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'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. 

 

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

Church Re-Opening

 

 

 

Worship in person is back.

Get the details here 

Lots of other activities are coming back too (some details below).

Click here to find more news about worship in person

Times are still difficult

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 problematic. 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 up to the minute news from the Methodist Church click here.

  • To open a copy of the Autumn 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.

Church meeting on 25 January - have a look at the notice on the Home Page, and please come along if you can. 

Monday Fellowship is back meeting 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 is back with a monthly programme lined up. Members and visitors warmly welcomed. Get in touch with the office for more details.

Junior Church is back - 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 has been back 10-12 on Saturday mornings. But the long-awaited return (in person rather than on Zoom) of the famous Bacon Butty Fellowship has had to pause after Christmas, partly Covid caution and partly because the oven needs to be repaired! However, those playing table tennis and other games on Saturday mornings will still be there, so why not join them.   

The Messenger - our print magazine is back. The new edition for February will be out at the end of the month so time is short now to get any contributions to us. We're aiming to get back to monthly editions again now so long as we have enough contributions to share. It's never too soon to send anything you'd like us to publish (so if you already have something for the March or April editions don't be shy!) News, articles, good wishes, stories, thank-you messages, requests, prayers, events, and anything else you would like the church family to know about. Send your contributions to the office or just by clicking the big orange button below to email us.

Incidentally, your Pastoral Visitor will be asking whether you would like your next copy by email or as a paper copy, and we're happy to supply either, both if you like!

Baby and Toddler Group is back on Thursday mornings during school term times from 9.30-11.30 am. Spread the word, and come along.

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

Ladies Friendship Group is back - get in touch through the office if you don't have the details.

Funerals remain a challenge even with the restrictions relaxing. We may find we are unable to attend because we are self isolating for instance. 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 anything, even as some day to day effects of the pandemic seem to be easing the financial impacts for many are worsening. 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.

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.

Church Floodlighting - 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

We commend to you, O Lord, our souls and our bodies; our prayers and our hopes; our health and our work; our life and our death; our families and our friends; our neighbours and our fellow men and women, this day and always.

Amen.

Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626)