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The Methodist Church report to conference on marriage and relationships
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 .
We have now made available the report – God in Love Unites Us, the Study Guide - and there are links below for further information. There is also a very short questionnaire available in our churches. Please take one, which you are encouraged to complete and return. There will be a box in the services over the next few weeks for your response.
We will be holding two Circuit discussions, which we encourage as many people as possible to attend: Saturday 8th February – 10:30am at QVSR
Sunday 9th February – 3:00pm at Bethnal Green
You can access various documents and study guides below:
Find the full report here: God in Love Unites Us
The official Methodist Church study guide: God in Love Unites Us Study Guide
Cumbria District have produced an extended study guide which includes some helpful resources for looking at what Biblical sources about marriage and relationships have to say.
Methodist Evangelicals Together provide resources from a traditional perspective.
Dignity and Worth provides resources from a perspective which looks for change in our current practice.
Rev'd John Hayes
Sunday at Six at Old Ford Church
A chance to sing, pray, reflect and listen for the prompting of God through the Holy Spirit. This is an informal gathering where everyone is welcome to join and share in the discovery. We reflect on understanding God's guidance for our lives together as a Circuit, pray for the community around Old Ford, listen to and rest in the Holy Spirit. Come and be!
Exploring Church Membership - Compass starting Sunday 19th January - 6:00pm-7:30pm at Old Ford Church
Deacon Terry and Rev'd John Hayes will be sharing in the leading of these sessions, along with invited guest leaders from our Circuit. These sessions will help you to explore and understand what it means to be a Christian within the Methodist Church. Whether you are a member already, new to the Methodist Church, or simply wanting to understand more about being a Methodist disciple, these sessions will be really helpful. If you think you might be interested in finding more out about membership, please speak to John Hayes or Terry Street.
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.
NEXT INTER-FAITH FORUM MEETING: 20 January 6-8 pm
EDUCATION IN TOWER HAMLETS
Join us for our next forum meeting including discussion about the new Sex and Relationship Curriculum.
Speaker: Kate Smith, Healthy Lives - Tower Hamlets Council
Place: Fern Street Family Centre, Fern Street, Bromley By Bow, London E3 3PS
LOCAL FOOD BANK
On average the Bow Food bank, which is open every Monday, supports about 1040 clients each week. 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.
Could you help at all? To find out more, have a word with John Singleton who is one of the Foodbank trustees: 07805 802364.
NOW St Matthew’s Bethnal Green is working with Bow Foodbank to set up a food bank on the west side of Tower Hamlets. Volunteers are to be drawn from local faith groups, universities, and other parts of the community. We are looking for
- volunteer co-ordinators
- people to welcome clients during the Food Bank
- people to help order and organise food in between Food Bank sessions
f 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.
Classes restart 13/01/2020
Tuesday 21st January 10.30 am - 2.30 pm
Zacchaeus Project is launching an ambitious Health and Wellbeing Festival, called New Year, New You. It’s all free and everyone is welcome. Programme includes complementary therapy taster sessions; exercise to music; creative arts; emotional wellbeing workshops; blood pressure and blood sugar checks. The project is based at the Methodist church in Approach Road, Bethnal Green. Do drop in on the 21st.
BAND FOR LIFE. The Band meets Fridays at Bow Road Church See website
Our musicians at Canary Wharf taking part in the Late Bloom Arts Festival.
Watch a clip of the group sing-a-long.
Thank you so much for your continued support.
Christian Aid Collection:
The result of the Christian Aid appeal at Poplar over the Christmas period was £125.65 which included donations in lieu of postage for Christmas cards and the offertory on Christmas Day morning. As an example of the practical help this amount can achieve in countries where Christian Aid’s partners are working, the money has been divided up as follows: £40 (one weaving loom), £60 (two lots of clean water, see picture), £25 (one emergency disaster kit) and the odd 65p as a donation! This total is more than last year
For ongoing collections: Thank you.
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
There are lots of retailers taking part including: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ebay, Amazon.co.uk, Clark’s, British Airways
For full address and details of each church in the circuit, see Congregations
Charity Number 1134888