Online Services for Sunday 31 May
Birmingham District will be broadcasting a live-streamed worship service at 10:30am via Facebook Live. Please note that you do not need to have a Facebook account to view the service.
Should you prefer, the service will also be available on the District’s recently established YouTube channel.
Download and print the accompanying Streamed Worship Service Sheet to enable you to journey with us as we worship together in our homes around the District.
Should you find that watching a live stream causes your computer or device to stop or stutter you may consider viewing the service at another time when traffic to and from the server is likely to be lighter.
Wesley’s Chapel, London
Wesley’s Chapel will be live-streaming a service at 11am via their Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission YouTube channel. This service is possible because the Minister lives on the premises. You will also find a series of Morning Prayers, Communion, Lunchtime Services and previous Sunday Services on the channel.
Other live online services
Live-streaming services are also provided by Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem, and Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Further details and links can be found on the Calendar page. These services can also be enjoyed at a later time via their various YouTube and Facebook channels.
Worship at Home Resources
Worship at Home Sheet for 31 May
The Methodist Church have produced a short act of worship to enable you to worship at home. There are live links in the PDF document to short performances on YouTube. There is also a large print version of the service.
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Download this handy guide for using email safely and securely by Get Safe Online to help you spot online fraudsters’ tactics and keep alert to these threats.
More information about avoiding online scams and fraud can be found on the Get Safe Online website.
Latest Face to Face on Thursday with Professor Frances Young
In the latest online talk produced by fellow Circuit member City Road Methodist Church, Professor Frances Young discusses with David Hallam the challenge that the CV-19 pandemic poses to all, including people of faith. The discussion is available to view via YouTube.
City Road Short Service
Fellow Circuit members City Road Methodist Church assembled a short service for Sunday 24 May which you can enjoy via YouTube.
A reflection for Sunday 24 May
Rev Ajay Singh has prepared a reflection for Ascension Day and Aldersgate Sunday based on John 17 1‑11 which can be found on the Messages, Reflections & Prayers page.
Reflections and prayers previous Sundays and for Easter can also be found via the page. Ajay will be adding reflections and prayers as we journey through the current health crisis.
Methodist Podcast interview with Rev Ajay Singh
The Methodist Podcast is a series of weekly podcasts considering the life of the Methodist Church in Britain.
Episode 17 of 14 May features a short interview with our minister Rev Ajay Singh about pastoral support. The podcast also features items about poverty and the surge in use of foodbanks, creative arts and mental health.
You will also find previous podcasts on this page.
Latest Guidance from Methodist Conference
To read the latest statement of 12 May from Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference, and other recent updates please follow this link.
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.
Face to Face on Thursday from City Road
A series of short online discussions with participants near and far produced by fellow Circuit member City Road Methodist Church.
This edition considers the difficulties mourning families and friends face under the current lock-down. This short discussion between Rev Ajay Singh and David Hallam is available to view via YouTube.
City Road have also produced a short update on the situation of Birmingham’s rough sleepers under lock-down which can be viewed via YouTube.
Help for local food banks
In these difficult times our local food banks are finding that their services are in more demand than ever. At the same time our Church is closed, and with it our usual method of making donations of groceries and toiletries via the vestibule box.
Being on the borders of Halesowen, Oldbury and Birmingham there are two food banks serving our catchment area: Oldbury & Quinton Food Bank and Black Country Food Bank. Although it is still possible to physically donate items to the food banks they also have a means of receiving monetary donations via their websites.
Find out more about how you can help Quinton & Oldbury Food Bank.
Find out more about how you can help Black Country Food Bank.
Please note: If you are planning to make a physical donation of food items please check with the food bank regarding opening times and that you are able to make your delivery as part of your daily exercise walk.
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: email@example.com
Christian Aid Week 10‑16 May
Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. This year’s campaign has moved online to build a vibrant, virtual Christian Aid Week so you can take part as an online community. You can show love for your neighbours near and far by making a donation via the Christian Aid UK website.
Suspension of all activities
It is with deep sadness that, following recent Government statements and in accordance with Methodist Church national guidelines issued on 17 March 2020, a decision has been made to suspend all Quinton Methodist Church worship and social activities until further notice. The suspension includes all Church-based activities and also applies to organisations and those who hire facilities within our Church premises.
Following the Government announcement of 23 March 2020, and in addition to the suspension of regular Sunday Services already announced, baptisms and weddings are not permitted until further notice. Whilst funerals may take place the Church advise that the number of people attending should be limited as per the Government's advice. If you have any questions regarding funerals, or baptisms or weddings that now must be postponed, please contact the Minister Rev Ajay Singh - manual input: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Methodist Church UK has issued guidance regarding COVID-19 in order to reduce risks and recommend practical precautions to prevent the spread of infection.
This important information can be accessed by following this link to the Coronavirus page on The Methodist Church UK website.
In the event that advice from the UK government changes the guidelines will be updated. Please check regularly for the latest information.
If you would like to receive our quarterly magazine in PDF form via email – perhaps you were once a member of Quinton Methodist Church and have moved away or would simply like to help us to cut down our paper usage – please contact the Magazine Subscription Coordinator – manual input: email@example.com – to apply to be added to our mailing list.