A Short Service from City Road

Fellow Circuit members City Road Methodist Church have assembled a fifteen minute service for Sunday 5 July.

A Reflection for Sunday 5 July

Rev Ajay Singh has prepared a reflection based on Matthew 11 : 25‑30 for Sunday 5 July and which can be found on the Messages, Reflections & Prayers page.

Reflections and prayers for previous Sundays can also be found via the page and Ajay will be adding to these as we journey through the health crisis.

Online Services for Sunday 5 July

Birmingham District

Birmingham District will be broadcasting a live-streamed worship service at 10.30am via Facebook Live. Please note that you do not need to have a Facebook account to view the service.

Should you prefer, the service will also be available on the District’s recently established YouTube channel.

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.

Live-streaming issues

Should you find that watching a live stream causes your computer or device to stop or stutter you may consider viewing the service at another time when traffic to and from the server is likely to be lighter.

Wesley’s Chapel, London

Wesley’s Chapel will be live-streaming a service at 11am and an evening reflective service at 7pm via their Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission YouTube channel. These services are possible because the Minister lives on the premises. You will also find a series of Morning Prayers, Communion, Lunchtime Services on the channel.

Other live online services

Live-streaming services are also provided by Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem, and Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Further details and links can be found on the Calendar page. These services can also be enjoyed at a later time via their various YouTube and Facebook channels.

Worship at Home Resources

Worship at Home Sheet for 5 July

The Methodist Church have produced a short act of worship to enable you to worship at home. There are live links in the PDF document to short performances on YouTube. There is also a large print version of the service.

Face to Face on Thursday:
The Bible and a meat free diet

Drs Miriam and Philip Sampson, speakers and writers for the organisation Christian Vegetarians & Vegans UK, believe that the Bible urges Christians and others to have a meat free diet. They explain why to David Hallam in the latest Face to Face discussion produced by fellow Circuit member City Road Methodist Church.

Statement following Government Announcement of 23 June 2020

On Tuesday 23 June the Prime Minister announced changes to the Social Distancing guidelines, and that Churches can reopen for Services.

Quinton Methodist Church will not be making any local decisions about this until we receive guidance from the Methodist Church, the Circuit, and our own Minister and Leadership Team.

As soon as there is more information, we will let you know. In the meantime we are continuing with our plans to make the Church safe.

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.

Face to Face Conference Special

A discussion with incoming President Rev Richard Teal

Rev Richard Teal, President of the Methodist Conference 2020‑21, discusses with David Hallam where God is in the Covid‑19 crisis, the development of online worship and the issues faced in rural ministry in this City Road Face to Face Conference Special.

District Online Service for Sunday 28 June now available

The latest Sunday online worship service is available to view via the Birmingham District Facebook page (you do not need to have a Facebook account to view the service) and also on the District’s recently established YouTube channel.

An accompanying Streamed Worship Service Sheet is available as an aid to following the service.

Other online services

Other streamed services are also provided by Wesley’s Chapel, London; Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem, and Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Further details and links can be found on the Calendar page.

Beware of Scams

Scam Awareness Fortnight: 15 June – 28 June

In these difficult times criminals are taking advantage of people’s heightened anxieties and vulnerabilities to expand their activities. The many and various means they use to defraud and exploit their victims include bogus websites, emails and text messages, the telephone and calling at the door.

Fraudsters present themselves in many ways. Posing as Government or other officials, offering services or medical supplies or pretending to be collecting for charities are just a few of their methods, while modern technology provides a means for them to present in a very convincing and plausible manner.

Scam Awareness Fortnight is an annual initiative organised by Citizens Advice. You can find more information on the Citizens Advice check if something might be a scam page.

There is useful general advice on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s scam awareness fortnight page along with a means of reporting suspected scams for those who live within the borough.

Bogus emails: spot the fraudsters

Email is a frequent method used by online fraudsters to trick innocent people out of their money or their identity – or both – and the coronavirus pandemic has prompted criminals to increase their online activities.

Download this handy guide for using email safely and securely by Get Safe Online to help you spot online fraudsters’ tactics and keep alert to these threats.

More information about avoiding online scams and fraud can be found on the Get Safe Online website.

