Eastminster is the north-western section of the Parish of St George-in-the-East in Tower Hamlets. This area is like much of the City of London, with some residents but a growing number of offices, restaurants and hotels.
As we have spent time praying and listening in Eastminster, our Parish has identified a range of groups leading “parallel lives“: low-waged workers in the hospitality sector (many of whom are migrants from Latin America and Eastern Europe or students at local universities and colleges); construction workers (many of whom are migrants from Eastern Europe); patients, families and workers at nearby healthcare institutions; and “white-collar” City workers.
In recent months, we have begun to explore how we can be more prayerfully present as a Parish in Eastminster to these different groups. In partnership with others, we are developing plans for ministry in the area which works with people to build community, to organise together to challenge injustice, and to create opportunities for Christian worship. We have begun working with the Roman Catholic Church of the English Martyrs to plant a second Open Table in Eastminster.