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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)
Coffee Morning Every Thursday from 11.00. Email Andrew for Zoom Link when ready to join.
Join others from the Circuit for morning prayer at 0800 on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Contact Lucia for Zoom invitation.
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
The new Youth Zoom Club is now on every Sunday 6.30pm-7.30pm for young people aged 10+.
Last Sunday there were 4 youths and 4 mums on. We have an hour of fun activities and socialising games, Bible Reading discussion and praise. If your child is interested in joining, contact Kumari: email@example.com and she will send you the link to the Zoom meeting.
Tower Hamlets Facebook page:
A 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 the page and tell us what you think. There are reflections by Deacon Terry, and information from Lucia about “Test, Trace, Pray”- using every Wednesday until 1st July as a day of prayer in the circuit.
Do share your own thoughts and ideas to this page.
Please check here regularly and share your thoughts, prayers and lives with us.
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 now. From Friday, 8th May the address is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 0208 109 0644.
Thank you so much for your continued support.
The Mission has suspended all volunteering and outside service provision. Our current 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.
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 .
You can access documents and study guides:
Find the full report here: God in Love Unites Us
The official Methodist Church study guide: God in Love Unites Us Study Guide
A report on the Circuit response was to go to the April Synod, and findings will go forward to Conference.
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