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.
May has a number of highlights for the church. May 10-17 is Christian Aid Week. Click the link to find out more. If you don't really know what all this business is all about with envelopes through the door and collectors on street corners, you might be surprised what Christian Aid achieves around the world, from day to day assistance to responding to terrible disasters like the earthquake in Nepal.
Methodists have a strong tradition of funding practical help for people in Britain and abroad, and in our church our regular fundraising fair is on Saturday 9 May. Come along between 2.30 and 4.30, whether you are looking for a bargain from the stalls, a chance to have your face painted or exhaust yourself on the bouncy castle, or enjoy afternoon tea with your friends. Every penny we raise goes to projects in the UK and abroad.
May 24 is Pentecost, an important day for the worldwide church when we recall the empowering of the fledgling church in Jerusalem with God's spirit as Jesus had promised them before his ascension. It is sometimes called the church's birthday.
For Methodists May is also special because it is when we remember John Wesley's encounter with God's Holy Spirit on 24 May 1738 when he recorded that at an evening in Aldersgate Street in London he felt his heart strangely warmed. The sudden intense feeling he had that evening of God's love and of his salvation motivated him for the rest of his life and one of his legacies is the Methodist Church.
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 never fit onto the website. The May edition
- tells us about Ascension Day (also in May), Aldersgate Sunday and Pentecost
- has which highlight Christian Aid's work and achievements
- advertises upcoming events such as the Methodist for World Mission conference at the end of May
- has another in a series of articles about the history of Christianity in England, taking the story through the sixteenth century
- has an article about helping people to feel confident to come and find out what church is like if they find the idea of it a bit daunting
- has an article by a youth and family worker who has been filling a role similar to the one we look forward to filling in September
- has an intriguing examination of dreams and visions in the Bible by Nikki Murcott and a discussion of the Open Doors project by Margaret Hart
- has reflections on this year's Spring Harvest from several of our members who were enriched by attending
- explains the history of Methodist chaplains, has news of other places such as the church in Bishop's Cleeve in Gloucestershire, introduces a forthcoming initiative to collect for Birmingham City Mission, and reminds us of the importance of voting in the election on 7 May
- contains the regular thought-provoking piece from the Revd Dr John Taylor who this month tackles the problems that arise when cherished principles like freedom of speech and expression crash into equally precious ideals of freedom of thought and belief
- lets us know the various areas of our church family where help is needed - what might God be calling you to do? We have vacancies working in outreach to our local community and with our young people on Sundays where volunteers are needed
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.