The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

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The October Circuit Plan and November Plan give details of all services and meetings.
You will notice that we now show no church services in our buildings. We will review the situation weekly.

What’s On This Week   All remote - on Zoom

We will have a break this week, from **Monday Bow Road Prayer Room (Oct 26th) and ** Lectio Divina (Thursday Oct 29th) ; Youth zoom club is on this Sunday but will not meet on Nov 1st as it's school half-term. The other 2 circuit prayer meetings will be continuing as usual and all the meetings will be back to their usual time from 2nd Nov. 

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

Sunday                          Youth zoom – a gathering for young people at 6:30pm

Monday                         Bow Road prayer meeting with Lucia Banks at 7:00pm  **
Tuesday                        Circuit Prayer with Lucia Banks at 8:00am
Tuesday                              Discipleship Group – for everyone who wants to be supported and to support                                                 others in their faith journey, with John Hayes at 7:00pm 
Wednesday                   Bible study – Reflecting on Revelation 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


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. 
Visit the Website

Invitation to the Annual Service of Thanksgiving at the Whitechapel Mission
on Sunday 15th November at 3.00pm

The Service will be on-line this year, so can be accessed any time afterwards; but you are invited to join Rev'd John Hayes (Superintendent, Tower Hamlets) Rev'd Jen Smith (Superintendent, Wesley's Chapel, City Road) Tony Miller (Mission Director) and Michael Spurr (Chairman of Trustees) for this review and celebration of the work, together.

Whitechapel Mission  

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

See video of our current work  and see Edward Browne's HOMELESS IN LONDON (below)


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 now serving between 300-600 breakfasts and offering packed lunches to guests who are homeless and generally have nowhere else to turn.  

 Some work has now re-started on the Mission clothing store, too.

Members of the London Ambulance Service pictured making one of their regular donations of food and toiletries to the Mission

11/10/20  The Mission currently need stocks of :

 * Ketchup


 * Brown Sauce


 * Chocolate Spread


 * Baked Beans

 Jeans 28-36"

 * Runny Honey

 Trousers 28-34"

 * Plum Tomatoes

 Small Rucksacks

 * Pot Noodles

 Mens Trainers

 * Nutella

 Mens Shoes

 * Squash


 * Biscuits  

  * Instant Hot Chocolate

 * Sugar

  * Coffee


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 is 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) 

FOODCYCLE Distributes food/meals from Bow Road Methodist Church
on Friday evenings between 7 - 8.30 pm

Salvation Army in Kerbey Rd Poplar, Food distribution 
Thursday 10.30-11.30

Homelessness Sunday reminded us of the ongoing situation on London's streets.

 Homeless in London - video by Edward Browne


Update on Covid 19; The Circuit is coping within restrictions

Our Circuit Covid Diary, which has been running since 17th March, with updates and information on the changing position, has been archived, but is still available to view.  It has been updated with messages from the Mayor and a full list of current restrictions. The church buildings are still mainly closed, but lots of alternative services, meetings, prayer-time and get-togethers continue, with links from this website and from the circuit Facebook page. Further news and information will be published here on the News Page, as we  move on with our Life in new ways, before being moved to the Covid 19 Diary and archive, where the progress of the pandemic as it has affected the Circuit can be followed.  

The focus of the circuit’s Band for Life and Zacchaeus projects during the pandemic has been on keeping contact with members and providing support and assistance where necessary. Band for Life has had one get-together recently, and hopes to meet again at Bow Rd Church on Friday 30th Oct. 

 Advice appointments will continue to be carried out remotely where possible, but if a face-to-face appointment at The Zacchaeus Project is required this can be arranged, provided safety measures are followed.   See Zacchaeus website for more, as some activities are now running, under Covid secure conditions. Members are getting used to the restrictions which make meetings possible.  There will be a week's break from 26th Oct, after which the situation will continue to be monitored to keep everyone safe.

Methodist Church Tower Hamlets  provides 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 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 is currently open for visitors on Thursdays and Fridays 11.00-1430. From November this will be by appointment only.  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.

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