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Sunday Service to be live‑streamed from Church

The 11am Sunday Service on 29 November will be streamed live from Quinton Methodist Church as permitted by current Government legislation. The service will be led by Carol Griffiths and you can join the service by following this link to the QMC YouTube page.

The accompanying Worship Service Sheet will help you follow the service.

Resumption of congregational worship

As it will be permitted under recent Government announcements and Tier 3 restrictions operating within Dudley Metropolitan Borough we are working towards the resumption of congregational worship at our Church premises on Sunday 6 December. Please monitor this page for further announcements.

It is also proposed that some services be live-streamed in order that those who cannot attend Church may enjoy them at home

Please note that services operate in accordance with Government regulations and thus are subject to certain restrictions and precautions.

Online Offertory now available

Though the Church is now closed it is now possible to donate to QMC online. The portal has been established with Give A Little who supply digital fund-raising solutions to many charities and also provide the contactless payment system used at Church.

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.

District & other online services

Birmingham District

Birmingham District will be broadcasting a live-streamed worship service with the focus on youth at 10.30am via Facebook Live (you do not need to have a Facebook account to view the service) and also on the Birmingham District YouTube channel.

An accompanying worship service sheet will be provided as soon as it is available. Please watch this space.

Download and print the accompanying Streamed Worship Service Sheet to enable you to journey with us as we worship together in our homes around the District.

Wesley’s Chapel, London

Wesley’s Chapel will be live-streaming a service at 11am via their Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission YouTube channel. You will also find a series of Morning Prayers, Communion and Lunchtime Services on the channel.

Other recommended services

Live-streaming services are also provided by Methodist Central Hall, Westminster and Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem. Please check the Calendar page for times.

Worship Again

All services can be enjoyed at a later time via their various YouTube, Facebook and website channels.

Quinton YFC Advent Challenge

Quinton Youth for Christ have launched their Advent Challenge to raise funds to support their work engaging with young people in the local area. A short QYFC  Advent Challenge video describes how you can support the initiative and get involved.

Quinton Youth for Christ Advent Challenge image and link

Online Offertory now available

Though the Church is now closed it is now possible to donate to QMC online. The portal has been established with Give A Little who supply digital fund-raising solutions to many charities and also provide the contactless payment system used at Church.

District online services weekly until Christmas

In response to the current lock-down live-streamed services from Birmingham District returned to a weekly schedule as of Sunday 15 November. As the Christian calendar enters an important period, District have announced that services will continue to bee weekly through Advent until Christmas. This will provide an opportunity to join worship should lock-down be extended or that churches find it difficult to reopen after lock-down ends.

Announcements regarding services will be made on the news page.

Dementia Awareness Service

Sunday 15 November was to have been the day we held our Dementia Awareness Service. Although this could not be held in Church it is still possible to follow the service, which features links to the hymns on YouTube, and reflect on the content at home using the prepared service sheet.

Information for supporting those suffering from dementia is provided by the Alzheimer’s Society and, although primarily inteded for residents in the borough, useful information can also be found Dudley MBC’s Dementia Gateway page.

We will remember them

Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day were a little different this year and, in common with many charities, The Royal British Legion’s collection opportunities have been limited with shops and other places where we tradtionally bought our poppies closed or operating under restrictions.

However, it is still possible to show your support by visiting The Royal British Legion website.

Remembrance Service marks QMC’s live-streaming debut

The Remembrance Service on Sunday 8 November was the first to be streamed live from the Church as is permitted by current Government legislation. The forty minute service was led by Rev Brian Taylor and included observance of the silence at 11am. It is estimated that around a hundred viewers joined the service.

The worship service sheet which includes links to hymns on YouTube is available here.

Pastoral Message from The President of the Conference

Revd Richard Teal, President of the Conference, the has written a pastoral message to all Methodists following the announcement of a second national lockdown in England. Read Rev Teal’s message.

Suspension of all activities

We regret to announce that in line with recent Government announcements all worship and activities at our Church premises are suspended until further notice. Please monitor this page for information and announcements as the situation develops. Announcements are also made on our facebook page and twitter feed.

Pastoral Letter

October’s pastoral letter from Rev Mucharutya Chisvo, Superintendent Minister Birmingham (West) & Oldbury Circuit, is available to be read on the Messages, Reflections & Prayers 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.

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

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.

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.

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.