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 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 have a look at the plans on display in church showing our proposals to improve and enlarge the rooms at the rear of church. There will be more on this in the new year as we consider how best 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.
As usual, on the first Sunday in Advent, this year 29 November, we will hold our Toy Service, an opportunity to think of the present as well as the future. If you are able to join us that day you are invited to bring a toy to donate to children in Birmingham who might otherwise have nothing at Christmas.
On 28 November our Annual Autumn Fayre is an opportunity to help us raise funds for Methodist mission projects in the UK and abroad. See the fabulous puppets from Kids UK, and - if you've been good - meet Father Christmas.
The needs of others are very much in our thoughts at the moment. Many in our church have been touched by the plight of the refugees flooding into the countries surrounding Iraq and Syria and trying to make their way to safety in Europe and elsewhere. See our new page for some details.
We share our evening service on 6 December with St Giles Hospice as we are again privileged to host on of their Light up a Life services. If you are coming to this service please stay for some refreshments and to share some time with us afterwards. The St Giles Book of Memories will be on view.
The annual Turkey and Tinsel event for seniors in our local community is on Wednesday 9 December. You can put down the name of anyone who would like to come on the list in church or contact the office.
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. In the November edition you can
- read about Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal
- find out what we can do to help with the refugee crisis impacting across Europe
- get news of what has been happening with the Nkanfoa Methodist School, and advance notice of a recital next year to raise funds for it
- hear of an event next April to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Bishop Francis Asbury, founder of the Methodist church in America and who also has a connection with our own church's early history
- read news of the affairs of other Methodist churches and the wider church, including the new church on Broad Street in Birmingham
- find out the story of the Remembrance poppy
- continue our study of the history of Christianity in England with a look at the 18th Century - contrast it with the report on Soul Survivor!
- read articles by some of our members - Bronwen Finch draws a comparison between her journey of faith and the her love of embroidery, Glyn Constantine draws some very modern messages from the Old Testament, and the Revd Dr John Taylor explores what it means to be a Christian who is rooted specifically in Methodist traditions
- get an update on the activities of our Scouts, and a report from our September church council meeting
- Find a very different Advent calendar
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.