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Minister's Monthly Message


Resurrection and Renewal: Embracing the melodies of life during this Easter.




It’s a new Dawn of renewed hope as we declare: Christ is Risen!…He is Risen indeed.


 As I reflect on the intricacies of my journey, embodying moments of both grace and frailty, I am reminded of the richness and complexity inherent in our human experience. In the tapestry of my life, I have embraced joy and sorrow, pride and embarrassment, authenticity and facades, truth, and falsehood. I have traversed the spectrum from openness and receptivity to closure and rigidity, from integrity to moments of compromise at the slightest provocation. Amidst these dualities, there is a verse from the hymn "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing" that resonates deeply with me:


"Jesus! the name that charms our fears,

That bids our sorrows cease;

'Tis music in the sinner's ears,

'Tis life and health and peace."


These words encapsulate the power and significance of the name of Jesus, offering solace and comfort during our complexities. They remind me that in the face of fear and uncertainty, there is a name that brings calm and dispels sorrow. The name of Jesus is like music to the ears of those who seek forgiveness and redemption, bringing life, health, and peace to those who believe.

In the light of Easter's triumph and the anticipation of Pentecost's joy, this verse reminds me of the profound unity that binds us all as we journey through life's mysteries. Just as the readings on the cross and Pentecost illuminate the transformative power of sacrifice and renewal, my own narrative echoes these profound themes of struggle and redemption, growth, and celebration. In the shadow of the cross, where suffering and grace converge, I find comfort in the universal truth of resilience and rebirth. The joy of Pentecost, with its promise of spiritual awakening and divine presence, ignites a flame of hope within my heart, guiding me through the ebbs and flows of existence.


As much as I may struggle with self-acceptance at times, recognizing these dualities within me is an essential part of embracing the fullness of my humanity. In acknowledging these contradictions and intricacies within us, we illuminate our shared experience of the human condition, fostering compassion, understanding, and a deeper connection with one another. As we gather around the sacred texts that speak of sacrifice and revival, may we find strength in the shared narratives of faith and renewal, seeking forgiveness, extending grace, and embracing the richness of our diverse experiences.


In the light of our united struggle to find resources – both human and financial, to keep the gospel and mission of our faith going; it is important that we draw even closer as a circuit – celebrating and honouring those individual attributes of our congregations, whilst maintaining our place in the wider body that is the circuit.  It was a delight to share in our united lent studies and look forward to our upcoming Easter-Pentecost study based on the book of Acts of the Apostles.  It is this community of disciples where they were united in prayer and fellowship, sharing in all things that we draw inspiration and encouragement.  Many in our circuit have expressed how wonderful it is to belong to the different groups such as our circuit fellowship of safeguarding officers or the Youth leaders’ groups as these give a place to share experience and expertise.  Joining in circuit study or services reminds us that we are not alone and it rekindles the fire of Christ’s resurrection glory, so please may I urge us all to join our circuit mission and move forward in faith – together.

Blessed Easter wishes,

Revd Mmasape Thatane Tyolweni

Barking, Dagenham and Ilford Circuit

We are a friendly family of nine churches and one community centre: Barking, Ilford, Goodmayes, Gantshill, Barkingside, The Drive, Seven Kings, Beacontree Heath and Old Dagenham Methodist Churches and Grange Hill Methodist Church Project. We serve communities across Barking, Dagenham and Ilford with membership that spans all ages. Our members come from many different countries and backgrounds and we aim to help everyone feel at home. We are part of the wider Methodist Church in Britain and belong to London District of the Methodist Church. The Circuit oversees, supports and resources local churches in living out our mission and calling. Our Circuit office is located at Beacontree Heath Methodist Church. Methodist Circuits are also grouped into Districts, and this Circuit comes under the London District (headquarters in Westminster).

Our Vision

To be welcoming congregations where all (young, families and elderly) grow in the knowledge, love and service of Christ; speaking and living out a unified vision of God’s kingdom within the BDI Circuit in line with “our calling” in the Methodist Church. 

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Our Mission

To seek to enable its local churches to respond to the Gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. The Circuit endeavours to realise this policy through managing its resources effectively, stimulating vision and encouraging mission initiatives. 

Growth in our Spiritual life through


Pastoral Care


Youth Work


Community Outreach

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Our Priorities

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