The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

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POPLAR anniversary next Sunday 26th May!

The Methodist Church has issued a report to conference on marriage and relationships which will be the basis of much discussion in the Autumn.  It is long - so probably best not to attempt printing at home!  There are a number of supporting documents as well.  Some of this will be used in our next set of Bible studies and themed preaching, currently in preparation. 

Lengthy summary with links to the actual (even longer) report  

Rev'd John Hayes

Friday 24th May is Wesley Day.  

OPEN HOUSE AT WESLEY'S CHAPEL, City Rd.  (Near Old Street Underground Station).  

Visit the place where John Wesley lived in Georgian times (1779 until his death there).  See his study, bedroom and prayer room.  Try some biscuits from the cook in the kitchen! 
House open during the day 11.00-15.00.   
17.00, Evensong at St Paul's cathedral. 
Pilgrimage walk back to the Chapel, via Aldersgate and Susanna Wesley's grave.  
Service, and finally, thanksgiving at John Wesley's tomb at 'a quarter before nine'.  
Join in for any part or all of the activities.

Read article about the Conversion experience of John Wesley

Next Open House is Saturday 8th June  11.00-15.00 when the new Physic Gardens will be formally opened.  It is Open Gardens week-end in the City; there will be a plan and trail to find the plants prescribed for 18th century ailments by John Wesley, growing in every bed on the City Rd site.
Free entrance. Children welcome 

NEW INITIATIVE at OLD FORD: Buddies of Bow - a joint initiative with Bromley by Bow Centre,
Tower Hamlets.  
Introducing a new community connection space

  • Ideas to start local projects
  • Local conversations
  • Meeting your community
  • Informative speakers (June/July)
  • Creative activities
  • Light refreshments served.

14th Jun and 19th July 10.30 - 12.00 at old Ford Methodist Church. 

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

Old Ford  

On the second Tuesday of each month, 12.30, there is a light lunch at Old Ford with an opportunity for conversation, prayer and then a short service. These are all open to anyone living locally, as well as to everyone across the circuit. 

Seated exercise group is to continue for a few more weeks:  Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm  

 New Encounter Course at Bethnal Green Church from 29th May 2019

  •   Ever wondered what God is calling you to?
  •   Would you like to have a greater impact as a Christian disciple?
  •   Unsure of the next steps in your Christian journey?
  •   Interested in engaging in theological reflection with a group of like-minded individuals?

  If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, the Encounter course is for you!
 Session on 29th May is a Taster, so why not come and see how you feel about it?

  See attached flyers for ENCOUNTER and for ENCOUNTER Accompanists
  Rev'd John Hayes is a leader on the course.  Please contact him with any enquiries.

One tin at a time for Whitechapel Mission


Always needed:  Nutella,  Sugar, Coffee, Baked Beans, Honey, Instant Hot Chocolate and tinned Plum Tomatoes (not chopped), plus toothbrushes, razors, men’s underwear, socks.

(See list on box in Churches for latest info).

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Irene’s sponsored 10k run and the walkers together raised £1,400.
 The  Zacchaeus 21st birthday celebrations have so far raised over £2,600. 

Have you seen the old films of the East End from the Bow Mission archive?

  BAND FOR LIFE.  The Band meets Fridays at Bow Road Church  See website 

Band for Life project is playing at the Early Bloom Festival on Saturday 8th June in the Crossrail roof garden at Canary Wharf. The band will be on stage from 10-11 am and everyone is invited to come and cheer them along. This is the third time that Band for Life have played the festival.


 Last summer, our musicians were back at Canary Wharf taking part in the Late Bloom Arts Festival. 
  Watch a clip of the group sing-a-long last time they were there.

Christian Aid Collection: 

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Christian Aid Week May 12 - 18

focussed on maternity healthcare in Sierra Leone, one of the world’s most dangerous places to give birth. Maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone are the highest by a significant margin.  Working alongside its local partners, Christian Aid is building more health clinics, so that pregnant women can deliver their babies safely. It is also training nurses to provide urgent care in communities and is improving hygiene, so mothers and babies can fight off diseases.


              Our collection total currently stands at £462.

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
There are lots of retailers taking part including:  Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ebay,, Clark’s, British Airways

For full address and details of each church in the circuit, see Congregations


Charity Number 1134888