Certificate of Appreciation from Black Country Food Bank
Donations by the congregation of Quinton Methodist Church to Black Country Food Bank during May 2022 totalled almost 77kg.
The 66.1kg of food items was enough to provide 34 meals for those facing hardship in our area whilst equally vital non-food items such as toiletries amounted to 10.6kg.
Follow the link to find out more and how you can help Black Country Food Bank.
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.
Council Tax Rebate scam
The Government announcement of a £150 council tax rebate to alleviate the greatly increased cost of gas and electricity has precipitated scams where criminals, on the pretext of providing the rebate, are posing as council officials and asking for bank details, etc.
It is important to remember that no reputable organisation or company will make unsolicited contact asking for bank details or other sensitive information.
Another current scam is the ‘missed delivery’ scam. There is more information about delivery scams on the Royal Mail website.
Coronvirus scams continue. One typical example claims that you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive and invites you visit a website to arrange a PCR test.
And of course the perennial ‘problem with your broadband’ and ‘your router as been hacked’ and similar extortion scams continue.
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.
Dudley Metropolitan Borough have compiled a list of popular scams along with links to useful information on their Scams web page.
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.
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!
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 urgent 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.
Rev Ilidio C. de Oliveira Jr’s pastoral letter is now available for you to read on our Reflections page.
A selection of recent news items concerning Quinton Methodist Church can be read on our News Archive pages.
It is now 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.