God created us to be together. Our relationships aren’t an afterthought – they are at the heart of what we have been created to be. Having to live “at a distance” is one of the many challenges of Coronavirus. Fortunately, God also created us with minds that are able to find solutions to whatever obstacles lie in our path.

This web page provides information on how people can be together without being in the same place and of the opportunities to meet with one another as the lock down eases. We hope that this will bless people that are part of THCC, but also the wider community that we are privileged to be a part of.

Friday night Prayer and Share

Government guidelines now permit us to begin meeting together. The precautions that we are required to take are such that we don’t yet feel it’s appropriate to meet on a Sunday morning. However, we believe that meeting together is a core part of the Christian faith. To that end, we have begun meeting at Lansbury Lodge at 8 pm on Friday night for a Prayer and Share meeting.

If you would like to come to this meeting, please book on ChurchSuite before arriving. Provided that we have your email or mobile phone details, we will contact you by email or WhatsApp with further information. If we don’t have your details, please use the contact form to provide them.

We want to do all that we reasonably can to protect one another and to protect the community that we are part of. You will be provided with information on this once you book. If you would like to see the full details of what we are putting in place, please take a look at the risk assessment.

We will provide a Zoom link for those that would like to be part of the Prayer and Share meeting, but would prefer to take part from home. Provided that we have your details, information will be sent by email or WhatsApp.

Would you like help?

If you need help, please email church@thcc.org.uk or phone 020 7515 7471. Please don’t think that you have to be part of the church for us to help you. It is our heart to serve our community and as best we can, we will continue to do so.

Would you like to help?

If we identify needs that others aren’t currently providing for, THCC will organize activities to provide help. If so, we will do so in coordination with other organisations in Tower Hamlets and we will provide further information here.

For now, we are encouraging people to join with initiatives that are already underway and are providing information here that we hope will be helpful.

Please first consider how you can help people that are known to you. The more support we provide to those we know, the less likely they will need to turn to the authorities and volunteer groups for help. This will free up those organisations to help those that don’t have such support.

Tower Hamlets Local Authority is likely to play a key role in delivering help to those in need. Please look at their Community Support web page for updates on what they are doing and how you can help.

This list of local support provides information on other opportunities for you to help in your area.

Nationally, the NHS has called for a volunteer army, which you could be part of.

Live life with others

You’re very welcome to join us during our online service. We’ve worked hard to make this an event where people can feel part of a community. We’re excited that we’ve been joined by people from around the world. However, because this is a larger event it’s not practical for everyone to contribute directly (but do check out the tables afterwards).

If you’re looking to go deeper in your relationships with others, and to be involved in a smaller group where it is more practical for everyone to participate, then Life Groups are the place to be. These are small groups that usually meet in people’s homes. They study the Bible together, share their hearts and lives and look out for one another. At this time, most of them are running weekly Zoom meetings. While talking to pictures on a screen is quite an adjustment, people are finding ways to make it work.

If you are part of THCC and not part of a Life Group, please do think about joining. It is the best way that you can be cared for and that you can care for others. If you’re not part of another church and are interested in joining a Life Group at this time, please email church@thcc.org.uk or phone 020 7515 7120.

Join us on Sunday

Until we are able to meet together again in the same place, we will be meeting together online at 10:30 each Sunday morning. To join us, please go to THCC Sunday.

If you miss the service for any reason, you can always catch up by going to the THCC channel.

If you have problems with the link to the service

To enable Live Chat, we have marked the stream as not being made for children. This may result in it being blocked in some circumstances, e.g. if you are using the YouTube app and have set it to restricted mode. You can check this by clicking on your Avatar (your picture or initial) and selecting Settings and then General. From here you can disable Restricted Mode, but remember to set this back after the service.

Join us after the Sunday service

After the Sunday service you are invited to join us at one of a number of “tables” to talk about the service, the pleasures of the British weather, the joys of having your children at home all day every day, or whatever might be on your heart.

The tables will open 10 minutes after the service finishes and will be available for 40 minutes. Please click on one at random (you will be asked to download Zoom if you haven’t used it before). Feel free to jump from table to table if you would like.

If you would like prayer, please go to the prayer table. If you are a visitor, you are welcome at any table but may like to start at the visitor’s table.

Red table

Purple table

Green table

Yellow table

Prayer table *

Visitors table

*If someone is already being prayed for, you will be placed in a waiting room until someone is available to pray with you privately.

You may find you have a better experience if you have a Zoom account. To create an account, go to https://zoom.us/signup. Use a free account – if you are asked to enter payment details you should stop. Although it will ask for your work address, you should enter your personal email.

If you have any difficulties with getting started with Zoom, please email church@thcc.org.uk. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will be able to help you on Sunday, but we will aim to contact you in the week and ensure you are set up for the following Sunday.

What is the best way to contact THCC?

Like many people, we are working from home. To be sure to reach us, please contact us in one these two ways:

Call the office phone number (020 7515 7471) and leave a message. We can listen to our messages remotely and will aim to do so every day or two.

Email church@thcc.org.uk. A number of people are checking emails sent to this address and will ensure that the right person picks up your email and responds to it.