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This Summer at QMC

June and July sees a series of special events and services at Quinton Methodist Church including a Community Picnic to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and a special Eco Church Service highlighting our Peace Garden and wildflower initiatives.

Please come and join us – all are welcome. Download our Summer at Quinton PDF for more information.

Ukraine Emergency Appeal

All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain are operating an emergency appeal in response to events in Ukraine.

As communities face violence, upheaval and the trauma of war your support is needed. Working together with the Global Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain, donations are used to ensure that critical humanitarian assistance is available to those who need it.

Details of how you can give, including making donations by telephone and cheque as well as online, can be found on the All We Can website.

Food banks: help required

Please remember that many face difficulties as a result of the pandemic and sharp increases in energy costs and that our local food banks are finding their services are in great demand.

Two food banks serve our catchment area: Black Country Food Bank and Quinton & Oldbury Food Bank. Details of items they accept – non-perishable items are preferred – can be found on their websites. Monetary donations may also be made via their websites.

Donations of the following are particularly welcome at the moment: Long life milk and fruit juices in 1L cartons; cans of meat, vegetable ready meals and fruit in juice; desserts in cans or cartons; jam and marmalade; washing up liquid, toilet rolls, shampoo and soap.

When donating items at Church please ask a steward for directions in order that donations may be processed appropriately.

Some supermarkets have donation points. It is also possible to donate items directly though it is advisable to check first with the food bank regarding arrangements.

Easter Greetings!

Photograph of Easter Cross decorated with flowers

On Easter Day our Easter Cross, decorated with flowers from members of our congregation, was placed outside of the Church for the local community to enjoy.

Minister’s Letter

Rev Ilidio C. de Oliveira Jr’s pastoral letter is now available for you to read on our Reflections page.

A Place of Welcome

Tuesdays at 10.30am

Our Church is one of the growing number of organisations and initiatives that belong to Place of Welcome network of hospitality. Join us on a Tuesday morning at 10.30am for coffee or tea, fellowship and a warm welcome!

Easing of CV-19 restrictions

Following the relaxation of Government restrictions a new set of Guidelines for attending Church has been issued. This short PDF document provides information about the new procedures and what to expect when attending worship. Additional information can be found on the Attending Worship page.

Black Country Food Bank salutes QMC’s Christmas donation

The Black Country Food Bank has recognised Quinton Methodist Church’s Christmas donation with a Certificate of Appreciation and Thanks.

The donated items will provide 268 meals and 2 toiletry parcels for local people in need during these difficult times.

Find out more about the Black Country Food Bank and how you can help here.

Black Country Food Bank Certificate of Appreciation and Thanks

Be aware of scams

Scammers employ many means to ensnare their victims including email, text message and telephone, and are able to build authentic looking yet bogus websites; thus it is important to remain vigilant.

As the number of scams continues to grow, plenty of useful information about protecting yourself can be found on the Citizens Advice Scams pages. Useful information and links can also be found on our Avoiding Scams page.

Some current scams

In addition to the Covid vaccination scams, some scams currently doing the rounds include National Insurance and missed delivery scams.

There is more information about the missed delivery scam on the Royal Mail website.

The National Insurance scam could result in identity theft. More information here.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough have compiled a list of popular scams along with links to useful information on their Scams web page.

Pandemic and vaccine scams

Updated information

Be aware that criminals are continuing to operate a number of pandemic scams. Typically these concern receiving the CV-19 vaccine and pleas for money for some urgent situation. Also, the usual scams where criminals pretend to represent banks, businesses, services, official or government organisations, etc., or require assistance in the transfer of money, or claim that a computer or some other device has been compromised in some way are continuing, and that these activities are broadening as criminals become increasingly ingenious in their methods.

Please be alert and keep in mind that criminals are able cover up the true origin of their messages with false telephone numbers and are able to make emails appear to originate from a friend, reputable person or organisation in a convincing manner.

Birmingham District and Quinton Methodist Church have become aware of the vaccine scam 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.

Online offertory

As it remains difficult for some to attend Church, it is possible to contribute to QMC using the online offertory. The portal is operated by Give A Little who provide the contactless payment system used in Church.

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.

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.

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