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Food Bank salutes QMC Harvest effort

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

The donated 161kgs of food and 29kgs of non-food items will provide 322 meals and 29 toiletry parcels to 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

QMC arrives 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.

Change begins with a bicycle

All We Can 2020 Harvest Campaign

This year’s theme for Harvest adopted by All We Can, the operating name of The Methodist Relief and Development Fund, is: ‘Change begins with a bicycle’. For many in the world bicycles are more than a means of transport: they are a way to break the cycle of poverty.

More information about the campaign can be found on the All We Can website. Donations can be made on arrival for Sunday Worship via the card reader/contactless payment machine.

Recognition for ‘Birmingham MWiB has got Talent’

The Summer Meeting of Methodist Women in Britain Birmingham District, planned as a Talent Day at Droitwich Methodist Church, fell victim to the CV-19 pandemic.

Instead a Book of Talents was compiled and this has been celebrated on the Connexional MWiB website where the book featuring the work of members can be viewed.

Online Alpha Course

Blackheath and Halesowen Methodist Circuit are presenting an online Alpha Course providing an opportunity for participants to follow the course in their own space and time. The course commences on 9 October and runs for eleven weeks with an Alpha Weekend on 21 & 22 November. The videos will be available at any time once they have been uploaded. For more details visit the B & H Circuit Alpha Course page.

BCFB 2020 Harvest Campaign

Black Country Food Bank has begun its 2020 Harvest campaign. This is one of the most important times of the year for the Food Bank as the shelves are restocked after the demands of lock-down and the summer holiday period.

Last year the BCFB provided over 260,000 meals to families and individuals in crisis. As the pandemic continues, the next few months are likely to be difficult with increased unemployment and the financial pressures of Christmas and the winter months.

Information about how you can help, donation points and their opening times can be found on the Black Country Food Bank website. If your current situation makes a physical donation of items difficult, financial donations can be made via the website.

Current shortages include: tinned meat (ham, corned beef, etc.) tinned rice pudding, tinned custard, unrefrigerated ready meals, bottles of squash, jam, marmalade, long-life fruit juice, small cartons of breakfast cereal, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo and single pack toothbrushes. Please note that all items must be within use-by date.

For full details of the various items that can be accepted by the Food Bank download the Food Bank List.

Quinton Youth for Christ is ten years old!

Quinton Youth for Christ tenth anniversary logo

Quinton Youth for Christ celebrated its Ten Year Anniversary on Friday, 25th September. If you were unable to join the live stream it is available to view here.

You can find out more about the work, activities and initiatives of Quinton Youth for Christ on the Quinton YFC web pages.

Church Project extended until 2021

As the health crisis has seen the cancellation of many of our events, not least the flagship Quinton Art Festival that was due to take place in May, it has been decided to extend the current Annual Church Project fund-raising period by an extra year until autumn 2021.

In 2019 two organisations were selected to benefit from our activities: Helping Hands of Birmingham, who bring care to the homeless on the streets of Brimingham and MotherShip, a community arts company that seeks to connect communities through culture and creativity.

New Beginning

Jesus said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”

Circuit Minister Rev Nutan Suray considers the words of John 21 : 1‑14 in a reflection which can be found on the Messages, Reflections & Prayers page.

Reflections, messages and prayers for previous Sundays can also be accessed via the page.

Food banks: how you can help

In these difficult times our local food banks are finding that their services are in more demand than ever. At the same time, with our Church operating a strict procedure, the usual method of making donations of groceries and toiletries via the vestibule box is suspended.

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 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 donation of food items please check with the food bank regarding opening times and and their arrangements for physical distancing, etc., when receiving donated items.

Help with online life

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.

Face to Face on Thursday

A series of short online discussions with participants near and far produced during the CV‑19 crisis by fellow Circuit member City Road Methodist Church. These talks introduced by local preacher David Hallam can be accessed via the Face to Face on Thursday page.

Coronavirus Guidance

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 on the Coronavirus page on the Methodist Church UK website.

As the advice from the UK Government changes the guidelines will be updated. Please check regularly for the latest information.

Quarterly Magazine

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: tony.burridge@quintonmethodist.co.uk – to apply to be added to our mailing list.