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Circuit Farewell to Rev'd Cameron Kirkwood and Anette:

Sat 20th July from 6.30pm at Bow Rd Church
Sunday 21st July at 11.00.  Circuit Service at Bow Rd Church

Rev’d Cameron Kirkwood at Whitechapel Mission

Cameron chaired his last Whitechapel Mission trustees meeting recently.  He was warmly thanked for his service.  The transformation of the group during his tenure over the last couple of years has been significant.  Five new Trustees have been recruited while Cameron has been Chair of Trustees and he expressed his gratitude for all the support he had received.  Cameron was able to pass on the Chair of Trustee role to Michael Spurr, and was delighted to leave the Mission in such competent hands. 


It was also the last meeting for long-standing trustee Terry Simco.  Terry is well known across the Circuit, especially in his involvement with QVSR.  The trustees offered their thanks for all of Terry’s work and support.

At QVSR: The final lunch club for this session held a party to mark the 80th birthday of Terry Simco, who founded the club more than 20 years ago when he was General Secretary of QVSR (and also a local preacher and circuit steward). There was another magnificent cake to mark the occasion.

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)

The Methodist Church report to conference on marriage and relationships 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


‘Made of Money’ course to return in August

Irene Hayes is currently running the QSA (Quaker Social Action) Made of Money course at Zacchaeus on Wednesday afternoons. The course is ending, but the good news is that another course will run on a different day in August for those who missed this opportunity. If you are interested in budgeting and debt management, maybe struggling with debt, finding it hard to save, or want to do more than just manage, Made of Money has options to help you gain greater financial confidence. For more information, or to book your place contact Zacchaeus (020 8983 1568,

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

Band for Life project played again at the Early Bloom Festival in June in the Crossrail roof garden at Canary Wharf.  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.

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  

Also at OLD FORD: Buddies of Bow - a joint venture 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
  • Creative activities
  • Light refreshments served.

Next meeting Friday 19th July 10.30 - 12.00 at old Ford Methodist Church. 

 The Tower Hamlets Methodist circuit is making a grant of £6,000 to the Bow Food bank, based in St Mary’s church, Bow. The application from the Food bank met the circuit’s funding criteria of “charities providing critical services to the people of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets” and comes at a time when need in the community is increasing as families go on to Universal Credit and have to cope with the gap between application and payment. The grant will be each year for three years. On average the Bow Food bank, which is open every Monday, supports about 100 clients each week.  It relies on financial and food donations to keep going. 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.


Christian Aid Collection: 

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Christian Aid Week this year

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 local collection total topped £1,000, with Gift Aid to be added.  Thank you.

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

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