Social Ministries

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. 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;


The Whitechapel Mission
Open every day of the year and seeing as many as 300 homeless and vulnerable men and women each day. During the Covid crisis, numbers have risen to 650 breakfasts some days, and packed lunches have been distributed too.  Without any public funding at all. 
How you can help    

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!

Alex Campbell writes; "As you can imagine the task of keeping everyone safe in a community of 160 plus residents and 50 staff has been considerable ....We have adapted to the situation we are in and we are surviving by all working together for the common good of QVSR and I would like to pay tribute to the QVSR staff team; they have stepped up to the mark and have shown great commitment and flexibility in order to get us through the virus .

The Zacchaeus Project                                                      zacc logo

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
Currently based at Bow Methodist Church
Twitter: @LdnZacchaeus
Facebook: Zacchaeus Project @ZacchaeusMCTH

Circuit community projects at Old Ford
Old Ford Church, Corner of Armagh Road and Old Ford Road E3 2LY, in conjunction with Age UK and Zacchaeus project, runs social sessions every Tuesday 13.30-1500.  If you are interested in running a project here, please call us

Band for Life

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.  (Starting again; great care being taken for safeguarding. Please contact Sarah before calling in, until everyone feels comfortable again) 

Contact Sarah Wilson, Project Leader, via the Circuit Office on 020 8880 7301 

Watch a clip  of the Band performing at Canary Wharf

  Volunteers are needed to help with the Bow and Bethnal Green Foodbanks

  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