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.
March this year sees the continuation of Lent, which began on 18 February. As part of our Lenten preparations for Easter this year we have a series of cafe church evenings focusing on the film "Touching the Void" - see the Worship page for details. We also have a concert on 21 March, "Blood from a Stone" presented by the Cardiff Methodist Community Choir - exploring the nature of Jesus and the nature of Mankind.
It is also a time when we celebrate our tenth anniversary as a Fair Trade Church as part of Fair Trade Fortnight. The breadth of goods available that are Fairly Traded is greater than ever and communities around the developing world continue to benefit from receiving a fair price for what they grow or make.
More information about our activities can be found in our monthly magazine, The Messenger than we could never fit onto the website.
- The March edition has more information about the meetings of church groups, details of jobs in the church family you might be able to help with, news of the fantastic £5,505 we have raised so far for the Bethlehem Sports Club for the Disabled, and lots more.
- One of our junior members, Samuel, describes his experience of trips to Spring Harvest - he and his family will be there again this Easter and he has promised to write again.
- There is an article on the work of Birmingham City Mission, with whom we have a long association, and news of what the Sunshine Club in Nechells achieved with the toys we collected in Advent.
- Revd Gerald Hainsworth describes the activities of the discussion group which meets regularly on Thursdays.
- The regular contribution from the Revd Dr John Taylor this month considers the challenge to disagree with people with on faith grounds without being critical and divisive and cutting off all dialogue.
- There is a second article on the earliest history of Christianity in Britain and - right up to date - a copy of an article on the current work of Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
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.