The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

Churches & projects serving London's East End

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What’s On This Week.   All remote - on Zoom

Tuesday: Morning Prayer 08.00
Wednesday: Pilates with the Zacchaeus Project 11.00
Thursday: Circuit coffee morning, all welcome from 11.00 
Saturday: Morning Prayer 08.00
Sunday: Services available on-line (see Worship at Home) and on Facebook

News for Young People - Green Agents of Change
An opportunity for our young people to get connected with other young people about climate change.
Saturday 22 August 2020 
10.30am - 12pm: 8 - 11s
  3.30pm - 5pm:  12 - 17s
On-line gatherings for children and young people in the Methodist Church who are passionate about climate justice. Follow the link and get signed up for 22nd August!


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

    Coffee Morning Every Thursday from 11.00.  Email Andrew (or Lucia) for Zoom Link 


    Join others from the Circuit for morning prayer at 0800 on Saturdays and Tuesdays

    Contact Lucia for Zoom link

August update The focus of the circuit’s Band for Life and Zacchaeus projects during coronavirus has been on keeping contact with members and providing support and assistance where necessary. The projects are also looking at what needs to be done in order to start meeting again - but while they are keen to do that, they have to be certain that everyone will be safe. In their report to the Circuit Meeting, project leaders said they would follow government and Methodist Church guidelines, and interact with other similar organisations to learn what they are doing.

Late July 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. 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

Outcomes of Circuit Meeting, on Zoom, with presentation by the developers on plans for Bethnal Green Church, a report from the Superintendent on his Sabbatical, a review of the weeks of Lockdown and discussion on the potential for re-opening our churches and projects in the autumn.

  • First details now posted in a new section dedicated to the Bethnal Green Redevelopment
  • Further comments on the way forward through the pandemic; see Covid19 
  • See Rev'd John's Sabbatical reflections below:

From the Superintendent.  Reflections on Sabbatical,  April–June 2020


A sabbatical that was focused on images and reflection was how I wanted to use the gift of time. Despite the elimination of all the travel plans we had, I was still able to follow the main theme....(read more)

Wesley's Chapel - Museum of Methodism
The Museum (only) on City Rd is now reopening for visitors on Thursdays and Fridays 11.00-1430.
There is currently no public access to the Chapel or 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 yet, please.  Entrance is free, but be aware that you may be pressed for a small donation!
Or see the website where virtual tours are available.

Youth Zoom Club at the Tower Hamlets Circuit

Now taking a break for the Summer.  Back in September


 The Garden of Eden 

as imagined by Jheneil, aged 6. Those apples look really inviting!

LOCAL FOOD BANK - still running in the emergency!
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.  Over the past month, The Bow Food Bank has had nearly 1000 customers, and delivered further parcels to people at home. The trustees are determined to keep the food bank going, but it relies on financial and food donations . 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 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.

 Whitechapel Mission  

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


Do not try to deliver to the Mission without a prior arrangement, please. For the first time, the Mission is short of beans and tinned tomatoes, since it has not been possible to process the usual donations of goods.  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 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 

newsringIt was not possible to discuss, as planned, God in Love Unites Us at this year’s Conference.  The Faith and Order Committee will bring its report to the 2021 Conference.

 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 

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 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


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