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Sundays in September at 6pm: Sunday at Six at Old Ford Methodist Church
A chance to sing, pray, reflect and listen for the prompting of God through the Holy Spirit. This will be an informal gathering where everyone will be welcome to join and share in the discovery. We will be reflecting on understanding Gods guidance for our lives together as a Circuit; praying for the community around Old Ford; listening to and resting in the Holy Spirit. Come and be!
Monday, 23rd September, 6 - 8 pm
The Tower Hamlets Interfaith Group is holding a meeting at our Old Ford church, to hear something about how faith and community groups are working to end poverty in our area. Speakers will include Denise Brewster of Quaker Social Action, Elizabeth Marshall from the Bow Foodbank at St Mary’s church, and a representative from the Metropolitan Police. Come and join the discussion.
Weds 23rd October, 11.00-15.00. John Wesley's House is open for visitors, with activities Upstairs/Downstairs.
Open House in September had well over 200 visitors to the Chapel and Museum. The cooks gave out spiced bread and biscuits, which were remarkably good for being 200 years old - well, the recipe was, anyway!
49, City Road, Old Street Station.
In the Zacchaeus Kitchen, preparing for the Caribbean BBQ in August
Thursday, 5th September
Zacchaeus iMembership Launch Event and Afternoon Tea See website
One tin at a time for Whitechapel Mission
The list of urgent needs has changed considerably following a recent review. Please consult this list.
Thank you so much for your continued support. Gifts can be brought to the churches and left in the box labelled Whitechapel Mission.
BAND FOR LIFE. The Band meets Fridays at Bow Road Church See website
Band for Life project played again at the Late Bloom closing festival at Canary Wharf
One of the highlights is having to park our van down in depths of Canary Wharf, an area usually unseen by the passing shoppers, and negotiate the big loading bay lifts in our hi-vis jackets!
There was a great atmosphere, and the support from those in the circuit who regularly help and provide encouragement is much appreciated. The project is based on the ethos that music can be healing in many different ways, including preparing and sharing our music with others, but also as we gather each week (no matter how we feel) to help each other benefit from making music in a supportive community.
Band for Life is now taking a break for 2 weeks,
resuming on Friday 27th September
Our musicians at Canary Wharf taking part in the Late Bloom Arts Festival.
Watch a clip of the group sing-a-long.
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
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.
LOCAL FOOD BANK
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:
Christian Aid Week this year
focussed on maternity healthcare in Sierra Leone.
Our local collection total topped £1,000, with Gift Aid to be added. Thank you.
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
Charity Number 1134888