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.
If you have been in church during August you will have seem some plans on the walls near the rear door. We intend to improve and enlarge the rooms at the rear of the church. There will be more on this in coming weeks and months 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.
Revd John's letter for September reminds us that for many people September is a time of new beginnings. It's the start of a new year for all those who learn or teach in schools and colleges, and the time when there are changes in Methodist churches. Our prayers and good wishes go to our young people starting new schools or going away to college and university, and to Sarah Parkin who leaves us to begin her placement as a trainee minister in Lincolnshire. And we welcome Revd Stephen Willey who joins our circuit.
This September also sees the start of our new Alpha Course. If you're curious about Alpha, or you just need some encouragement to come along to the introductory meeting on 20 September to find out what it's all about, please get in touch.
Messy Church is back from its summer break too. If you've been wondering what that's all about, just come and see! September's Messy Church is on 19 September.
And make a note in your diary for 3 October, when we welcome Revd Irfan John and his family. See the News page for a little more about the fascinating and inspiring story they have to share with us.
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 September edition you can
- read more about Irfan and Raheela John
- and about our Harvest services and the Harvest supper (see the News page - have you got your ticket yet?)
- see a plan of how our buildings might be expanded to serve the community into the 21st Century
- read more about the Alpha course
- celebrate the Holiday at Home event in August when many senior members of our community got together to party
- find articles from church members Bronwen Finch on sharing and using time and Diana Bosman on Messy Church
- pause for thought as Peter Cashmore ambitiously answers the Meaning of Life, and the Revd Dr John Taylor analyses what we really mean by "independence" in an unavoidably interdependent world
- understand what the various funds are which the Methodist Church maintains and what they are used for
- be reminded of the various areas of our church family where help is needed - what might God be calling you to do? We have vacancies working in outreach to our local community, fundraising for local and overseas missions, and working with our young people on Sundays. Messy Church needs volunteers to help out (sometimes with generating mess, sometimes with clearing it up again afterwards!)
- read guest articles where Revd Steve Wild reminds us of the opportunities we all have on our doorstep to share the love of Jesus and the news of God's Kingdom, and Karen Balmer teaches us of the lessons chaplains can learn as guests in someone else's space or organisation
- find news from Conference, from China, from elsewhere around the world and about the extraordinary success our former Superintendent Minister Nichola Jones has been having working with West End Methodist Church in Stoke on Trent
- continue the series covering the history of Christianity in England - part 6 brings us into the 17th Century and introduces us to the beginnings of non-conformist Protestantism
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.