We are a Methodist Church serving the communities of Four Oaks and Mere Green in Sutton Coldfield in the English 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 John and Liz also 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, such as the recent Alpha Course. For information about the Methodist Church nationally visit the Church's website.
For many Christians, February in the church year is notable for the beginning of Lent, this year beginning on 18 February. To help us focus on the climax of Christ's ministry at Easter, during Lent many people give up something they enjoy as a regular daily reminder, or take up a daily study, or commit themselves to an act of charity or service. Whatever you might be doing personally to prepare for Easter consider coming to one of the events here at church. Our cafe church services in this period will focus of studies for Lent derived from the film Touching the Void, and on 21 March we will be visited by Cardiff Methodist Community Choir with a concert based on a Lenten theme.
More recently February has also become associated with Fairtrade Fortnight, which this year begins near the end of the month and includes the first week of March. Our own Fairtrade stall will be much in evidence so you will have an opportunity to sample the surprising range of fairly traded products for yourself - it may change your shopping habits for ever!
More information about our activities can be found in our monthly magazine, The Messenger than we could never fit onto the website.
The February edition is packed with information about the meetings of church groups, details of jobs in the church family you might be able to help with and much more. There is an article on medical detection dogs (which will also be the subject of a talk to our Monday Fellowship on 9 February) and information on how you could help Nfankoa Methodist School in Ghana. Retired local preacher Pat Padley has written an inspiring article on valuing our gifts and talents, and the regular contribution from the Revd Dr John Taylor looks this month at the choice of different Bible translations. There are articles too on the earliest history of Christianity in Britain and (in contrast) on how to manage in our 21st century when sometimes people are just too busy on Sundays to fit in church, as well as accounts of John and Liz' trip to the Holy Land, of Nikki's service of admission as a preacher, December's Christian Aid Celebration, events to mark the Women's World Day of Prayer and lots more.
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.