The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

Churches & projects serving London's East End

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What’s On This Week   All remote - on Zoom
Sunday                          Meet after worship on zoom for coffee and chat 12:00-12.30
Sunday                          Youth zoom – a gathering for young people 10.00-10.45 and  6:00pm
Monday                         Bow Road prayer meeting with Lucia at 7:00pm  
Tuesday                        Circuit Morning Prayer with Lucia at 08:00 
                                      Lent course - Woven  7.00pm

Wednesday                   Lent course - Woven  2.00pm
                                      Learning to See - discussion group with Irene 4.30pm (not 24/02)


Thursday                       Lectio Divina at 10.15 on                                              Luke's Gospel with Lucia
Thursday                       Circuit Coffee zoom 11.30

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

Lent group using Material from Woven, coming at end of February 
Let Rev'd John know if you would like a printed copy of the material, or download

Throughout February
: discussion group followed the series Learning to See.

"You have eyes," said Jesus, "But you do not see!"
Thinking about what holds us back from understanding each other,
Join Irene on Zoom from 4.30pm for about an hour
This series of 3 has pondered Confirmation, Complexity and Complimentary Biases.
Next session: A new series will start on 3rd March (no meeting 24/02) when we shall look further at Social and Group biases (especially with reference to the community of Church and religion) and discuss the concept of Contact bias.  How can we possibly know or understand those with whom we have no contact? How do we judge them without acquaintance? Prejudice v experience? New additions to the group will be made welcome.  Debate or spectate, as you will.  To get into the swing, just listen to one of the podcasts.  

Thursdays from 11.30 you are invited to drop in for a chat at our Coffee Morning Zoom.

Stay as little or as long as you wish, but here is a chance to exchange a few words with others while we are confined in our own homes for a few more weeks.   You are welcome to just watch and listen if you do not wish to say anything! Or tell us what's gone wrong - or what's gone right for you.  Guaranteed to cheer you up a little bit!  You have to make your own coffee, though. Biscuits or cake is optional!

Contact Lucia or Andrew to receive the Zoom link.  You can decide on the day whether to click it


The zplogoZacchaeus Project  is now running a similar tea-time chat on Fridays 3-4pm. Meet and chat with other members and reunite with old friends

Bring your tea/coffee and share your stories

Call 020 8983 1568 or 07712 332324 for more information on how to join
(If you need any assistance in setting up the Zoom App we can help) 

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!  

Have you noticed the new item on the Menu?  Young People's News!  

 Update on Covid 19

With cases continuing all over London and the UKplus the swift vaccine roll-out, our Circuit Covid page (running since 17th March) is constantly being updated.  An edited diary of the progress of the pandemic as it has affected the Circuit can be traced back to last March.  


Whitechapel Mission 

January Circuit Service at the 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.  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                           Up-to-date list  of Mission needs 

See also Mission Winter Appeal

Reset the Debt -  Campaign Launched
During lockdown, millions of families in the UK have been forced to borrow money to make ends meet - with the biggest increase in debt amongst the poorest households.  Six million people have fallen behind on rent, council tax and other household bills because of Covid-19.  Reset The Debt is a campaign by the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, Church Action on Poverty, the United Reformed Church and  the Joint Public Issues Team of the Methodist Church 

 Visit the Website

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.  Donations are needed as stocks are running low while demand is growing .A small gift of money is probably the easiest way to assist.  Please help, if you can.  A partner foodbank is based at St Matthew’s Church, Bethnal Green.  The team there continue to distribute food on the first and third Fridays of each month. If you would like to help as a volunteer or with a donation, please get in touch with St Matthew’s Rector, Erin, at or by ringing 0208 109 0644


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   Thursday 10.30-11.30
FOODCYCLE  Distributes food/meals from our Bow Road Methodist Church
Friday evenings between 7 - 8.00 pm

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

Wesley's Chapel - Museum of Methodism
There is currently no public access  to John Wesley's House and Museum but  see the website where virtual tours are available. Daily opportunities for Worship. with the Chapel

February Half-term  activities for children.  See  Young People's page 

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 do your shopping
3. The church gets a percentage of what you spend


Charity Number 1134888