The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

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Not sure what to do with the Christmas Cards you have received?
Lots of old greetings cards stuffed in a drawer?
If you can spare them, please pass them on to Rev'd John Hayes - they are going to a Christian charity that recycles the cards.
You can leave them in one of the Whitechapel boxes and he will collect them from there

Used stamps can also be put to use: take them into church and they will be passed on.

Sunday 20th Jan at 6pm
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service at Bethnal Green Church

Concita (Connie) Coke

The funeral service for our sister Connie Coke will be held on Tuesday, 22nd January, 12 noon at the Bow Road Methodist church. Connie’s family have requested that the service be held at Bow Road because the premises are bigger than Poplar and a large number of family and friends are expected to attend. Please join us as we give thanks to God for Connie’s life.

Frances Billings's funeral is planned for 12:15pm Weds 30th at Old Ford Church

 Starting in January 2019. Encounter Course at Westminster Central Hall

  Ever wondered what God is calling you to?
  Would you like to have a greater impact as a Christian disciple?
  Unsure of the next steps in your Christian journey?
  Interested in engaging in theological reflection with a group of like-minded individuals?

  If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, the Encounter course is for you!

   NB Taster session on on Monday 14th January (6.30pm-9pm)

  See attached flyers for ENCOUNTER and for ENCOUNTER Accompanists
  Rev'd John Hayes is a leader on the course.  Please contact him with any enquiries.

 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).

Before the morning service on Sunday 20th January, volunteers will be helping with breakfast service, with sorting of clothes, and meeting the early morning crew. 

You are invited to come and help with a clothing challenge at 7:00am, or to join in the reflections at 11:30am.



This summer, 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 

Big thank you to all who helped make our Christmas Coffee and Music morning such a success.

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.

Poplar raised £110 for Christian Aid via their Christmas card post-box and the offertory on Christmas morning. The money will sponsor two piglets and a water pump!

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.    


The Knit and Natter group enjoyed the final session of 2018 at the Christmas dance at York Hall;  
Seasonal songs and lots of old favourites plus a tasty buffet


2019 is the 21st year of the circuit’s Zacchaeus Project at Bethnal Green 

 The project started out as a church-based initiative for carers in 1998 and has gone from strength to strength since then, evolving to suit the needs of the community. A party will be held to celebrate the project’s ‘coming of age’ on Wednesday 30th January (11 am - 2 pm). Centre manager Debbie Brady said: “We will be showcasing the work of our groups, as well as having fundraising activities such as massage and reflexology sessions, manicure and pedicures, homemade cake stalls and much more!” There is a new year 21-day ‘countdown’ to this event.
For further information contact the Zacchaeus Project: 020 8983 1568 (

Congratulations to the project for winning 2nd prize in the Tower Hamlets in Bloom competition for “Best Community Growing Site”. Pay a visit if you can and see the wonderful Zacchaeus garden at the back of the Bethnal Green church.

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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