News and Information

Here's all the recent news about our church family. Anything we've underlined is a link to more details.

If you don't already receive it, why not sign up for the Circuit's weekly newsletter. That's the best way to keep up to date with everything that's going on. It will drop into your inbox every week, usually on Friday, and it has tons of up-to-the-minute information about worship, study, what is happening around our circuit of churches and in the communities in north Birmingham that we serve.

Weekly notices come out as usual and can be sent to you by email. If you don't already subscribe please email the office and ask to go on the mailing list. There's a copy of this week's edition here. 

 

Just a reminder that Revd Stephen's Sabbatical leave, delayed by the pandemic, began on 17 May. Until he is back from leave towards the end of August, Deacon Marilyn and the church stewards will be your first point of contact.

On the Worship at Home page and the Junior Church at Home page there's lots of ideas and materials to support us as we worship "together but separately" in response to the health crisis.  

Church Re-Opening

 

 

 

Worship is possible again in person, although things are still different to how they were before the pandemic.

Get the details here.

Click here to find more news about worship in person

If you need help let someone in the church family know your situation

Getting in touch

As well as all the options on the regular Contact us page, if you have an urgent concern or need help please call or text Chris on 07710 170278

Hospital visiting is still restricted. If you can't get to see someone in the QE, Heartlands, Solihull or Good Hope hospitals please get in touch with Stephen or Marilyn. If they can't visit either, they can contact the UHB Chaplaincy Team.

Do you WhatsApp? There are two church WhatsApp groups that you might want to join to keep up with news and share fellowship. One just has notifications from the office, the other is a busy support group where we share news, prayers, ideas, uplifting thoughts every day. To be added to either or both call or text Peter on 07966 875585

Prayer Line

If you would like someone to pray for you, or with you, or for a particular concern that is on your heart

 

call the prayer line number which is 07942 581223

email the prayer line at fomcprayer@gmail.com

FOMC Updates

  • For this week's Methodist News, click here.

  • To open a copy of the Summer edition of Connexion Magazine, click here.

  • Stay up to date with the Joint Public Issues Team by clicking here.

  • For this month's Singing the Faith+ newsletter, click here.

Congratulations to Deacon Marilyn, installed on 10 July as President of the Birmingham District of Methodist Women in Britain in a service held in our own church which a number of us were fortunate to be able to attend. The service can be seen here.

Youth event at Stockland Green Church - you are invited! It's on Sunday 8 August, aimed at children aged 5+ and there will be children there from all our sister churches as well as Coventry and Nuneaton Circuit. Click here to open the poster and get the contact details.

Eco Festival at Streetly Church - Click here to visit the Streetly website to get details of the events around 21-25 September. 

Funerals remain a challenge even with the restrictions relaxing. We may find we are unable to attend. A church publication containing reflections and prayers is available, and you can open a copy by clicking here

Church Giving has been modernised. If you are able to contribute to our running costs, you can - as before - set up a standing order or join the envelope scheme - contact the office for details. If you come to services now you will see there are facilities to make a gift using the contactless terminals at the back of the church and in the lobby and you can add Gift Aid if you qualify. We can also accept online donations - click here.

Financial worries are affecting many in our community. If you need advice, or know someone who does, please click here for contact details to receive confidential (and free) advice on the telephone from advisers working in partnership with Birmingham City Council.

Erdington Foodbank - Our Circuit is supporting a food bank in Erdington which has unprecedented demand. Get in touch via the WhatsApp Group, or through Peter or Chris (above) to make donations.

The Messenger - our print magazine is back, but we have not had many contributions recently and so the planned edition to come out at the end of July will not be produced. We are keeping this under review though, so if you have things you would like to share with the church family do please let us have them, sent to the office or by clicking the big orange button below to email us.

Birmingham City Mission - we are still delivering to BCM. Click here to see their shopping list. Donations of food and toiletries can be left in Ian and Sue's porch and we will deliver them as soon as we can. Contact us using the big orange button if you need the address. Thank you.

Saturday morning get together - yes the Bacon Butties fellowship on Saturday mornings is running. At the moment, it's still virtual which means that unfortunately you have to provide your own breakfast. Come and go as you please between 10.30 and 12.00 on Saturdays. Get the Zoom link and passcode from the notices, or anyone on the WhatsApp group. 

Church Floodlighting - has been upgraded, and you may have seen the church bathed in red for the week after Valentines Day, in NHS blue recently as a tribute to all key workers, and most recently in green. If you're interested in sponsoring the floodlighting you can always contact the office.

Click the button to email us anything you would like to add:

A Prayer

O loving and living God, may we trust in you as Jeremiah reminds us to, like a tree, planted by water, that depends on you alone to face the challenges of the climate and still produce fruit.

 

Let your nourishment seep into our world today through our hands, minds and voices, that we may seek to bring your reconciling love in Christ to the earth in transformative ways.

Amen.

 

Inspired by Jeremiah 17:7-8.

In Memoriam

Revd Stephen is maintaining a memorial page on the Circuit website to those we have sadly lost during this difficult time.  Please let him know if there is anyone we should add who is not already remembered there. In time we will be able to join together to celebrate and thank God for these lives and remember the ways they have enriched our own. In the meantime we hold them all in our hearts and ask God to bring comfort to those who are mourning.

Those who wish to remember the life and service of the Reverend Dr John Taylor, our own cloth-cap theologian, may do so here