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 in the first instance. Other ministers from the Sutton Park Circuit will share responsibility for covering their pastoral responsibilities.
We are moving forward in 2016 with ambitious plans to improve and enlarge the rooms at the rear of church. The good news is that we have secured planning permission for the works, 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. In particular, make sure you will be free on the first weekend in July to come to the Flower Festival.
In May, Christians everywhere remember the effective birth of the worldwide church at Pentecost, also called Whit Sunday. Read about it in Acts chapter 2. Come and celebrate God's Holy Spirit empowering the Apostles with us on 15 May. It is no surprise that Pentecost this year also sees the beginning of Christian Aid Week, that annual collective effort of all the churches in concert to raise funds for many deserving causes and that will be the theme of our Pentecost service this year.
For Methodists, May is also the time when we celebrate what is effectively the birth of our church on 24 May 1738 when John Wesley experienced an internal confirmation of his salvation by the grace of God and, in his phrase, felt his heart "strangely warmed". The Sunday before Aldersgate Day (24 May) we celebrate as Aldersgate Sunday - come and join us on 22 May.
Methodism has a tradition of community service and social action motivated by the needs of the day. In past generations that involved the church taking a leading role over social ills such as alcoholism and gambling. More recently the church has been motivated to address issues of social and economic injustice.
Many in our church have been especially 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. Perhaps you could start by sharing with us in this prayer:
Heavenly Father, you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love. We thank you for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us now to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support, that the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who fled persecution at His birth and at His last triumphed over death,.
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 April edition
- find out how we plan to cope with John and Liz' sabbatical leave
- get an update on our building project
- check out what is most needed to help with our response to the Refugee Crisis and read some refugees' stories
- see more about Christian Aid Week
- read some more about the Festival of Flowers in July
- consider whether it is their attraction to modern idols that convinces so many men that they just don't need God in their lives
- continue our journey into the Old Testament with the next instalment of our timeline - Exodus
- get a quick introduction to the Psalms and to the Letter to the Hebrews as part of our look at reading the Bible with Walk Through the Bible Ministries
- read articles by some of our members
- Bronwen Finch considers the implications for us of being made in God's image
- Carolyn Humpherson tells us what she got out of Spring Harvest this year
- Angela Constantine confesses her fondness for a McFlurry (you're not alone Angela!) and develops the theme of the importance of nourishment in so much of the New Testament
- the Revd Dr John Taylor's regular contribution asks us hard questions about our generosity
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.