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.
You can be a part of that witness on Sunday 5 June straight after the morning service. By then the fittest and fastest of the participants in the Great Midlands Fun Run will already be pounding past our church on their way to the finishing line. But for an hour or more afterwards thousands of less experienced runners and walkers will stream past, many of them raising money for good causes and all of them needing as much encouragement as we can give. Please come and help to cheer them on, to sing, to hand out drinks or just applaud their efforts.
There are some more special events this month too, as you'll see on our News page. We hope you can join us to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday on Sunday afternoon, 12 June. As well as a party with cake, magician and all the fun of the fair we will be entertained by a choir and will have chance to join in a service of thanksgiving for Her Majesty's lifetime of work.
And we have a celebration of a different kind on the weekend of 1-3 July with our spectacular Flower Festival where all the displays will be on the theme of celebration. This is one of the events to support our rebuilding works. We have fantastic plans for the festival and you will be disappointed if you don't have chance to see it. Times and details are on the News page.
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. In the June edition
- there are details of a concert by the terrific Canoldir Male Choir at Stockland Green Church on 18 June which will raise funds for the charities that have played such a role in helping John Nodding, a member of our church family stricken with motor neurone disease. (Incidentally, John's inspiring story is available to buy if you are interested)
- you can find out about a workshop to be held here at church on 8/9 July led by Shoreline Conversations.
- read more about our response to the Refugee Crisis.
- see pictures of recent events at church, such as the May Fayre
- share reflections from the family of the late Pat Padley, whose death at Easter touched us all so deeply
- continue our journey into the Old Testament with the next instalment of our timeline - The Judges
- get a quick introduction to Proverbs and to the the letter of James as part of our look at reading the Bible with Walk Through the Bible Ministries
- read articles by some of our members
- Nikki Murcott examines what Methodists mean by a Circuit of churches
- the Revd Dr John Taylor's regular contribution considers the importance of our name, our past to our personal sense of identity (the Revd Dr John Brian Taylor, to be complete)
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.