Our Church in the Community
At Quinton Methodist Church we consider ourselves A Church without Walls. This sees us doing Christ’s work within the immediate local community, in the wider Birmingham and Black Country area, and in partnership with national and international organisations.
A variety of events enable us to connect with the local community and raise funds for numerous charitable initiatives and our Annual Church Project. Probably the most well-known is the Quinton Arts Festival, which, with large displays of paintings and crafts, has become the leading event of its kind in the area. In addition, a programme of coffee concerts, musical recitals, table-top sales and seasonal fairs augment fund-raising and our work in the community.
Annual Church Project
Each year a charitable cause is selected as our Church Project to be a focus for support during the twelve months that follow. This alternates between home-based charities and initiatives overseas. The proceeds from dedicated events plus a general fund-raising effort invariably realise a substantial donation at the end of the Project year.
Recent ‘home’ Projects have included Up & Downs which supports local children with Downs Syndrome and their families; Living Springs which provides care and support to vulnerable children and families; Loaves ‘N’ Fishes who relieve poverty in the Black Country through practical action, and The Haven Community Project in Quinton.
Our overseas Projects have included David Livingstone International which supports orphans and underprivileged children in Africa and Asia, The Kenyan Children’s Project, Amala Children’s Home in southern India, the Ifakara Bakery project in Tanzania and the Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network which helps disavantaged young people in Uganda.
Since its establishment the Annual Church Project has raised over £250,000 benefitting more than twenty charities and community interest organisations.
In 2019 two organisations were selected to benefit from our activities: Helping Hands of Birmingham, who bring care to the homeless on the streets of Brimingham and MotherShip, a community arts company that seeks to connect communities through culture and creativity. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the usual fund-raising period has been extended for an extra year into 2021.
Supporting other organisations
We engage in regular and ongoing activities to support Christian Aid, Action for Children, MHA and other organisations working locally, nationally and internationally. The Black Country Food Bank is actively supported with donations of non-perishable foodstuffs and other basic items and we also respond to emergency relief and crisis appeals as and when these arise. Information about some of the many organisations we support can be found on the Links page.
Reaching out to the homeless
On most Sunday afternoons a team of people from Quinton Methodist Church visit the homeless in Birmingham city centre. Taking hot drinks, snacks and clothing, the team follows a specific route which has enabled them to establish relationships and perform informal welfare checks.
The Love of Christ is expressed through care for each other in the wider community.
Pastoral Visitors keep in touch with all who are connected with our Church, both members or adherants, through regular personal contact and distribution of the quarterly Church magazine.
Pastoral Visits are especially valuable for those who are unable or find it difficult to get to Church and ensure a continuing link. Information about support that is available through the Church is provided to those experiencing difficult times.
Ministers are kept informed of changes in circumstances and of those who might benefit from ministerial support and guidance. Ministers are also able to provide Holy Communion to those unable to come to Church.
Our Flower Ministry provides additional pastoral contact by taking flowers to those in poor health or suffering other difficulties. Prayer Blankets help bring comfort and carry the prayers of the Church, and the Prayer List provides a focus for congregational prayers.
Changes to Pastoral Care
As the current health emergency limits social contact all pastoral visits have been replaced by regular telephone contact. Calls are made at least once a week to the isolated, vulnerable and less self-sufficient, and fortnightly to others. Fellowship groups have also been initiated to enable members of our congregation to feel less isolated.
Practical support for isolated and vulnerable members of our congregation, ranging from regular phone contact to fetching shopping and walking dogs, etc., is being provided by Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade members based at Quinton Methodist Church.
Boys’ Brigade is providing this service across the entire QMC catchment area whilst Girls’ Brigade is able to cover those who live in the B62 and B63 postcodes.
These services conform with prevailing Government guidelines which, as the emergency evolves, may be subject to change.
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