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Sunday 16th September: Service at Whitechapel Mission led by Rev'd John Hayes, 3 pm

Compass – Exploring Faith Together 
Tuesday 18th September 19.00

The Compass course will run at Bethnal Green Methodist Church through the autumn. First session was on Tuesday 11 September. 

Compass ran last year at Old Ford and Bethnal Green. The response was so positive that we wanted more people to have the opportunity to share this excellent course designed by the Methodist Church. Together we will explore what we think about God and what “being a Methodist” means.
The course is open to all.  
Come and try. No booking required! 
If you have any questions, please contact either Verna Coke or Irene Hayes

Wednesday 19th September, 18.30: Circuit Meeting at Old Ford church

Saturday 22nd September, 10.00: The Circuit Walking Group meets at Bethnal Green Underground Station to explore the local area

John Singleton explains:
I have taken it upon myself to revive the circuit walking group … and we will see what happens. The idea is that between now and January there will be a monthly Saturday morning walk focused around the area of each of our churches in Tower Hamlets. As it is still the 150th anniversary year of Bethnal Green, I thought we would push on from the memorable walk that was held on Good Friday and on subsequent occasions (and is still available to download from the circuit website). So if anyone is free to meet on Saturday (22nd) outside Bethnal Green tube station (St John's church) at 10 am we will do a rough circular tour via Cambridge Heath Road and Hackney Road, eventually cutting across to Bethnal Green Road and back to the station. Along the way there will be some interesting sites to see and hear about - some of them with Methodist links and others just interesting or odd. As before, this is very much an exploratory walk and a work in progress. I expect the walk to take under two hours (with a refreshment stop) and you are welcome to do as little or as much as you can - or even catch a bus! Hopefully the weather will be  better than on Good Friday, but you never know!! 
This is also Open House Weekend.  

Talking of God Together - Making it easy for you to speak about God and faith

Rev'd Cameron will be exploring the themes
At Poplar on Sundays, 9th, 23rd September, 14th, 28th October
At Bow Road on Sundays 16th and 30th September, 21st October, 4th November 

Remembering the ministry of the Rev'd David Roe


On Thursday 13th September, 11.30am, as part of the 175th anniversary of the work of the QVSR, the Rev'd Cameron Kirkwood, Superintendent of the Tower Hamlets Circuit,  led a short Thanksgiving Service in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park at the grave of the Rev'd David Roe. The Rev'd Roe, a Weslyan Methodist Minister, was the first Superintendent of the Mission from 1898-1919 and he was instrumental in the major expansion in its work. It was under his leadership, vision and energy that the Mission became well-known, and saw recognised its reputation for its work amongst seafarers, nationally and internationally. The event was attended by QVSR staff and members of the QVSR Board. 

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.  

On Sunday 16th Sept, 10.45 for 11.00, 
(clement weather prevailing) Old Ford Church is taking its morning praise to Victoria Park for an open-air service .  A venture in neighbourhood witness.  

No sessions at Bow on 7th or 14th Sept.  Back on 21st Sept.

Saturday 24th November from 11.00

You are invited to "save the date":  We will be holding our next coffee morning  at Bow Road Methodist Church.  It may seem a long way off, but when you start planning for Christmas, rest assured you can make or buy some of your cards and presents on that day, as well as relax with good music, company and coffee!

Sat 25th August, 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:

Members of the Band enjoying an evening out at the Royal Albert Hall


The Band meets Fridays at Bow Road Church  See website 

One tin at a time for Whitechapel Mission


Rev'd John has emptied all the Church boxes and the contents have been gratefully received at Whitechapel.  The need is great, so keep it coming! 

Some of the items currently ‘desperate’ are: Nutella, Peanut Butter, 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).


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 ( contact Matt ( or 020 7729 2775  More volunteers to assist would be welcome

Christian Aid Collection: 

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The need is very great as Christian Aid responds to emergencies around the world, as well as campaigning against the causes of poverty and the reality of climate change 

Flooding in Kerala, India.  Emergency appeal envelopes are being distributed in all our churches - please help if you can.  Donations can be made direct to Christian Aid by visiting

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