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Friday 1 March 2019. World Day of Prayer

This year our friends at the Bethnal Green Mission Church on Cambridge Heath Road (2 mins from tube station) are hosting the Day of Prayer. The service, written by the women of Slovenia, is based on the invitation to the banquet from Luke 14. A prayer and craft space is open from 10 am, light refreshments available at 6pm with the service starting at 7pm.

 Ash Wednesday, 6th March:Day of prayer and fasting

This year, Tower Hamlets Methodist Circuit is going to share in a day of prayer and fasting as the start of our Lent preparations for Easter.

The 2019 Lent reflections will be focused on Challenging Conversations. We will be reflecting on how to live together well as communities of Christians - even though we might not all agree on something. There will be themed preaching and bible study opportunities throughout the Circuit.

So whilst we prepare to talk and listen to one another this Lent, we will start with a day of prayer and fasting.  Every church will be open for an hour at some time during Ash Wednesday to enable people to come and offer prayer and reflection. There will be the opportunity to fast, and there will be prayer resources to enable you to join in if you are unable to come to any of the church based sessions. 

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Saturday 9th March, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Meet at Bethnal Green Methodist Church. Walk as many “circuits” of our ½ mile route around Victoria Park as you can manage. Bring a picnic along so we can all join together for a picnic in the park at around 12:30 pm. Get your friends and family to support you by raising funds for the Zacchaeus Project.
Sponsor forms available from the office: 020 8983 1568.

If you cannot join in yourself, or are looking for someone to sponsor:
The on-line donation page for your support of Irene Hayes in her 10k Challenge Run in Victoria Park on Saturday 9th March is now available.  Proceeds to the Zacchaeus Project

For further information contact the Zacchaeus Project: 020 8983 1568 (

Twitter: @LdnZacchaeus        Facebook: Zacchaeus Project @ZacchaeusMCTH     

New Venture from Wednesday 13th February 2019: 11:00 am - 12:00 midday

For six weeks, there will be chair-based exercise sessions running at Old Ford - designed to keep you moving and active.   Useful for all!  Open to all.

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

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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.    

Circuit Job Vacancy.  Appointment of a circuit Local Pastor.  Closing date: end of February.

Open House  at John Wesley's House, City Rd.  Weds 20th Feb 11.00 - 15.00,
when there will be free family activities going on. Come and explore the 18th Century town house where John Wesley used to live.

350th Anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley.
There is currently a small, temporary exhibition about the life of Mrs Wesley in the Museum of Methodism down in the crypt of Wesley's Chapel, on the City Rd.  Open every day, 10.00-16.00 (free entry)

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2019 is the 21st year of the circuit’s Zacchaeus Project at Bethnal Green

The project started out as a church-based initiative for carers in 1998 and has gone from strength to strength since then, evolving to suit the needs of the community. 


Buy a key-ring to celebrate this milestone!  Only £1.99

For further information contact the Zacchaeus Project: 020 8983 1568 (

Twitter: @LdnZacchaeus        Facebook: Zacchaeus Project @ZacchaeusMCTH       

Worried about debt...or know someone who is?                         

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 

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Congratulations to the project for winning 2nd prize in the Tower Hamlets in Bloom competition for “Best Community Growing Site”. Pay a visit if you can and see the wonderful Zacchaeus garden at the back of the Bethnal Green church.

Rev'd John Hayes knows a Christian charity that recycles greetings cards.
Used stamps can also be put to use:  Take them into church and they will be passed on.
You can leave them in one of the Whitechapel boxes and John will collect them from there

 One tin at a time for Whitechapel Mission


Rev'd John has emptied all the Church boxes and taken 14 car-loads of contents to Whitechapel  over the year. All so very gratefully received! 

Some of the items currently ‘desperate’ are:  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).

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

This 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 last time they were there:

Christian Aid Collection: 

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Christian Aid Week (May 12 - 18) Note the dates.

There will be a circuit Big Brekkie at our Bow Road church on Saturday, 11th May. On Tuesday 14th there will be the usual collection at Mile End tube station, supported by a number of churches in the area. More details and further plans to follow ....

 ALMOST four years after conflict broke out in Yemen, the country remains in the grip of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with more than 14 million people on the brink of starvation. CEOs of the country’s leading faith-based aid agencies have now come together to appeal to Christians and Muslims to pray for an end to the suffering.

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

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