News and Calendar




What’s On weekly
Sunday Services in our Circuit Churches as per plan

NB  Monthly services at the Whitechapel Mission start at 3pm
They are available on the Mission website

Monday  Advent Series (on Zoom) 7pm

Tuesday  Circuit Morning Prayer via Zoom @ 8am

Thursday  Coffee and a catch-up in the QVSR cafe from 2pm - all welcome
Thursday  Advent Series (in person)  6.30pm at QVSR

Saturday  Circuit Morning Prayer via Zoom @ 8am

For your diary
Circuit meeting will be on Weds 13th Dec at 6.30, Bethnal Green Church.

QVSR Carol service at Emery Hall Poplar on Tuesday 12th December, from 7.30pm
Carol Services in all our churches: Sunday 17th December 11.00. Visitors welcome.
Carols in the Community
outside, at Bethnal Green Church, on Tuesday 19th Dec  14.30-16.00. With hot chocolate!
SERVICES in all our churches at 11.00 on Sunday 24th December.
Christmas Day; 10.30 at Poplar with Deacon Theresa.  Live feed from the Whitechapel Mission from 08.00.
No service at Bethnal Green or Bow.
On New Year's eve, Circuit service at Bow, 11am, and from 10.30 for 11pm at Poplar, for Watchnight Prayers.


 QVSR Cafe at 2pm on Thursdays   You are invited for tea and chat with friends and neighbours from Poplar Church, QVSR, Circuit Churches and anyone else who would like to call in.  Rev Cameron (QVSR Chaplain) will be there and you will be made welcome!  (It's a nice cafe with a selection of fare at very reasonable prices)

Warm Space 2023 (Bethnal Green) from 3rd November.
The Church offers a Warm Space again this year in the Cafe at Bethnal Green, every Friday from 10.30 to 4 o'clock.  Tea, coffee and biscuits provided, free of charge, but no other food or snacks available that day. 
Everyone in the neighbourhood will be welcomed. No cafe on Friday 29th December

Band for Life
Sarah Wilson  Band for Life project leader
Tel:-  020 8880 7301/07805 884185

We are very pleased to be heading back to The Space this year on Saturday 16th December from 2-4pm to perform some of our favourite songs. As it's Christmas of course we'll sing some of your festive favourites as well, and we'd love audience participation! See below for details and booking. The ticket prices are on a sliding scale, so anything that you can afford will be appreciated, as a percentage is donated to Band for Life. But we really want to see you there, so please contact me for a complimentary ticket.

Band for Life Christmas Show - The Space



Christmas Catalogue

Please browse and think about giving something useful from the All We Can selection 

Tower Hamlet Circuit Diversity (EDI) training 

 This training is to help us live out our commitment to being a church which is inclusive and justice-seeking.

All Methodists (and Methodist staff) are encouraged to use this Methodist Equality Impact Assessment as one way of asking ourselves relevant questions about how we do things now and how we might do them differently in the future, so that we can help a bigger diversity of people to grow in our discipleship together.

More information    To join the course or with any questions, email me.

Foundation Level Safeguarding Training

 It is important for all of us to understand the Church Policies and Procedures, and a basic mandatory requirement for anyone in a church post. If you are due for a refresher, or would like to attend a class, please contact Sally in the Circuit Office or speak to Theresa. 




From the Whitechapel Mission:

Our doors will be open every day during 2023
We have been helping Londoners to help people who are rough sleeping since 1876, meeting the specific needs of each man and woman who walks through our doors.

Based in the Methodist circuit, we are a volunteer led work with very few staff, but this does not mean we are a small organisation.

First, we help people by meeting immediate needs: food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. In our recovery programmes, we address deeper needs for life-skills and job-skills training, and addiction recovery. We measure our progress against four criteria which indicate to us that a life has been transformed from homelessness to hope: connection to family, commitment to sobriety, a job and a place to live, and a plan for the future.The Whitechapel Mission is called to serve the men and women caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy and lasting productivity. We promote the concept of being part of the Mission and taking ownership of the Mission. Any and all who come are welcome.

See more under Congregations and the Mission's own site

The Bow Foodbank is currently closed; help is still available at the Bethnal Green food bank - running at the Raines School site on Approach Rd, very near our Bethnal Green Church

Foodcycle offers prepared, cooked vegetarian meals to sit and eat together, on a Friday night at our Bow Church


Zacchaeus project runs at Bethnal Green
A full day's programme continues to run on Tuesdays at Bow

See the
 Zacchaeus website for details

Find us on Facebook  

Call 020 8983 1568 or 07712 332324 or email Debbie for more information
At Zacchaeus we recognise and support unpaid carers in our community.

Tuesday 12th December
Small table-top sale 12.30 - 2pm at our Bow Church
Fund-raiser!  Come and spend some money! Please!

Starting the New Year with celebration of
25 years of service on Thursday 11th January.
Details on website (link above)

John Wesley's Chapel, House and Museum website

Statue of JW

The Chapel and Museum is open for formal visits Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 -16.00.   The Georgian Town House is not always open for unbooked visits and it is always best to check before coming any distance, as a shortage of stewards can occasionally force unexpected closure.  Entry to the House is now charged at £6 per person. 

There will be Open House days throughout the year when entry will be free of charge - including Weds 20th December, when the house will host a Georgian Christmas from 11.00 - 15.00, with Carols in the Courtyard around lunchtime.


Would you like to volunteer as a Heritage Steward? 
You choose your own shifts; just twice a month 10.30-16.00 as a minimum.
You meet people from all over the world and make them welcome.
You show visitors around the site; the Chapel, Museum and John Wesley's Georgian House.

There can be a lot of running around and it can be tiring, but, if you are less physically fit, the team will work with you so you can be seated, serving in the little shop, or by the entrance to greet, or in a position where you can speak to visitors but remain comfortable.  Knowledge of other languages can be useful, but is not a requirement.
There are many Brazilian pilgrims who call in, so anyone who speaks Portuguese would be especially useful.

Training Given. 
Contact Museum Curator:


Also at Wesley's Chapel: 

Caretaker required
Tuesday – Saturday (8am – 4pm) & Saturday 8am – 5pm
36 hours per week
Salary: £24617

The Trustees of Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission are seeking to recruit a caretaker to join their committed and friendly staff team.  The successful candidate will be expected to ensure a high standard of cleanliness and safety in all of the internal, external & communal areas of the of the site. Candidates should also be able to undertake basic maintenance/DIY tasks.  Candidates must be self-motivated, proactive and able to work independently with minimal supervision. They should be able to prioritise varying workloads, and respond to emergencies when called upon.
Previous relevant experience is desirable.

Part-time Cleaning Operative required
Monday – Friday (7.30am-10.30am) / 15 hours per week
Salary: £13.15 per hour (£10257 per annum)

The successful candidate will be expected to work with ourcaretaker to ensure a high standard of cleanliness on the site.
Candidates must be self-motivated, proactive and able to work independently with minimal supervision. They should be able to prioritise varying workloads, and respond to emergencies when called upon. Previous relevant experience is essential.

Full details & an application form for either post can be obtained on request from: Tracey Smith at Wesley’s Chapel, 49 CityRoad, London, EC1Y 1AU, telephone 0207 253 2262 or by e-mail to:
The closing date for applications is Friday 8th December

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