News and Calendar
11th-17th January WEEK OF PRAYER IN TOWER HAMLETS CIRCUIT
What’s On This Week All remote - on Zoom
Sunday Meet after worship on zoom for coffee and chat 12:00-12.30
Sunday Youth zoom – a gathering for young people 6:00pm
Monday Bow Road prayer meeting with Lucia at 7:00pm
Tuesday Circuit Morning Prayer with Lucia at 8:00am
Discipleship – Methodist Way of Life at 7pm
Thursday Lectio Divina at 10.15am on Luke's Gospel with Lucia
Thursday Circuit Coffee zoom 11.30am
Saturday Circuit Morning Prayer 8:00am
with Lucia Banks
Thursday 14th January from 11.30 you are invited to drop in for a chat at our Coffee Morning Zoom.
Stay as little or as long as you wish, but here is a chance to exchange a few words with others while we are confined in our own homes for a few more weeks. You are welcome to just watch and listen if you do not wish to say anything! Or tell us what's gone wrong - or what's gone right for you. Guaranteed to cheer you up a little bit! You have to make your own coffee, though. Biscuits or cake is optional!
Contact Lucia to receive the Zoom link. You can decide on the day whether to click it.
Update on Covid 19; Our Circuit Covid Diary, running since 17th March, has been updated again, with the resurgence all over London and the UK. An edited diary of the progress of the pandemic as it has affected the Circuit can be traced back to March.
Wed 20th January at 6pm: Taizé service from All Hallows by the Tower (via Zoom)
Each year All Hallows holds a special service of Taizé prayer during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, inviting members of neighbouring churches. This year, owing to the pandemic, the service will be held on Zoom. It would be especially good to come together to pray for our churches, local communities and the wider world at this difficult time. We will be recording some new chants for this special service, and would like to invite singers or musicians from visiting churches to participate so that we form a united choir and music group. It is fairly simple to do and recordings can be made on a mobile phone.The service will last around 40 minutes and there will be a chance to chat afterwards.
The Rev’d Sophia Acland
Associate Vicar, All Hallows by the Tower
020 7481 2928 07951 766 208
www.ahbtt.org.uk for the Zoom link or to join the choir/music
Meet Laverne John - Circuit Families and Young People’s worker.
Laverne has a degree in Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth work. She has worked with many young people and families over the last 10 years within statutory and voluntary agencies across South London, engaging with challenging behaviour, young offenders, mental health, substance misuse and learning disabilities.
She tells us, "Young people are quite often underestimated and misunderstood and I think they’re capable of so much – raw talent, energy and creativity and fresh thinking. They’re normally also whizz kids with IT and new technologies, which I’m always needing help with. Young people are our future and so we need to invest and give time to them."
She is really passionate about spreading the word of God to the future generations and supporting them to nurture and develop a personal relationship with God.
Welcome to the Circuit, Laverne
LOCAL FOOD BANK - still running throughout the emergency!
Working from Bromley-By-Bow Community Centre, St Leonard’s Street, E3 3BT See website. Donations are currently much needed as stocks are running low while demand is growing.A small gift of money is probably the easiest way to assist. Please help, if you can. A partner foodbank is based at St Matthew’s Church, Bethnal Green. The team there continue to distribute food on the first and third Fridays of each month. If you would like to help as a volunteer or with a donation, please get in touch with St Matthew’s Rector, Erin, at email@example.com or by ringing 0208 109 0644.
Local food resources:
BOW FOOD BANK @ Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonards Street, E3 3BT
Open: Mondays 8.30 am - 12.30 pm
NEIGHBOURS IN POPLAR delivering free hot meals on Wednesdays and Sundays to people in need in the Poplar and Isle of Dogs areas. They can also help with shopping. (Tel – 020 7987 0257)
BETHNAL GREEN FOOD BANK @ St Matthews Church, St Matthews Row, E2 6DT
Open Wednesdays 2 -7pm
STEPNEY FOOD BANK @ St Dunstan's Church, Stepney High Street, E1 0NR
Open daily (except Sundays & Mondays) 10 - 4pm, Saturdays 10 - 3pm (Tel - 0207 650 3035)
SALVATION ARMY in Kerbey Rd Poplar, Food distribution Thursday 10.30-11.30
FOODCYCLE Distributes food/meals from our Bow Road Methodist Church
Friday evenings between 7 - 8.00 pm
Thank you so much for your continued support. The Mission remains Open and Serving.
Homeless in London - video by Edward Browne
The best way to help at the moment is to give money and let the Mission buy what it needs. Food is the highest priority for those sleeping on our streets. Warm clothing, medical attention and support must be sustained. The system has changed slightly to suit current needs, but the Mission is now serving up to 600 breakfasts daily and offering packed lunches to guests who are homeless and generally have nowhere else to turn.
See video of our current work Up-to-date list of Mission needs
See also Mission Winter Appeal
Reset the Debt - Campaign Launched
During lockdown, millions of families in the UK have been forced to borrow money to make ends meet - with the biggest increase in debt amongst the poorest households. Six million people have fallen behind on rent, council tax and other household bills because of Covid-19. Reset The Debt is a campaign by the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, Church Action on Poverty, the United Reformed Church and the Joint Public Issues Team of the Methodist Church.
Methodist Church Tower Hamlets provides many possibilities for communicating with each other. Please visit it and tell us what you think. There are reflections, updated each week; new information is added frequently. You are invited to contribute. Please check regularly and share your thoughts, prayers and lives with us. Do join in on our Facebook page
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
Charity Number 1134888