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District online service available

The online worship service broadcast on Sunday 7 March is available to view via the Birmingham District YouTube channel.

An accompanying Worship Service Sheet is available as an aid to following the service.

Next Sunday’s online service will be a Quinton production commencing at 11am led by Rev Prof Frances Young.

The next online District Service will be on Sunday 14 March at 10.30am.

Pandemic and vaccine scams

Updated information

Be aware that criminals are continuing to operate a number of pandemic scams and particularly in relation to receiving the CV-19 vaccine.

Birmingham District and Quinton Methodist Church have become aware of this and have issued this important advice notice.

The coronavirus vaccine, which is being rolled out across the country by the NHS, is completely free of charge. No one will be asked to pay for the vaccine or share their bank details. Information about the vaccine and its distribution can be found on the Black Country & West Birmingham NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service site.

More information and useful links regarding scams in general can be found on the Avoiding Scams page.

Food banks: how you can help

In these difficult times our local food banks are finding that their services are in more demand than ever. Two food banks serve our catchment area: Quinton & Oldbury Food Bank and Black Country Food Bank. Although items cannot be accepted at Church, depending on prevailing regulations it may be possible to physically donate items directly: please check first with the food bank regarding arrangements. However, the food banks also have a means of receiving monetary donations via their websites.

Raise funds for QMC as you shop

Quinton Methodist Church has teamed up with Give as you Live Online who provide a free and easy way to raise funds for charities simply by shopping online.

It costs nothing to join and there are over 4,000 stores taking part in the scheme, including well-known names such as M&S, Boots, Argos, B&Q and Sky. After signing up it’s just a matter of visiting the Give as you Live page and selecting the store where you wish to shop. You are then sent to the store’s website where you shop in the normal way. In this way any purchases you make will automatically generate funds for the Church.

To join the scheme visit the dedicated Give as you Live QMC page.

You will find more information about how the scheme works on the Offertory page and also on the Give as you Live website.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day was held on 9 February. With an ever-increasing number of online scams and abuses Dudley MBC’s Community Safety Partnership has provided some useful advice on their Online Safety page. Although some information is specifically for Dudley residents there is much general information and many useful links with regard to keeping safe online.

QMC on Instagram

In addition to our Facebook and Twitter feeds Quinton Methodist Church now has an account with photo and video sharing social networking service Instagram. The Instagram app allows users to upload media which can be shared publicly or with pre-approved followers and can be accessed via the QMC Instagram page.

Help with life during the pandemic

Information about pastoral care arrangements, taking care of yourself and those around you and for those self-isolating can be accessed via the Help during the Pandemic page.

The coronavirus crisis has seen a large shift to online life from shopping to maintaining social contact with friends. Information for getting started on Facebook plus general advice and resources for spotting and avoiding bogus emails and scams and staying safe online can be found on Help with Online Life page.