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.
We are moving forward in 2016 with ambitious plans to improve and enlarge the rooms at the rear of church. There will be more on this as the year progresses 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.
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, and have a look at the current Messenger for more information about how you can be part of our efforts to help with this crisis.
Fairtrade Fortnight starts on 29 February, but we plan to get off to an early start on Saturday 27 February (10.30-12.30) with a Fairtrade coffee morning. Come along to meet friends and enjoy Fairtrade refreshments.
Before that, Lent begins on Wednesday 10 February. We invite you to come to our Lent Study Course which will begin on 28 February and run for four weeks to Easter. It will take as its theme a recent film "The Way". It's especially topical for us because later in the year Revd John and Deacon Liz will be taking a short sabbatical and plan to use part of their time away to walk the Camino de Santiago themselves.
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 February edition
- read about our response to the Refugee Crisis
- read about Fairtrade Fortnight, and a very urgent appeal from Traidcraft
- find out some more about Methodist Homes (MHA)
- get more news about our redevelopment project and a summary of what was decided at the recent church council
- start a journey with us into the timeline of the Old Testament
- be inspired by news of fellow Christians in North Korea, perhaps the most difficult place in the world to profess our faith
- get an update on the activities of our Girl Guiding unit
- continue our study of the history of Christianity in England with a look at the 20th Century
- investigate the history of Psalm 23 and the ways in which Christians have used it in their worship
- read articles by some of our members
- Mrs Nikki Murcott considers God's Plan,
- Mrs Catherine Page tells us about Messy Church,
- Deacon Phyllis Thorne answers the question "what's the point of reading the Bible"
- Deacon Liz and Sue Hayden report on the fantastic Turkey and Tinsel social occasion we had before Christmas when so many senior members of our local community came to share fellowship with us, and
- the Revd Dr John Taylor investigates the topic of Wisdom and how it can be found in unexpected places - and challenges us to have the wisdom to say difficult things like "I'm sorry", "I don't know", "I was wrong" and "I need some help".
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.