News and Information

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

We've been bringing back into use the pages from the website that went into mothballs during the pandemic. We will keep one or two of the temporary pages (including this one) going for a while though, even if that means that sometimes you might find something mentioned twice.

 

Get information on upcoming services on the Come to Church page

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's 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. 

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

Do you WhatsApp? Join the church WhatsApp group to keep up with news and share fellowship. It's somewhere where we share news, prayers, ideas, uplifting thoughts every day. To be added 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 News

​Some Diary Dates

  • Revd Emily Young's Ordination at St Andrew' Church in Shifnal on Sunday 26 June - details in the Circuit's weekly newsletter, and also of her Testimony Service at Solihull Methodist Church on Monday 30 May at 7.00 pm

  • Learn CPR at church on Wednesday 13th July 6.30— 8.30pm - click here to register for a free two hour course with a full time instructor and team to learn first aid for heart attacks, cardiac arrests, choking and use of defibrillators 

  • Night at the Proms with Sutton Coldfield Wind Orchestra at our church on Tuesday 26 July at 7.30 pm. Music from the movies and from the Proms. Tickets are £5 and available from the office.

  • Circuit Celebration Service at Erdington Church Sunday 31 July at 4.00 pm and with a shared fellowship tea afterwards - we also have an opportunity to bid farewell to Revd Malcolm Oliver and our own Revd Stephen Froggatt who will be leaving the Circuit this Summer

  • Afternoon Tea for Nkanfoa Methodist School and Church Aid at Ian and Diana's house on Saturday 13 August from 3.00 to 5.30 pm - for the first time in three years, this is back. Tickets are free from Ian or Diana (needed for catering only) but you will have a chance on the day to make a donation to the charity

  • Deacon Marilyn's open house on Saturday 27 August between 12.00 and 5.00 pm. Come along to Marilyn's manse any time you are free on the Saturday afternoon to visit and share fellowship with friends from around the circuit. There will be an opportunity to donate to REMISH, supporting retired ministers in Sierra Leone 

  • Circuit Welcome Service at Erdington Church on Sunday 4 September at 7.00 pm when we will be joined by our new District Chair Novette Headley to welcome our new Superintendent Revd Nick Jones and Presbyter Revd Freddy Takavarasha. Revd Freddy will have pastoral responsibility for our church along with Deacon Marilyn when Revd Stephen leaves us.

  • Eco Festival at Streetly Church at the corner of Hardwick and Thornhill Road (B74 3EH) on 24 September 11.00 am to 5.00 pm - all kinds of activities, live music, food

 

Monday Fellowship meets on Mondays in the Bennett Lounge at 2.00. The Fellowship has a programme of speakers and events for the Autumn.  Come along and renew old friendships or make new ones.

Flower Guild meeting monthly again as normal. Members and visitors warmly welcomed. Get in touch with the office for more details.

Junior Church runs during the Sunday morning services on the first and third Sundays of the month. For details, or just to say that you'd like to come (or even to help?) email us using the Big Orange Button below, or get in touch with the office, or just come along! 

Saturday Drop-In 10.00 am to noon on Saturday mornings. Drop in for as long as you can spare to the famous Bacon Butty Fellowship, for a second breakfast (which can be healthier than a bacon butty if you like!) or just for a chat. Drop in and stay for as much time as you can spare. There's also a chance to have a game of chess or play table tennis or other games if you like - but that IS optional! 

The Messenger magazine is out every month, though we'll do a double issue for July and August. Send us your news, articles, memories, good wishes, stories, thank-you messages, requests, prayers, events, and anything else you would like the church family to know about. Not everyone in church is comfortable online, and this is a chance to engage with everyone!  Got a tricky puzzle or a funny joke? How about sharing a recipe? Send your contributions to the office or just by clicking the big orange button below to email us.

Incidentally, you can have the Messenger by email if you prefer - tell your Pastoral Visitor or the office.

Baby and Toddler Group meets on Thursday mornings during school term times from 9.30-11.30 am. Contact the office for details or just turn up.

Luncheon Club meets monthly on Tuesdays at the end of the month - get in touch through the office if you don't have the details.  

Ladies Friendship get in touch through the office if you don't have the details. The full monthly programme is back.

Church Giving If you can contribute to our running costs that would fantastic. Aside from room lettings, donations are our only way of funding our activities and paying our bills. A change in banking practice means that we are charged for paying in cash and cheques now, so you can help us avoid costs by using a standing order for regular contributions or online banking or the church payment terminals for one-off donations. Please consider adding Gift Aid if you qualify.

 

We can also accept online donations - click here.

Financial worries are affecting many in our community. Even as some day to day effects of the pandemic seem to be easing the financial position for many is worsening with rising prices, especially for fuel. 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.

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 the box in church by the office or, as during the various lockdowns, in Ian and Sue's porch (contact us using the big orange button if you need the address). Ian and Sue, or Susie in the office, are also able to receive cash donations for BCM if that is easier for you - we'll ask the Mission what they need most urgently and go shopping! Thank you for your unflagging generosity in these trying times.

Church Floodlighting - if you're interested in sponsoring the floodlighting you can always contact the office.

  • For up to the minute news from the Methodist Church click here.

  • To open a copy of the Spring 2022 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.

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A Prayer

Life-giving God, in whose presence there is an abundance of hope and a plenitude of grace, grant that we may build communities of hospitality where bread is shared, forgiveness offered and justice proclaimed. And so, as our life together is shaped by your love, give us the grace to welcome all our companions to the feast of your kingdom, that there may be joy everlasting in heaven.

 

Amen.

Julian Pursehouse, East Anglia District Chair