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.
April starts with the conclusion of Holy Week and our activities around Easter, the most significant time in the Christian calendar. Lent has been a time of reflection for us which comes to and end with solemnity as we recall Jesus' crucifixion and death on Good Friday and rejoice on Easter Day with his resurrection.
In April we also have our church's annual meeting. It's straight after the morning service on 26th April, and it's open to everyone who comes to church. It's a great chance to take part in the conversation about what we're going to be doing for the next year, and it's also when we fill various positions in the church's organisation, such as stewards and members of our council. A talking point this year will be whether the Methodist Church should marry same sex couples. You can pick up a booklet in church now which has reports from all the groups associated with the church and is a fantastic way to find out what we do and whether there are any activities you would would like to be a part of.
You can also find out a lot about our activities in our monthly magazine, The Messenger than we could never fit onto the website. The April edition
- has information about fundraising for Nkanfoa Methodist School in Ghana
- looks forward to Ascension Day and Pentecost in May
- explores our decision to employ a youth worker
- describes the daily events in the last week of Jesus' life
- has an article about the history of Christianity in England which deals with the Middle Ages
- has an articles by Bronwen Finch about the message of hope we receive at Easter time, by Jack McGinnigle applying Jesus' teaching that it's what comes out of a man's mouth that makes him sinful, not what he eats, and by Deacon Phyllis looking back to the earliest days of her service in the 1950s
- looks forward to the annual conference of Methodists for World Mission in May and invites you to attend if you are interested
- has news of other places, of a mission partner in Nepal and of our dynamic former Superintendent Revd Nicola Jones who is busy in Stoke on Trent turning a former pub into a new Methodist church
- contains the regular thought-provoking piece from the Revd Dr John Taylor who this month invites us not to be April Fools for Christ but to be His fools all year round, standing up for what is right not what is fashionable
- lets us know the various areas of our church family where help is needed - what might God be calling you to do?
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.