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News in the Hackney Methodist Circuit

Prayers for the late Queen Elizabeth II and for King Charles III

We join others around the world in prayer following the death of our late Queen. We also remember her family and friends as they mourn.
We pray too, for King Charles III and others as they take up new responsibilities. May they gain strength from their Christian faith, as they serve this country and the commonwealth.

Circuit Service – 11am at Stoke Newington High Street as we start a new Methodist year

Come and join us as we celebrate a new Methodist year at Stoke Newington High Street. The theme of the service is ‘We are one in the Spirit’ and will be led by Rev Paulo Bessa Da Silva. The preacher will be Rev Andrew Letby.

Rev Andrew returns following his sabbatical

We are pleased that Rev Andrew has returned from his sabbatical, and look forward to hearing about it in the coming weeks.

Rev Andrew Letby on sabbatical

Rev Andrew Letby is on sabbatical (and also taking holiday) from Monday 18th April until Friday 5th August 2022. While he is on sabbatical, please contact Helen Cornick, the circuit administrator. Tel: 07736 972202 or

If you need a minister during this time, please contact Rev Paulo Bessa Da Silva on 07736 955808 or

Holy Week and Easter

We have services and opportunities for witness and worship during this week as we lead up to Easter Sunday with worship in all of our churches.

Wednesday 13th April 7pm at Clapton Downs Road – Holy Week Service led by Rev Andrew Letby

Good Friday 15th April 10am – 10.45 Good Friday Walk starting at St James the Great Church, 233 Lower Clapton Road and finishing at the Salvation Army, 122 Lower Clapton Road

Good Friday 15th April 11am – Good Friday service at Dalston Church, Richmond Road led by Rev Andrew Letby

Good Friday 15th April 2pm – 3pm Prayer Stations at Stoke Newington High Street where you will be able to contemplate and pray as you journey at your own pace through the events of Good Friday

Lent Worship and Study – 7pm each Wednesday from 2nd March to 13th April – at Clapton Downs Road Church

9th March – We will watch ‘The Way’

16th March – Study evening about ‘The Way’

23rd March – We will watch ‘Chocolat’

30th March – Study evening about ‘Chocolat’

6th April – We will watch ‘The Passion’

We have a Holy Week Service on Wednesday 13th April at 7pm led by Rev Andrew Letby

The services and studies will last about an hour. The films are about two hours.

Come and join us as we worship and study together

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18th – 25th January

There are services taking place in different churches in South Hackney during the week. You are welcome to attend any of them, either in person or online. The service from Hackney Methodist Church will be via Zoom on Saturday 22nd January at 7pm.

Day 1 Tuesday 18th January 7.30am St Luke’s Homerton, Homerton Terrace E9 6RT

Day 2 Wednesday 19th January 12 noon Salvation Army, Cambridge Heath, 70 Mare Street E8 4RT

Day 3 Thursday 20th January 7pm Frampton Park Baptist Church, Frampton Park Road E9 7PQ

Day 4 Friday 21st January 12 noon St John of Jerusalem, Lauriston Road E9 7DH

Day 5 Saturday 22nd January 7pm Hackney Methodist Church, via Zoom only

Day 6 Sunday 23rd January 4pm St Mary of Eton, Hackney Wick, Wick Road E9 5DH

Day 7 Monday 24th January 7pm Hampden Chapel, Lauriston Road E9 7EU

Day 8 Tuesday 25th January 7pm St Michael and All Angels London Fields, Lansdowne Drive, E8 3ER 

For in person services you are advised to check for any updated information on church websites, wear a face covering, observe social distancing protocols and if possible take a Lateral Flow Test just before attending.

Recruitment for foster carers in Hackney Council

Hackney Council are seeking to recruit new foster carers for vulnerable children and young people. Is this something that you have thought about? Might this be a way that you could be a disciple? Do you know someone who could fulfil this role?

If so, please contact Emma Harry.

Fostering Recruitment & Retention Manager

Children and Families Service

Hackney Service Centre

1 Hillman Street,

London E8 1DY

T: 020 8356 5985 / 07483 301 850


Circuit Outdoor Service on 5th September 2021

Over 50 people attended our Outdoor Service on Sunday 5th September which was held in the Church Garden at St John at Hackney Church. We also had about 20 people join us on Zoom. Rev Andrew preached on the theme ‘New Beginnings’ as we started a new Methodist year. There was a great feeling of celebration, and we shared food together afterwards. You can hear the sermon here: (11) Open air sermon Sept 5th 2021 – YouTube

A few photos from the service

Rev Andrew Letby preaching
Some of the gathered congregation
Sue Millman was welcoming our friends on Zoom
Sarah Latto provided the music for us
Our 4 ministers giving the blessing: Rev Paulo Bessa Da Silva, Rev John Sakutombo, Rev John Richey and Rev Andrew Letby

Warning about recent fraudsters re bank accounts

We have been made aware of scams where individuals have been phoned and told that the call is from your bank’s fraud department – they have suggested that people transfer all their money to another account to ‘protect’ it. THIS IS A SCAM. If you get such a call (however plausible it sounds) tell them that you will call your bank independently and hang up. These clever fraudsters have even pretended that they are calling from a number that is the same as your bank. Please be careful – a genuine bank wouldn’t ever make this sort of phone call to you.