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Black Country Food Bank salutes QMC’s Christmas donation

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

The donated items will provide 268 meals and 2 toiletry parcels for 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

Carols by Candlelight heralds Christmas celebrations

Photograph of candles and Christmas tree in the worship area

Christmas celebrations got off to a flying start on the evening of Sunday 19 December with our traditional atmospheric Candlelight Carol service. It was pleasing that at this difficult time we were able to hold the service with a good congregation in attendance.

New guidelines for attending Church

Following the Government announcements of 7 December 2021 and resultant changes to the law please note that unless exempt the wearing of a face covering in Church is mandatory.

A revised set of Guidelines for attending Church has been issued by the Leadership Team effective from 10 December 2021 which provide information about procedures when coming to Church.

Additional information can be found on the Attending Worship page.

A welcome return for the Christmas Craft Fair

Photograph of craft fair stalls in the church hall

After a twenty month hiatus due to CV-19, Quinton Methodist Church was delighted on Saturday 20 November to at last be able to host one of its noted regular events.

The Christmas Craft Fair featured a variety of stalls displaying the skills and talents of local craftspeople and did brisk business with the main activity taking place in the Church hall.

Refreshments were served in the parlour and raised £430 for our Church Project which supports charities and initiatives both at home and overseas on an annual basis.

A fond farewell to Beginagen

Photograph of volunteers and workers of the Begin Again project

It was with much sadness that in September 2020 it was decided that the Beginagen Community Project should close its doors following the retirement of Community Worker Ann-Marie.

The Project originally ran from a shop on Cape Hill, Smethwick; however, when in 2008 the shop was relinquished the Project continued as a debt counselling and advice centre initially at Sandon Road Methodist Church and latterly at City Road Methodist Church.

A farewell lunch, much delayed by the CV-19 pandemic restrictions, was held on Tuesday 12th October 2021 to celebrate the life of the Project. The volunteers and ex-employees were delighted that Rev Dr Paul Beetham, Minister of Quinton Methodist Church from 2008 to 2019 (pictured centre) was able to make a considerable journey to be present having chaired the Management Committee for twelve years.

We will remember them

Photograph of poppy display in the Peace Garden

To commemorate 11 November and Remembrance Sunday which fell on 14 November, 59th Birmingham Boys’ Brigade based at Quinton Methodist Church assembled a poppy display in our recently established Peace Garden.

Harvest Service donation to Black Country Food Bank

Donations of produce and toiletries, etc., brought to Church by members of our congregation for the Harvest Service on 10 October were gratefully received during the following week by the Black Country Food Bank.

Quinton Methodist Church supports our local food banks throughout the year. Items of non-perishable foodstuffs and toiletries can be received at our services and social events. Please ask a steward for directions so that donations can be processed appropriately given the current CV-19 restrictions.

Photograph of food bank van at main doors of Church

Photograph of crates of produce in the back of the van

Online offertory

As it remains 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.

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.

Food banks: help still required

Although day to day life has seen much improvement, 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.

Farewell Ajay

Sunday 18 July saw Rev Ajay Singh’s last Morning Worship with us as he now departs for his new stationing in London. That same day Quinton Methodist Church was also privileged to host an afternoon Farewell Service for Ajay on behalf of Birmingham (West) & Oldbury Circuit. You can read our message of farewell on the Our Minister page.

Photograph of Reverend Ajay Singh with leaving gift and  flowers.

Peace Rose for Hal

On Sunday 11 July more than thirty members of the congregation joined with Rita for a commemoration ceremony for Hal. Led by Brian, the ceremony culminated with the planting of a Peace Rose in memory of Hal.

During the Family Creative/Action for Children Service led by Tiras and the Brigades that followed, thank you message leaves were designed and then placed on the camellia bush that commemorates Mrs Barton.

Photograph of Quinton Methodist Church Peace Garden

Be aware of scams

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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