We are a Methodist Church serving the communities of Four Oaks and Mere Green in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.
You are assured of a warm welcome if you join us for any of our services and events. There are directions and details of how to find us on the For Visitors page and if you may need any help to join us do please contact the office.
Revd John and Deacon Liz Rowe lead our church family, and have pastoral responsibility for two other churches in the same part of our circuit, at Blackwood and Streetly. We share some services with these churches (have a look on the Worship page for details) and also some other events. For information about the Methodist Church nationally visit the Church's website.
Please note that John and Liz are away on Sabbatical from 1 May to 31 July 2016 and in this period please contact the church office. Other ministers from the Sutton Park Circuit will share responsibility for covering their pastoral responsibilities.
We have secured planning permission for the works to extend our church buildings, although because our building is listed as of architectural significance we still have further formalities to deal with before the work can begin. Watch our for more on this as as we finalise our proposals to modernise our facilities to live out our vision of service to our community and witness to God's presence here in Four Oaks and Mere Green.
We hope everyone who is going to be away during the holiday period will have safe travels and a refreshing break. There is a chance on Tuesday 9 August to have a Holiday at Home, at our social event for seniors in our community who may otherwise find this a lonely and quiet time of the year. See our News page for details. Don't worry if you need a lift - we can arrange that, just get in touch.
You can also find out lots more about what our church family is involved with in our monthly magazine, The Messenger, lots more than than we could ever fit onto the website. The combined Summer edition for June and July includes
- pictures from the terrific party we had on 12 June to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday
- some information about Action for Children, who will be the centre of our worship on 17 July
- a picture of John and Liz Rowe at the end of their pilgrimage to Santiago, both smiling and looking fit and well after their adventure
- information about some of our recent activities, including Christian Aid Week
- details of a sponsored bike ride around all the churches in our circuit on 21 August (can you sponsor someone?) to raise the profile of our campaign to provide help with the refugee crisis - and you can read a report from the working party
- another update on our redevelopment project
- news from Methodist Women in Britain about the Dalit Solidarity Campaign
- more instalments in our review of the Bible with Walk Through the Bible Ministries - a summary of Ecclesiastes from the Old testament and 1 Peter from the New
- the latest section of our Old Testament Timeline - the era of Saul and David
- articles from some of our members including:
- Glyn Constantine reflecting on another part of our Methodist heritage, the annual membership ticket - what do you do with yours? does it still serve a purpose in this age?
- Roger Smith telling us of an encounter with the beauty of God's creation at the RSPB reserve at Middleton Lakes
- Revd Dr John Taylor discussing the value of inclusive language in prayers, hymns, and everyday speech, not to follow some fashion political correctness, but because we care about not alienating people by the way we speak to and about them
If you don't already receive a copy of The Messenger, pick one up when you are in church or contact the office if you would like us to send you one.