Coronavirus and COVID-19
Here you will find the most recent news relating to our church family. On the Worship at Home page and the Junior Church at Home page there's a collection of ideas and materials to support us as we worship "together but separately" in response to the health crisis.
In line with guidance from the Government and NHS and from the Methodist Church nationally it is with sadness we confirm that all our services and all regular activities in our church building are suspended until further notice.
Click here for a note on how Methodist Chuch premises might be impacted as a result of the gradual re-opening of provision for Early Years education. We will update this page if this affects any activities at our building.
Rather than try to update all the pages of our website which may be affected by these extraordinary circumstances, for the moment we will gather news and information on this page. You will also find helpful updates on the Sutton Park Circuit website. Anything you see on these pages that's underlined is a link - click it to go to what's being described.
Please remember it's only the church building that is out of action. WE are the church, and although for the moment we cannot meet together, we are still here and are very much in business.
If you are experiencing any difficulties or you need any help, let someone in the church family know your situation.
Getting in touch
Hospital visiting is impossible for the moment. If you can't get to see someone in the QE, Heartlands, Solihull, and Good Hope hospitals you can email Revd Kathryn Darby of the UHB Chaplaincy Team or call and leave a message for the team on 0121 424 7676 or for Revd Kathryn on 0121 386 5612
Do you WhatsApp? Lots more of us do now than ever did before. There are two church WhatsApp groups that you might want to join to keep up with news and share fellowship. One is just for notifications from the office, and the other is a busy mutual support group where we share news, prayers, ideas, uplifting thoughts. If you want to be added to either or both call or text Peter on 07966 875585
If you would like someone to pray for you, or with you, or for a particular concern that is on your heart
Weekly notices will still be produced 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. It includes a note for us from Revd Stephen which is also printed below. This week is Trinity Sunday as Revd Stephen mentions, and there's a reflection on this from Revd Alan on the Circuit Website here. A slightly different reflection can be seen in the Seniors part of the Junior Church at Home page where we revisit the material we used for our discussion about this last year.
Funerals have become a new challenge. Our church family has been touched by loss, both from this awful virus and from other causes, and most of us will be unable to attend funerals at present. A church publication containing reflections and prayers is available, and you can open a copy by clicking here. This week's notices sadly records two funerals that will take place this week which in normal times many of us would attend - if you are able to, please hold the families in prayer at those times.
Revd Stephen is maintaining a memorial page on the Circuit website of 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.
The Messenger, our monthly magazine will pause. But if there is anything you would normally share with the church family through the Messenger, email it to the Messenger and/or the office and it can appear on the website or our Facebook page if you wish.
Church Giving can continue if you are able to contribute to our running costs. You can still donate by text (see the Giving page) or you can set up a standing order or make a donation directly to our account - contact the office for the account details.
Birmingham City Mission donations of food and toiletries cannot be delivered at present. As soon as we can, we will resume though, and their need by then will be critical. Please try to put something aside in readiness if you can, so that we can make an urgent collection when circumstances change.
Revd Stephen is also collecting donations for the food bank run by our sister church in Erdington. Contact him directly, or through the WhatsApp group or via Peter or Chris (above) if you have anything to contribute.
Click the button to email us anything you would like to add:
Greetings to you all today in the Name of the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
Today is Trinity Sunday, and the season of Easter is officially over. The whole Easter Season (from Lent until Pentecost) will certainly be one that many of us will remember for a long time, as will of course the coming weeks too.
While the news we receive within our friendship circle, in the national press and on worldwide media may bring us much joy as well as much sorrow, we may feel powerless in our present circumstances to do anything. Yet we are not powerless - we can invoke the powerful name of the Trinity; praying to the Father in the name of Jesus and in the power of the Spirit.
Keep safe, keep caring, keep praying!
I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
(Source: St Patrick’s Breastplate)