A beginner’s guide to Facebook

With traditional face to face contact currently severely curtailed, internet-based social media has come into its own for maintaining social contact with others outside of the home.

If you would like to connect with friends and family via Facebook, but are not confident about setting up an account or using it, then this short Methodist Church How to get started on Facebook guide will help get you up and running.

Useful notes on common concerns including privacy settings and a comprehensive glossary of terms are included in the guide.

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 our Church is closed, and with it our usual method of making donations of groceries and toiletries via the vestibule box.

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 when receiving donated items.

‘Nothing will ever be the same’

This Guardian newspaper article of Monday 15 June discusses the reactions of various faith groups, including those attending City Road Methodist Church, adapted to lock-down.

Methodist Podcast interview with Rev Ajay Singh

The Methodist Podcast is a series of weekly podcasts considering the life of the Methodist Church in Britain.

Episode 17 of 14 May features a short interview with our minister Rev Ajay Singh about pastoral support. The podcast also features items about poverty and the surge in use of foodbanks, creative arts and mental health.

You will also find previous podcasts on this page.

Help for those self‑isolating

If you, or someone you know, needs a hand with collecting shopping or prescriptions, or just wants someone to talk to, NHS Volunteer Responders are able to help.

Help is available for those who have a medical condition which makes them vulnerable to COVID‑19, especially if aged over 70. Those who are pregnant or have a disability also qualify.

More information can be found on this leaflet, or by visiting the NHS Volunteer Responders website.

Face to Face on Thursday from City Road

A series of short online discussions with participants near and far produced by fellow Circuit member City Road Methodist Church.

Believing in Everyday Miracles

A published author before she was 24, Stephanie Nixon discusses some everyday miracles with David Hallam in this Face to Face discussion.

Worship & the trans community

Helen Belcher discusses with David Hallam the issues that trans people face at church. The discussion is available to view via YouTube.

Maintaining a healthy diet during lockdown

Being confined to home, especially when shielding, brings challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. In this short discussion, Dr David Cavan, a consultant physician and a former Director of Policy at the International Diabetes Federation, considers some of the issues with David Hallam.

Professor Frances Young discusses the current health crisis

Professor Frances Young discusses with David Hallam the challenge that the CV-19 pandemic poses to all, including people of faith. The discussion is available to view via YouTube.

Bereavement & mourning under lock‑down

This edition considers the difficulties mourning families and friends face under the current lock-down. This short discussion between Rev Ajay Singh and David Hallam is available to view via YouTube.

Rough Sleepers in Birmingham

City Road have also produced a short update on the situation of Birmingham’s rough sleepers under lock-down which can be viewed via YouTube.

Enhanced Pastoral Care Arrangements

As the current health emergency limits social contact all pastoral visits have been replaced by regular telephone contact. Calls are made at least once a week to the isolated, vulnerable and less self-sufficient, and fortnightly to others. Fellowship groups have also been initiated to enable members of our congregation to feel less isolated.

Practical support for isolated and vulnerable members of our congregation, ranging from regular phone contact to fetching shopping and walking dogs, etc., is being provided by Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade members based at Quinton Methodist Church.

Boys’ Brigade is providing this service across the entire QMC catchment area whilst Girls’ Brigade is able to cover those who live in the B62 and B63 postcodes.

These services conform with prevailing Government guidelines which, as the emergency evolves, may be subject to change.

To access Pastoral Services please contact the Pastoral Care Coordinator – manual input: pastoral@quintonmethodist.co.uk

Suspension of all activities

It is with deep sadness that, following recent Government statements and in accordance with Methodist Church national guidelines issued on 17 March 2020, a decision has been made to suspend all Quinton Methodist Church worship and social activities until further notice. The suspension includes all Church-based activities and also applies to organisations and those who hire facilities within our Church premises.

Following the Government announcement of 23 March 2020, and in addition to the suspension of regular Sunday Services already announced, baptisms and weddings are not permitted until further notice. Whilst funerals may take place the Church advise that the number of people attending should be limited as per the Government's advice. If you have any questions regarding funerals, or baptisms or weddings that now must be postponed, please contact the Minister Rev Ajay Singh - manual input: ajay.singh@methodist.org.uk

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.