The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

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What’s On This Week   All remote - on Zoom

Sunday                          Meet after worship on zoom for coffee and chat 12:00

Sunday                          Youth zoom – a gathering for young people  6:00pm

Monday                         Bow Road prayer meeting with Lucia Banks at 7:00pm  
Tuesday                        Circuit Prayer with Lucia Banks at 8:00am

Tuesday                             Advent Group –  with John Hayes at 7:00pm 
Wednesday                   Advent Group –  with Andrew Brown 7:00pm               
Thursday                       Reflecting on the Psalms with Lucia Banks at 10.15am 
                                       Explore the Psalms with Lectio Divina 
Saturday                       Circuit Prayer with Lucia Banks at 8:00am

The Circuit December plan  gives details of all services and meetings.

including possibility of some live services, starting at Bow Rd on Sunday 6th December

Monday 7th December 6.30pm
On-line Meeting to discuss safety of the new Vaccines, with opportunity to ask questions. 
See Covid 19 for details and how to register to attend.

 Our annual circuit carol service - Sunday 20th December at 6:00pm

will be YouTube, on-line this year.  This is where we need your help. Please let us know your favourite carol, reading or reflection for Christmas.  Perhaps you could also record a short video about why it is important to you, for inclusion in the service.  

Please send your contributions by Dec 12th to


ADVENT course through December.  For details

gold tree

Zacchaeus project will be playing some well-known carols for people to listen to, outside Bethnal Green Methodist Church on Thursday 17th December from 2pm to 4pm.  Call round and listen for a while!

Whitechapel Mission  
Thank you so much for your continued supportThe Mission remains Open and Serving.

The Annual Service of Thanksgiving at Whitechapel Mission 15th November.  Available here

 Homeless in London - video by Edward Browne

The best way to help at the moment is to give money and let the Mission buy what it needs.   Food is the highest priority for those sleeping on our streets. Warm clothing, medical attention and support must be sustained. The system has changed slightly to suit current needs, but the Mission is now serving up to 600 breakfasts daily and offering packed lunches to guests who are homeless and generally have nowhere else to turn. 
See video of our current work                           Up-to-date list  of Mission needs 

See also Mission Winter Appeal

LOCAL FOOD BANK - still running throughout the emergency!
Working from Bromley-By-Bow Community Centre, St Leonard’s Street, E3 3BT

See website.  Donations are currently much needed as stocks are running low while demand is growing.
A small gift of money is probably the easiest way to assist.  Please help, if you can.
A partner foodbank is based at St Matthew’s Church, Bethnal Green.  The team there continue to distribute food on the first and third Fridays of each month. If you would like to help as a volunteer or with a donation, please get in touch with St Matthew’s Rector, Erin, at or by ringing 0208 109 0644

Local food resources:
NEIGHBOURS IN POPLAR  delivering free hot meals on Wednesdays and Sundays to people in need in the Poplar and Isle of Dogs areas. They can also help with shopping. (Tel – 020 7987 0257)
BOW FOOD BANK @ Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonards Street, E3 3BT 
Open: Mondays 8.30 am - 12.30 pm 
BETHNAL GREEN FOOD BANK @ St Matthews Church, St Matthews Row, E2 6DT 
Open Wednesdays 2 -7pm 
STEPNEY FOOD BANK @ St Dunstan's Church, Stepney High Street, E1 0NR 
Open daily (except Sundays & Mondays) 10 - 4pm, Saturdays 10 - 3pm (Tel - 0207 650 3035) 
SALVATION ARMY in Kerbey Rd Poplar, Food distribution 
Thursday 10.30-11.30
FOODCYCLE  Distributes food/meals from Bow Road Methodist Church
Friday evenings between 7 - 8.00 pm


Foodcycle has started up again on Fridays at our Bow Road Church 19.00-20.00hrs
serving take-away meals at the door (instead of a sit-down meal inside as previously.) There is no charge.  Anyone in need of a meal is welcome. 

Reset the Debt -  Campaign Launched
During lockdown, millions of families in the UK have been forced to borrow money to make ends meet - with the biggest increase in debt amongst the poorest households.  Six million people have fallen behind on rent, council tax and other household bills because of Covid-19.  Almost one in five households borrowed money to buy food or other essentials in July.

This is an urgent problem that demands a solution. So we're proposing that the Chancellor create a Jubilee Fund, that will provide grants to pay off and cancel unavoidable debts accrued by households during the lockdown period. We believe that a Jubilee would allow relationships to be reset, communities to be re-balanced, and people’s dignity to be restored.

Reset The Debt is a campaign launched by the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, Church Action on Poverty, the United Reformed Church and  the Joint Public Issues Team of the Methodist Church. 
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MHA Christmas Friendship appeal

You can make a real difference to loneliness and isolation for those in later life by sending a resident in our care a virtual Christmas card and message. See website for how.


Update on Covid 19; The Circuit is coping within restrictions
Our Circuit Covid Diary, running since 17th March, with updates and information on the changing position, had been archived, hoping it was no longer necessary!  It has been updated again, with the resurgence all over London and the UK. An edited diary of the progress of the pandemic as it has affected the Circuit can be traced back to March.  
DECEMBER. Now things are changing fast - or does it just seem like a change of pace?  Further Covid news and information will be published on it as needed. 

Methodist Church Tower Hamlets  provides many possibilities for communicating with each other. Please visit it and tell us what you think. There are reflections, updated each week; new information is added frequently.  You are invited to contribute.  Please check regularly and share your thoughts, prayers and lives with us.  Do join in on our Facebook page

Wesley's Chapel - Museum of Methodism
The Museum (only) on City Rd can be accessed by appointment only.  There is currently no public access  to John Wesley's House, but visitors can explore the items in the Museum and watch the short film about the start of the Methodist Movement. No large groups, please.  Entrance is free, but be aware that you may be pressed for a small donation!  The annual City Carol Service will be on-line, following the Circuit service, at 19.00 on Sunday 20th December - or available at any time after that

Or see the website where virtual tours are available.

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


Charity Number 1134888