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What’s On This Week
Tuesday: Morning Prayer, 08.00
Wednesday: ‘Test, Trace, Pray’ - weekly circuit day of prayer
Wednesday: Pilates with the Zacchaeus Project 11.00
Wednesday: Circuit Bible Study, 6.15pm
Thursday: Circuit coffee morning, all welcome from 11.00
Thursday: Youth Zoom Bible Study at 6pm
Thursday: Step out and Clap for Carers 8pm
Saturday: Morning Prayer, 8pm
Sunday: Youth Zoom Club for young people aged 10 upwards, 6.30pm
Sunday: Services available on-line (see Worship at Home)
11th July - from Circuit Administration
Church buildings across the London Methodist District are unlikely to open for worship before September. Guidance from the Methodist Church following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions on places of worship by the Government is that the decision to re-open a church needs “serious consideration and a thorough understanding of what is required in terms of planning and health and safety requirements”. The Church says there is no compulsion to re-open if managing trustees do not feel it can be done safely, or it is too soon. “It needs to be well planned, both before the opening and kept under review once the building is in use,” says the guidance. “Do not assume that you can immediately do things ‘as you used to do’ … and accept that saying ‘no’, ‘not yet’ or ‘not like this’ can be positive decisions.”
The Tower Hamlets circuit is discussing the issues with the Circuit Leadership Team and also at the next Circuit Meeting on 23rd July (held by Zoom).
July Update: At The Zacchaeus Project, we are focusing on supporting our members while keeping members, staff and volunteers safe, and we are following the government and Methodist church guidelines for organisations. These guidelines state that although community centres are allowed to open from July 4th, indoor fitness classes are still not allowed, and there are also still strict restrictions on interacting, with only two households able to mix indoors. This means that we are not able to run any of our regular group activities, or open the café, until further notice.
Because regular activities at Zacchaeus would usually be suspended from the end of July for the summer break, we have made the decision that no group activities will start up again until September at the earliest. We will be watching the official guidelines carefully and will plan our reopening in line with these, and will be in touch with members to communicate these plans. We understand that this will be disappointing news for many of you, but as the government and Methodist church quote, “the overriding priority remains to save lives”.
In the meantime, the staff are working remotely and are available to offer one-to-one support by phone, email and text/Whatsapp. Advice appointments will continue to be carried out remotely where possible, but if a face-to-face appointment at The Zacchaeus Project is required then this can be arranged, provided safety measures are followed.
See Zacchaeus website for more
Jesus – A Life
Andrew Brown is leading a 9-part online Bible Study on the book of Matthew, every Wednesday evening 6.15 – 7.30pm. You will need to be able to connect to Zoom via a browser or using the Zoom app. If you are interested in joining the study, please contact Andrew for log-in details.
Details of the course.
Youth Zoom Club at the Tower Hamlets Circuit
Youth Zoom Club is on every Sunday 6.30pm-7.30pm for young people aged 10+.
We have an hour of fun activities and socialising games, Bible Reading discussion and praise. If your child is interested in joining, contact Kumari: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the link to the Zoom meeting.
Tower Hamlets Facebook page:
Facebook page is live at Tower Hamlets Methodist Circuit to provide many new possibilities for communicating with each other, now and in the future. 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 here regularly and share your thoughts, prayers and lives with us.
Do join in on our Facebook page
The Garden of Eden
as imagined by Jheneil, aged 6. Those apples look really inviting!
LOCAL FOOD BANK - still running in the emergency!
The Foodbank has moved within Bow. Now working from Bromley-By-Bow Community Centre, St Leonard’s Street, E3 3BT
On average the Bow Food bank supports about 80-90 clients each week. The Bow Food Bank is now serving 270 customers, and delivering about 60 further parcels to people at home. The trustees are determined to keep the food bank going, but it continues to be a challenging time for them, particularly as a number of volunteers are in the ‘vulnerable’ age group and therefore not able to physically assist on a Monday. Please keep the volunteers and clients in your thoughts & prayers.
It relies on financial and food donations to keep going. The enterprise is run by a remarkable coalition of local faith-based and community organisations and reaches those in need by direct access – not by referral. See website. Donations - money or volunteering - most welcome.
A partner foodbank was set up in 2019, based at St Matthew’s Church, Bethnal Green. The team there will continue to distribute food on the first and third Fridays of each month during the pandemic.
If you would like to help as a volunteer or with a donation, please get in touch with St Matthew’s Rector, Erin, at email@example.com or by ringing 0208 109 0644.
Thank you so much for your continued support. The Mission remains Open and Serving
All volunteering and outside service provision is suspended as the evaluation of risk is that people should not be travelling to the Mission unless absolutely essential. Do not try to deliver to the Mission without a prior arrangement, please.
Food is the highest priority for those sleeping on our streets. Warm clothing, medical attention and support must be sustained as long as possible. The system has changed slightly to suit current needs, but the Mission is serving around 200 breakfasts and packed lunches a day to guests who are homeless and generally have nowhere else to turn.
Members of the London Ambulance Service pictured making one of their regular donations of food and toiletries to the Mission.
The Methodist Church report to conference on marriage and relationships
Relevant Notes from the 2020 Conference Papers
God in Love Unites Us will not now be discussed at this year’s Conference. The Faith and Order Committee will bring its report to the 2021 Conference.
The 2019 Conference directed the Faith and Order Committee to review the provision of liturgical resources in the light of God in Love Unites Us. An update on this will be brought to the 2021 Conference but, as part of the response, resources for celebrating civil partnerships will be produced. The parameters for such work will be dependent on the decisions relating to God in Love Unites Us.
Why is this Methodist report so controversial? Because within a Christian context it includes guidance on the understanding of cohabitation and recommends consent to the marriage of same-sex couples providing a church/circuit agrees. Of course, there is far more in ‘God in Love Unites Us’ which is worth studying. We are being asked to think about how we can live together with ‘contradictory convictions’ in the Church .
Rev'd John Hayes
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 easyfundraising.org.uk 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