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;
The 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
Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest 175 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!
Remembering the ministry of the Rev'd David Roe
On Thursday 13th September, 11.30am, as part of the 175th anniversary of the work of the QVSR, the Rev'd Cameron Kirkwood, Superintendent of the Tower Hamlets Circuit, will lead a short Thanksgiving Service in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park at the grave of the Rev'd David Roe. The Rev'd Roe, a Weslyan Methodist Minister, was the first Superintendent of the Mission from 1898-1919 and he was instrumental in the major expansion in its work. It was under his leadership, vision and energy that the Mission became well-known, and saw recognised its reputation for its work amongst seafarers, nationally and internationally. The event will be attended by QVSR staff and members of the QVSR Board. The current Chief Executive, Mr Alexander Campbell, will lay a wreath.
The Zacchaeus Project
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
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
Would you use your skills to assist any of these ventures? Volunteer
Charity Number 1134888