The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

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Until Sunday 18th November, open 10.00-1845.
Shrouds of the Somme exhibition in the Olympic Park
If you have not already been, do try to get there. It makes a remarkable impression on all visitors. 

 There are 72,396 little dolls wrapped in shrouds and laid out on the South lawn, representing the dead who have no grave, from the Battle of the Somme in the Great War.  Total dead from the Battle was 420,000.  Lost Lives, on the west boundary of the site, depicts the number killed each day from August 1914 - November 1918, plus 75,000 casualties of war dead within three years afterwards. 
Total; just short of 1 million UK and Commonwealth soldiers.  

To find the exhibit, head for the Orbit (Helter-Skelter!).  108 bus to the Aquatic Centre takes you near and is very easy, or walk into the park, from Stratford or Pudding Mill Lane..


Join us for the opportunity to read, listen and understand as the Bible reflects on Advent themes over the four weeks of Advent at times to suit everyone.
Come and join in one of our groups to help us to use Advent as a season of preparation.

First sessions are – 
7:00pm Tuesday 27th November at Bethnal Green Manse 
9.30am  Sunday 2nd December at Old Ford Methodist Church
12:30pm  Sunday 2nd December at Bethnal Green Methodist Church

Saturday 24th November from 11.00 at Bow

We will be holding our next coffee morning at Bow Road Methodist Church.  When you start planning for Christmas, rest assured you can make or buy some of your cards and presents on that day, as well as relax with good music, company and coffee!

In August, our musicians were back at Canary Wharf taking part in the Late Bloom Arts Festival. 
Watch a clip of the group sing-a-long last time they were there:

The Band meets Fridays at Bow Road Church  See website 

Christian Aid Collection: 

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CHRISTIAN Aid has thanked our circuit for response to its emergency appeal following flooding in the Indian state of Kerala and by the tsunami in Indonesia. In Kerala, CA has been delivering relief supplies to around 20,000 people and giving families access to safe drinking water. 
The total given by our churches so far is nearly £300. 
Grateful thanks to everyone who was able to contribute

Sunday 9th December – 2:00pm
Shuffles School of Dance (hour-long) Show at Bethnal Green Church

Members of the Shuffles School of Dance group will be performing some of their latest dance routines to help raise money for church funds. 
 Tickets are £5 Adults £2 Young People, Under 10’s free; includes refreshments.

Tuesday, 11th December at 7.30 pm
The QVSR Carol Service this year will be attended by HRH Princess Alexandra, who earlier will have unveiled a plaque to mark the final phase of the Queen Vic Refit Programme.

Sunday 23rd December at 6 pm
Tower Hamlets circuit carol service at Bow Road church  

 One tin at a time for Whitechapel Mission


Rev'd John has emptied all the Church boxes and taken 14 car-loads of contents to Whitechapel  over the year. All so very gratefully received! 

Some of the items currently ‘desperate’ are:  Nutella,  Sugar, Coffee, Baked Beans, Honey, Instant Hot Chocolate and tinned Plum Tomatoes (not chopped), plus toothbrushes, razors, men’s underwear, socks.

(See list on box in Churches for latest info).

All tinned produce from our local Harvest Festival services goes to the Mission

NB. The annual thanksgiving service is on Sunday 18th November at 3:00pm 
Guest preacher: Rev the Lord Roger Roberts, Methodist minister & member of the House of Lords. Everyone is cordially invited to share in this special Service to give thanks for the work of the Mission with homeless people over the last year.


Old Ford Church is open every Tuesday 13.30-15.00 for craft-work, coffee and cake.  Bring any craft you are working on.  Beginners welcome

Old Ford  

On the second Tuesday of each month, 12.30, there is a light lunch at Old Ford with an opportunity for conversation, prayer and then a short service. These are all open to anyone living locally, as well as to everyone across the circuit.  

2018 is the 150th anniversary of Bethnal Green Methodist Church
Bethnal Green’s 150th anniversary has not finished: It continues for the rest of the year!  We are planning development of our church buildings, welcoming the community and those in need.
So stay connected through the circuit newsletter and/or contact the Rev'd John Hayes (07531 243327)

Worried about debt...or know someone who is?zacc

Stepchange Debt charity provides free debt advice online and over the phone. They are working in partnership with Zacchaeus but the service is open to anyone. If you are worried about debt in anyway then visit their website or if you prefer to speak to someone, call 0800 138 1111 

The FoodCycle charity holds a community meal on Friday evenings 7pm at Bow Road church. The charity sources good quality food from supermarkets that is soon to reach its sell-by date. If you want to know more, visit the website ( contact Matt ( or 020 7729 2775  More volunteers to assist would be welcome

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
There are lots of retailers taking part including:  Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ebay,, Clark’s, British Airways

For full address and details of each church in the circuit, see Congregations


Charity Number 1134888