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Food banks: help still required

Although life in general is improving steadily, please remember that many face continuing difficulties through no fault of their own and that our local food banks are finding their services are in great demand.

Two food banks serve our catchment area: Quinton & Oldbury Food Bank and Black Country Food Bank. As regulations ease we hope resume receiving items at Church; however, some supermarkets have donation points and it may be possible to physically donate items directly: please check first with the food bank regarding arrangements. Both food banks also have a means of receiving monetary donations via their websites.

Peace Garden

With Spring underway our newly established Peace Garden is developing steadily. Under consideration for inclusion are bird boxes and feeders, a bug hotel, and wildflower and wildlife areas. As well as a place for reflection, the garden will be ideal for small meetings during fine weather.

Photograph of Quinton Methodist Church Peace Garden

Crisis in India: Circuit Appeal

Birmingham West & Oldbury Circuit has commenced a fund-raising initiative to help combat the shortage of equipment necessary to treat CV-19 victims in India.

It is preferable that donations are made directly via the British Red Cross website as this will limit the handling of cash or cheques at Church and speed the aid to where it is needed. However, those members who prefer to donate through Quinton Methodist Church should place their donations in an envelope marked ‘India’. Donations through Church should be received by 31 May.

As well as a financial contribution please remember the people of India in your prayers and especially our minister Rev Ajay Singh and his family who have been badly affected at this time.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May with this year’s theme being the healing property of nature. This is especially appropriate given the difficult time many have endured over the past year which has seen the natural world become a place of comfort and solace.

As part of the Awareness Week a prayer wall has been erected in the Peace Garden outside the Church building. Prayers can be added to the wall which will remain in place throughout May.

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week takes place from 10 to 16 May. Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. Due to the ongoing health crisis the 2021 campaign is online. You can show love for your neighbours near and far by making a donation via the Christian Aid UK website.

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 attending Church may be difficult for some in these restricted circumstances it still 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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