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A reflection for Sunday 13 June

Rev Neil Johnson, Deputy Chair of Birmingham District, has prepared a short reflection along with a District news update which is available to view via YouTube.


Scams Awareness Fortnight

This annual event runs between 14 and 27 June and is an initiative of Citizens Advice and the Consumer Protection Partnership whose partners include Trading Standards service and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Plenty of useful information about protecting yourself can be found on the Citizens Advice Scams Awareness Fortnight pages.

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.

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. General information and useful links can be found on our Avoiding Scams page.

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


Peace Garden hosts first event

With Breakfast Church on 30 May the Peace Garden has held its first event. The Garden is the brainchild of congregation member Sharon, who is also active in Girls’ Brigade, and has been established with sponsorship from local estate agents Scriven & Co.

Development of the Garden is ongoing with bird boxes and feeders, a bug hotel and wildflower and wildlife areas being considered for inclusion. As well as a place for reflection, it is intended that Garden be used for small meetings during fine weather.

The Halesowen News has written about the inspiration for the Garden in its 2 June QMC Peace Garden article.

Photograph of Quinton Methodist Church Peace Garden


Food banks: help still required

Although life in general is improving steadily, please remember that many face continuing difficulties as a result of the pandemic 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. Details of items they accept, and current shortages, can be found on their websites.

It is now possible to receive items at Church. Please ask a steward for directions so that donations can be processed appropriately given the current restrictions that apply when attending worship.

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.


Online offertory

As restrictions remain and it is 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.


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.


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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