The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

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Whitechapel Mission

The Whitechapel Mission has its own excellent website maintained by the Director, Tony Miller 
Deacon Terry Street has Pastoral Care of the Mission for the Methodist Church (Tower Hamlets)

We are closely watching the situation with COVID-19 (Corona-virus) and doing everything we can to make sure guests, volunteers and staff are safe. So far none of the team has been directly affected by COVID-19 and we have taken preventative measures to ensure this remains the case. None of our guests has currently been effected by the COVID-19. Our Office Support team is on hand in case you have any questions, and can be reached on  03000 111 400

We are suspending all volunteering and outside service provision. Our current evaluation of risk is that people should not be travelling to the Mission unless absolutely essential. 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

The Mission day care centre is open 365 days a year and is currently serving an average of 
297 breakfasts per day.
23,800 people used our showers during this year.  
2,457 used our advice services. 566 were women. 
15% of people supported by the Whitechapel Mission have been in the armed services.
24%  are under 26 years of age
32%  have been in care at some point
38%  have been in prison

Night shelter is not the norm but is offered when the temperature drops around freezing
Running costs per day are about £2,000.  The Mission receives no state aid

Sunday 3rd May  TBC  - looking increasingly unlikely!
The service and annual general meeting due to take place at the Whitechapel Mission on April 26 has been postponed to the following Sunday, 3rd May. This was to avoid the London Marathon which would have made travel difficult. 

On Thursday 9th January 2020, Tony was the guest speaker at the Conversation following Evensong  at St Mary-at-Hill Parish Church in Billingsgate, by the Monument. The group was impressed by Tony's 40 years experience and stunned by his continuing enthusiasm and passion. 

 November 2019


The President of the Methodist Conference, Dr Rev Dr Barbara Glasson, preached at the annual service for supporters of the work of the Mission with homeless and rootless people. 

 October 2019 The Mission hosted the Methodist City Centre Network. We welcomed people from all over the country who work in city centre churches.   There was a chance to share the work and challenges of Whitechapel Mission with  our colleagues and friends from around the Methodist Connexion. 

 September 2019 The Circuit's Harvest Festival gifts were sent for the benefit of the Mission.

 August 2019 One Tin at a Time  Please see the update list of Things we Need.  There are boxes in each church where you can leave your gifts or let Rev'd John Hayes (07531 243327)  know when you have something to collect, and he will take it down to the Mission. Every little helps.

 June 2019  Rev’d Cameron Kirkwood at Whitechapel Missionretire


Cameron chaired his last Whitechapel Mission trustees meeting.  He was warmly thanked for his service.  The transformation of the group during his tenure over the last couple of years has been significant. Cameron was able to pass on the Chair of Trustee role to Michael Spurr, and was delighted to leave the Mission in such compet

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.
ent hands. 

 May 2019 . Despite  all available storage at the Mission being full to bursting, I don't want to discourage regular contributions now that we have a steady stream of gifts, so please keep the donations (especially food) coming regularly.  

 Spring 2019  Whitechapel Mission in rail initiative to tackle begging.

The Mission is working with the London Overground rail network to discourage passengers from giving to people begging on the network’s walk-through trains, but instead to make a donation to the work of the mission. Posters on the stations and notices in the carriages say: “To help someone you see begging on London Overground, donate to the Whitechapel Mission. Any donations will be used carefully and your generosity will be welcomed”. The Whitechapel Mission - part of the Tower Hamlets circuit - is just minutes from Whitechapel station which serves the Overground, District and Metropolitan tube lines (and Crossrail at a future date). The mission currently provides breakfast for around 250 homeless men and women a day, together with essential advice services. Mission director Tony Miller said they had entered into discussions with London Overground because of the amount of complaints the train network had received about the high level of begging. So far, donations to the Mission have raised up to £17,000.

AGM held Sunday 7th April 2019 


Whitechapel Mission Champions -
Champion the cause 
Each of our churches now has a ‘Whitechapel champion’ who will act as advocate for the Whitechapel Mission in their congregations. 
This is an essential task for publicising the work of the Mission

Vice-President of the Methodist Conference 2016-17, Rachel Lampard, reflects on her visit to Whitechapel:

The Mission is an impressive feat of organisation - feeding huge numbers of vulnerable people, co-

Rachel Missionordinating thousands of volunteers, receiving (and sorting) donations of food and clothing from churches all over the country; but it is so much more than that. It is the Church in action; it is an outworking of God’s love. People in terrible situations are welcomed, known by name, helped to cope and to overcome huge obstacles, to see that things can be different. Tony Miller, director of the Mission, said to me that it is vital that the two elements of the Mission - the worship and the charity - are not seen separately. Both are church.
Rough sleeping is rising across the country, as are the numbers of homeless people in temporary accommodation. Over the last year, the centre has seen a third more people than it did the previous year, all at a time when prices are going up and budgets are shrinking. Donations to the mission from harvest festivals have been coming in, but we were told that the tins of baked beans, which in previous years had seen them through the year, were already running low, and there was also a desperate need for razors. The Mission depends entirely on voluntary donations. So how about donating the cost of a couple of catering tins of baked beans and a packet of razors? And in rain and cold temperatures pray for those who cannot escape them.

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