The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets
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)
There is a service at 15.00 one Sunday each month, live at the Mission
Recordings available at any time YouTube here
315,425 meals served
Covid has increased the numbers coming in for breakfast daily - served in bio-degradable trays, alongside meals to take away for later, and enjoying use of toilets, hot showers and the possibility of a change of clothes. The Mission continues its work, with the generous support of the staff.
The Mission is open for tea at 06.00, then breakfast is served from 8am each and every morning of the year and offers a large choice. A standard breakfast consists of 2 fried eggs, bacon, sausages, 2 hash browns, mushrooms, baked beans and tomatoes, served with a choice of bread or toast, and of course, tea or coffee. We also offer porridge and a choice of cereals, with other options available.
There is no charge for breakfast. In fact, there is no charge for any of our services. We do not know how many people will arrive on any given day. It may be as few as 200, but we feel that if there is only one person knocking on our door then we should open that door and make them welcome.
Pre the pandemic we would normally expect to cook 200-250 breakfasts on a weekday and as many as 300 at weekends. Since covid we are cooking 350 breakfasts most days and as many as 600 on some days.
Meet Chan, the deputy director. Chan joined the Mission at a challenging time for both staff and clients.
We are doing everything we can to make sure guests, volunteers and staff are safe. Our Office Support team is on hand in case you have any questions, and can be reached on 03000 111 400
Spring 2019 Whitechapel Mission in rail initiative to tackle beggingThe 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.
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