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10-16 May is Christian Aid Week, as well as Mental Health Awareness week 
13-23 May  Thy Kingdom Come  is a global ecumenical prayer movement for evangelism, running annually                              from Ascension to Pentecost  (read more)

23rd May is Pentecost and Aldersgate Sunday
Monday 24th is Wesley Day: see below for events at Wesley's Chapel

Sunday      Service available from 10.45
                  Meet after worship on zoom for coffee and chat 12:00-12.30
                  Youth zoom – a gathering for young people 10.00 and  6:00pm
Monday     Compass Group   12.30 - 13.30 (see below for details)
Monday     Bow Rd prayer room with Lucia at 7:00pm 
Tuesday    Circuit Morning Prayer with Lucia at 08:00 
                  Methodist Way of Life      7pm
Weds 19th May    Evangelism Outreach  11.00 (See ETHNOS below)

lectioThursday   Lectio Divina at 10.15 with Lucia

Friday        Zacchaeus Tea & chat 3pm 
Saturday    Circuit Morning Prayer 08:00 with Lucia Banks



CA appeal

ALL WE CAN Emergency appeal


We are running a series of lunchtime Compass sessions on Zoom. Starts Monday 10th May– 12:30pm-1:30pm
These sessions will help you to explore and understand what it means to be a Christian within the Methodist Church. Whether you are a member already, new to the Methodist Church, or simply wanting to understand more about being a Methodist disciple, the course will be really helpful.  We provide a book to help you follow the sessions

Please contact Rev'd John Hayes 07531243327 for more details and the Zoom link for the course.


New Evangelism outreach for the Tower Hamlets Community 


UNDER the guidance of Lucia (our pastoral lay-worker for Bow and Poplar) an outreach team will be outside Bow Road church for an hour or so this Wednesday to share the good news of Jesus with anyone willing to listen.
The outreach will then continue for several Wednesdays, gathering first for prayer at 11.30 

There are four members of the team who have shared some training sessions, but if anyone else is interested in joining this initiative, please contact Lucia 

The outreach Is called ETHNOS (‘People of God’, ‘All Nations’), based upon Matthew chapter 23, verse 19. 

For further information, please contact Lucia Banks 07545 135465,

You are welcome to call for tea on Fridays with friends from Zacchaeus.  On Zoom

The Zacchaeus Project    runs a tea-time chat on Fridays 3-4pmzplogo

Meet and chat with others and reunite with old friends.  
Bring your tea/coffee and share your stories.   Or you can listen and not speak. That's OK too


Zacchaeus project has moved from Bethnal Green, for the period of the site renovation, to Bow Rd Church. 

Call 020 8983 1568 or 07712 332324 or email Debbie for more information on how to join in activities. Some have been able to restart, but please do not arrive without booking.  

Already at home at Bow Rd Church, Zacchaeus members set off to explore Bow in their walking group.

Find us on Facebook  @zacchaeusMCTH

Mental Health Awareness Week 10- 16th May 2021

whiteflThis year’s theme is Nature. We know that being in nature, seeing beautiful trees and flowers and hearing lovely birdsong does us good in so many ways. This week is the perfect time to get out and about and find nature, and we’re very lucky in our area of London to have lots of green spaces to enjoy; award-winning parks, the canals and easy access to the Thames, even a green bridge! Whilst we know a walk or run ticks the box for physical exercise maybe this week is a good opportunity to focus on how it affects our mental health too. Look around you at how the trees are changing, blossom is blooming, pause and listen to the sounds of spring. If you can’t go far have a look out of the window at what’s happening in your street, I guarantee there will be something flying about or growing somewhere! 

The natural world is always busy, whether we are watching or not, and so as we emerge from a time of isolation and despondency, let us reflect on God’s great creation all around us, and not miss the chance to notice and draw from it.

More information about Mental Health Awareness week 
Sarah Wilson - Band for Life Project
Sarah tells us that 
Band for Life will soon be meeting again at Bow Church on Fridays - as soon as singing together is permitted and they have worked out safe ways of operating!  Can't be soon enough to welcome you back.

Methodist Church starts major new project on being a justice-seeking Church

The Methodist Church is to commit to a two-year project looking at how the Church speaks out on social issues and challenges injustices. The project will be led by Rachel Lampard and aims to make the Church more effective in speaking and acting for justice and transformationRachel Lampard said: “I am excited to be part of this project listening to Methodists and those beyond our church, including those who are sometimes unheard; discerning the values upon which our commitment to justice can be based; and acting to help Methodists use these resources to speak and act on issues of justice.I hope and pray that this will be a project which engages people from around the Connexion and leaves us all with a deeper passion for God’s justice in the world.”



