The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

Churches & projects serving London's East End

Social Ministry

In addition to the conventional congregation-based ministry, the Methodist Church has over the years founded a range of social ministries or projects to help meet the needs of this ever changing community. 2018 is the 175th anniversary of the Seaman's Rest and 150th for the Charity now called  Action for Children and the Church at Bethnal Green where it was originally based as the National Children's Home.

In the 21st Century engagement with the wider community, with emphasis on supporting those marginalised or in special need, continues. The following social ministries exist to serve the local community in the name of the Methodist Church;


missionThe Whitechapel Mission
Open every day of the year and seeing as many as 300 homeless and vulnerable men and women each day. Without any public funding at all. At this time of year, stocks are running low. 
How you can help    Will you try Service for one morning on Sunday 20th January 2019?
Here's a New Year Challenge for you!  If it's not for you, print it out and pass it on!
Responses early December, please, for planning purposes.


Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest mission175 years of service
The Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest provides accommodation for seafarers, both active and retired, ex-servicemen and other adults. It runs a budget-priced cafe (available to the public) particularly good for an old-fashioned cooked breakfast!
Annual Carol Service in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra; Tues 11th December 19.30



The Zacchaeus ProjectZac
works with older people and carers, offering a full programme of activities, plus advice and support, all designed to improve quality of life and to address specific gaps in local provision. Founded in 1997, the project continues to develop and expand in line with local need and in discussion with its members. 21 years of service and counting!
See Zacchaeus website for details or contact Debbie:
Contact Centre Manager:  Deborah Brady
Walter Newby Centre, Bethnal Green Methodist Church, Approach Road, London E2 9JP, 020 8983 1568



Knit and Natter
Old Ford Church, in conjunction with Age UK and Zacchaeus project, runs social sessions every Tuesday 13.30-1500
Corner of Armagh Road and Old Ford Road E3 2LY


Band for Life
B4L

meets at Bow Road Church on Fridays.  The weekly two-hour band sessions are rehearsals, but also social gatherings and a regular meeting space. The project is open to all over 18 but particularly those with mental health problems or suffering social isolation.  
Contact Sarah Wilson, Project Leader, via the Circuit Office on 020 8880 7301 

Watch a clip  of the Band performing at Canary Wharf
Thanks for a successful Christmas Bazaar at Bow Rd Church on 24th November!



  Would you use your skills to assist any of these ventures? Contact the Circuit Office 0208 880 7301


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Charity Number 1134888