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ADVENT

Join us for the opportunity to read, listen and understand as the Bible reflects on Advent themes over the four weeks of Advent at times to suit everyone.
Come and join in one of our groups to help us to use Advent as a season of preparation.

Next sessions – 
7.00pm Tuesday 18th December at Bethnal Green Manse
9.30am  Sunday 23rd December at Old Ford Methodist Church
12:30pm  Sunday 23rd December at Bethnal Green Methodist Church

See full listings of the Advent groups



Shrouds of the Somme in the Olympic Park

When Lacey visited the exhibit, she was surprised and delighted to meet Rob Heard, its creator.

Lacey


Lacey had wanted to see the Son et Lumiere in the Moat of the Tower, but the press of the crowds made it difficult - even dangerous.  Hearing about the Stratford event through this Circuit News, she saw instead a graphic depiction, lovingly displayed, heard about it from Rob himself - and had plenty to share with her teacher and class back at school! 

 72,396 little dolls wrapped in shrouds were laid out on the South lawn, representing the dead who have no grave, from the Battle of the Somme.  Total dead from the Battle was 420,000.  
Total dead in the Great War; just short of 1 million UK and Commonwealth soldiers.  But let's not forget:

1.4 million French
1.7 million Russian
1.8 million German

 The display made a remarkable impression on all visitors




Sunday 9th December
Shuffles School of Dance Show 

Members of the Shuffles School of Dance group performed some of their latest dance routines to help raise money for church funds. The hour-long performances show-cased some of the talented young dancers that are regularly using our hall at Bethnal Green. We ran out of seats, and many in the audience had to stand through the performance. Over £500 was raised, which was shared between the dance group for new equipment, and church funds. Special thanks to Kerry and the team, and to Sheila  and Kathy for co-ordinating the refreshments.




Saturday 15th December 12-2.30.

Come to Wesley's Chapel (on the City Road) and enjoy tea, coffee and delicious cake served by Georgian re-enactors within the stunning Radnor Hall, playing an old fashioned tea room!
Donations for cake will raise money for free learning programmes for local schools.

Then, at 3pm, in the Chapel

Quantum Theatre returns to Wesley’s Chapel to present their unique take on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen. Great fun for all the family!
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Tuesday 18th December from 3:30pm Candlelight Carols in the Community

At the entrance to Bethnal Green Methodist Church. Singing your favourite carols with seasonal refreshments - wrap up warm!



Sunday 23rd December 6.00pm 

The Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets invites you to A Festival of Carols 

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At Bow Road Methodist Church On the corner of Bow Road and Merchant Street, E3 4LY

Celebrate the birth of Jesus and a new relationship with God this Advent and Christmas.  Come and hear again the message of the angels. Experience the peaceful message of the birth of Christ, through readings and carols.

Refreshments afterwards 



Christmas Services around the Circuit.  See full listings


 Starting in January 2019. Encounter Course at Westminster Central Hall

  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!

   NB Taster session on on Monday 14th January (6.30pm-9pm)

  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

Beans

Rev'd John has emptied all the Church boxes and taken 14 car-loads of contents to Whitechapel  over the year. All so very gratefully received! 

Some of the items currently ‘desperate’ are:  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).

Before the morning service on Sunday 20th January, there will be an opportunity to help with breakfast service, with sorting of clothes, and meeting the early morning crew.  Please help by printing and passing on this invitation, and by opting in and returning the slip asap, but well before Christmas.



  

BAND FOR LIFE

This 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:

The Band meets Fridays at Bow Road Church  See website 

Big thank you to all who helped make our Christmas Coffee and Music morning such a success.



Christian Aid Collection: 

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CHRISTIAN Aid has thanked our circuit for response to its emergency appeal following flooding in the Indian state of Kerala and by the tsunami in Indonesia. In Kerala, CA has been delivering relief supplies to around 20,000 people and giving families access to safe drinking water. 
The total given by our churches so far is nearly £300. 
Grateful thanks to everyone who was able to contribute




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.  



2018 is the 150th anniversary of Bethnal Green Methodist Church
Bethnal Green’s 150th anniversary has not finished: It continues for the rest of the year!  We are planning development of our church buildings, welcoming the community and those in need.
So stay connected through the circuit newsletter and/or contact the Rev'd John Hayes (07531 243327)



Worried about debt...or know someone who is?zacc

Stepchange Debt charity provides free debt advice online and over the phone. They are working in partnership with Zacchaeus but the service is open to anyone. If you are worried about debt in anyway then visit their website or if you prefer to speak to someone, call 0800 138 1111 



The FoodCycle charity holds a community meal on Friday evenings 7pm at Bow Road church. The charity sources good quality food from supermarkets that is soon to reach its sell-by date. If you want to know more, visit the website (www.foodcyle.org.uk) contact Matt (matt@foodcycle.org.uk) or 020 7729 2775  More volunteers to assist would be welcome




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


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