Sarah Wilson (Bow Road) John Singleton (Poplar) and Jeanette Martin (Old Ford).
This is an essential task for publicising the work of the Mission
Vice-President of the Methodist Conference 2016-17, Rachel Lampard, reflects on her visit to Whitechapel:
The Mission is an impressive feat of organisation - feeding huge numbers of vulnerable people, co-ordinating thousands of volunteers, receiving (and sorting) donations of food and clothing from churches all over the country; but it is so much more than that. It is the Church in action; it is an outworking of God’s love. People in terrible situations are welcomed, known by name, helped to cope and to overcome huge obstacles, to see that things can be different. Tony Miller, director of the Mission, said to me that it is vital that the two elements of the Mission - the worship and the charity - are not seen separately. Both are church.
Rough sleeping is rising across the country, as are the numbers of homeless people in temporary accommodation. Over the last year, the centre has seen a third more people than it did the previous year, all at a time when prices are going up and budgets are shrinking. Donations to the mission from harvest festivals have been coming in, but we were told that the tins of baked beans, which in previous years had seen them through the year, were already running low, and there was also a desperate need for razors. The Mission depends entirely on voluntary donations. So how about donating the cost of a couple of catering tins of baked beans and a packet of razors? And in rain and cold temperatures pray for those who cannot escape them.