Springtime in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park               

cemetery park

Methodist Church Tower Hamlets  provides many possibilities for communicating with each other.  There are reflections, updated each week; new information is added frequently.  You are invited to contribute.  Please check regularly and share your thoughts, prayers and lives with us  
Do join in on our Facebook page


Whitechapel Mission 


The Mission remains Open and ServingThank you so much for your continued support.  The best way to help at the moment is to give money and let the Mission buy what it needs.  Doors are now open for donations.  Food is the highest priority for those sleeping on our streets. Warm clothing, medical attention and support must be sustained. The Mission is now serving up to 600 breakfasts daily and offering some packed lunches to guests

See video of our current work                          
p-to-date list
  of Mission needs 

LOCAL FOOD BANK - still running throughout this year of increased need

Working from Bromley-By-Bow Community Centre, St Leonard’s Street, E3 3BT       See website
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic the Bow Foodbank - supported by faith groups including the Methodist Church - has experienced a rapid escalation in the number of families needing support. A second site was opened in Bethnal Green (now at Raine’s School).  Both centres endeavour to provide emergency aid to all who visit them. They do not require referrals, paperwork, or ID.  

Local food resources:
BOW FOOD BANK @ Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonards Street, E3 3BT 
Open: Mondays 8.30 am - 12.30 pm 
NEIGHBOURS IN POPLAR  delivering free hot meals
 on Wednesdays and Sundays to people in 
need in the Poplar and Isle of Dogs areas.
They can also help with shopping. (Tel – 020 7987 0257)
BETHNAL GREEN FOOD BANK @ St Matthews Church, E2 6DT 
Open Wednesdays 2 -7pm 
STEPNEY FOOD BANK @ St Dunstan's Church, E1 0NR 
Open daily (except Sundays & Mondays) 10 - 4pm, Saturdays 10 - 3pm
(Tel - 0207 650 3035) 
SALVATION ARMY in Kerbey Rd Poplar, Food distribution (limited visits) Every other Thursday 09.30-11.30
FOODCYCLE  Distributes food/meals from our Bow Road Methodist Church
Friday evenings between 7 - 8.00 pm

Statue of JW

Wesley's ChapelMuseum of Methodism  Wesley Day, Monday 24 May 2021

With President of Conference, the Revd Richard Teal & Vice President of Conference, Mrs Carolyn Lawrence

 10:00am   Morning Prayer, livestreamed only 
 10:30am   Museum Opening   Guided tours of the Chapel and Museum at :11:30, 12:30 & 2:45 pre-book 

Courtyard activities: Self led ‘Walk with Wesley’ on Googlemaps, local area, lunch available locally
 ‘Walk with Wesley’ (still under construction) for use at home

All welcome, but attend the red-highlighted events this year, you must pre-book

1:30pm     Singing in the courtyard
2:00pm     Worship in the Sanctuary  Carolyn Lawrence to preach, Richard Teal to lead prayers
3:00pm     Prayers and song at John Wesley’s grave, leaving site by 3:15
3:20pm     Bunhill Fields, grave of Susanna Wesley
3:50pm     Aldersgate ‘Flame’ by Museum of London
4:30pm     Gather at St Paul’s Cathedral
5:00pm     Sung Evensong; Richard Teal to participate
5:45pm     Prayers at the statue of John Wesley, St Paul’s North Garden 
                 Wreath laying by Alison Gowman, Sheriff elect of City of London

 Covid security: In line with projected guidelines, up to 6 people can come on each tour of the Chapel and 6 in the Museum at any given time, masked and socially distanced.  The Museum will be open for general admission, and tours at stated times.  We can have up to 60 in worship at 2 pm; for the outdoor gatherings, up to 30 can gather, and advance booking on our website is strongly recommended.  We will be walking independently between the sites. 

Spaces in Onsite Community

The Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Community currently have rooms available to let, and are looking for new people to join the community.  The cost of the rooms available vary and as part of the community we will also require people to volunteer time and commit to attending our monthly gathering.  To find out more details and to request an application form please contact the office at Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission (tel: 020 7253 2262) or email Sally Rush, our community worker (

Tower Hamlets Circuit is registered for the Easyfundraising site, which means you can raise money for the church when you buy online via Easyfundraising

1. Register as a user and choose “Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets” as your cause
2. Go to first when you buy online. Find the retailer’s name, click through to their site and shop 
3. The church gets a percentage of what you spend


Charity Number 1134888