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Coronavirus Pandemic:
Help and useful information

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Enhanced Pastoral Care Arrangements

As the current health emergency limits social contact all pastoral visits have been replaced by regular telephone contact.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.

To access Pastoral Services please contact the Pastoral Care Coordinator – manual input: pastoral@quintonmethodist.co.uk

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Help for those self‑isolating

If you, or someone you know, needs a hand with collecting shopping or prescriptions, or just wants someone to talk to, NHS Volunteer Responders are able to help.

Help is available for those who have a medical condition which makes them vulnerable to COVID‑19, especially if aged over 70. Those who are pregnant or have a disability also qualify.

More information can be found on this leaflet, or by visiting the NHS Volunteer Responders website.

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Taking care of yourself and those around you

The Methodist Church UK has some tips for coping during this difficult time which can be found on the Methodist Church Coronavirus Blog.

Coping with anxiety and depression

The isolation, uncertainty and fear caused by the pandemic and the social restrictions that it has been necessary to impose is taking its toll on the mental health of many.

The mental health charity Mind has much useful information on its Mind UK website.

Useful information for dealing with anxiety can be found on the Anxiety UK website.

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Local Food Banks

The impact of the pandemic on the economy of the country is resulting in many families living on vastly reduced incomes or having to cope with unemployment.

There are two food banks that operate within the Quinton Methodist Church catchment area that are able to offer help to those facing a food crisis:

Quinton & Oldbury Food Bank for those who live in the B32 and B68 post codes.

Black Country Food Bank for those who live in the B62 and B63 post codes and the Black Country in general.

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Guidelines for those attending worship during the pandemic

The safety of those attending worship at Quinton Methodist Church is our top priority and it is essential that the new guidelines are followed strictly. Our Reopening of QMC for Worship document provides full details and can be either downloaded or read on screen.

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