The Islington and Camden Mission Circuit is one of forty-one circuits in the London District of the Methodist Church. The principal area we serve is the Borough of Islington north of Highbury Corner and the Borough of Camden around Camden Town and Kentish Town.
The circuit is a group of four churches: Archway, Caledonian Road, Camden Town and Islington Central. It is served by a ministry team of Revd Tim Bradshaw and Revd Michael Simpson, assisted by administrator Robert Alderman. The Circuit Office is
located at Archway Methodist Church.
Our mission is: -
To follow Jesus
in worship and the service of others
through the love and power of God;
and together be a Christian presence in our local community.
We seek to carry this out through a fourfold process of: -
Envisioning – Encouraging – Empowering – Engaging.
A Second Chance
We believe that through Jesus, God offers a second chance for people and communities. The Bible speaks of God bringing into being ‘a new creation’, giving purpose and meaning to people’s lives. This belief is reflected in the name of our charity shop at Archway Second Chance.
Established in 1995, Second Chance is a bridge into the neighbourhood and provides a service of making available affordable second hand clothes and goods to some of the poorest members of the local community. Each year about £30,000 is given away to charitable causes, including national and local charities and church projects overseas.
For more information visit the Second Chance page here.
A Safe Place for the Vulnerable
One of our churches participate in cold weather shelter projects, in the winter months opening one night a week to provide food, companionship, advice and a warm bed. Caledonian Road Methodist Church is part of the scheme managed by CARIS Islington.
Caledonian Road also provided accommodation throughout the Christmas and New Year period in association with the Pilion Trust’s ‘Shelter Me’ project for young homeless people. This project was featured on Peter Andre’s ITV2 series ‘Here to Help’. Both shelters give us a welcome opportunity to ‘practice hospitality’ (Romans 12:13).
We also support the Archway Drop-In Centre, a project of the Upper Holloway Fellowship of Churches which meets at Upper Holloway Baptist church and provides food, clothing, advice and companionship to vulnerable members of the community.
We support the principles of Fairtrade and encourage the use of fairly traded products where possible.
We are working towards Fairtrade status by meeting the requirements set out by the Fairtrade Foundation:
- Use Fairtrade tea and coffee for all meetings for which we have responsibility.
- Move forward on using other Fairtrade products (such as sugar, biscuits and fruit)
- Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight - and through other activities whenever possible
For more information on Fairtrade visit www.fairtrade.org.uk
Other Projects and Ministries
Visit the pages of each of our four churches to find out what else we are doing locally.