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LOCAL FOOD BANK - still running in the emergency!  Could you help?  
Have a word with John Singleton 
who is one of the Foodbank trustees.  07805 802364


THE Bow Foodbank is still managing to run on Mondays from 9.30 although not in the usual way. Volunteers are now based in the car park of St Catherine of Sienna church and are delivering food parcels and supermarket vouchers to needy families. The trustees are determined to keep the foodbank going, but it continues to be a challenging time for them, particularly as a number of volunteers are in the ‘vulnerable’ age group and therefore not able to physically assist on a Monday. Please keep the volunteers and clients in your thoughts & prayers.

On average the Bow Food bank supports about 1040 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.

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 St Matthew’s Bethnal Green is setting up a food bank on the west side of Tower Hamlets.
If you would like to help as a volunteer or with a donation, please get in touch with St Matthew’s Rector, Erin, at or by ringing 0208 109 0644.

 Whitechapel Mission  


25th March.  Thank you so much for your continued support.
The Mission has suspended all volunteering and outside service provision. Our current evaluation of risk is that people should not be travelling to the Mission unless absolutely essential. Do not try to deliver to the Mission without a prior arrangement, please. 

Food is the highest priority for those sleeping on our streets. Warm clothing, medical attention and support must be sustained as long as possible. 

The Mission remains Open and Serving

  Easter Buns             


A hot cross bun is a highly spiced bun made with plenty of currants and raisins, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten at the end of Lent, on Good Friday.   The cross represents the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signify the spices used to embalm him at his burial.

The hot cross bun may originate from St Albans, where Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th Century monk at St Albans Abbey, developed a similar recipe called an 'Alban Bun' and distributed the bun to the local poor on Good Friday, starting in 1361.

In 1592, during the reign of Elizabeth I, it was forbidden to sell hot cross buns or other spiced breads, except on Good Fridayat burials,  or at Christmas. Nowadays, they seem to be available all year!

At the WidowsSon pub on Devons Road, the eponymous widow is said to have kept Easter buns stored in her kitchen for her sailor son's imminent return.  But he never returned!  Each year, local Naval cadets are treated to a free bun and a pint in honour of the legend.

The Methodist Church report to conference on marriage and relationships 


 Why is this Methodist report so controversial? Because within a Christian context it includes guidance on the understanding of cohabitation and recommends consent to the marriage of same-sex couples providing a church/circuit agrees. Of course, there is far more in ‘God in Love Unites Us’ which is worth studying. 
 We are being asked to think about how we can live together with ‘contradictory convictions’ in the Church .

You can access documents and study guides:
Find the full report here: God in Love Unites Us 
The official Methodist Church study guide: God in Love Unites Us Study Guide 
A report on the Circuit response was to go to the April Synod, and findings will go forward to Conference. 
Rev'd John Hayes

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


Charity Number 1134888