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. For information about the Methodist Church nationally visit the Church's website and find out some of the things that make Methodism distinctive.
May is a time when we remember our young (and sometimes not so young) people facing exams at the end of the academic year. We pray everyone will be able to show what they have learned and will get the results they need.
In the calendar of the Church it has also come to be an important time for fund-raising for worthy causes. Our own May Fayre is a regular event which helps us to contribute to mission projects in the UK and around the world. The wider Christian Church in Britain also celebrate Christian Aid Week, and we will mark it particularly in our service on 14 May.
For Methodists May has another significance. It was on 24 May in 1738 when John Wesley had the experience that transformed his life and ultimately led to the Methodist Church when attending a meeting in Aldersgate Street. Methodists mark the anniversary as Aldersgate Day (sometimes called Wesley Day). We also recall it particularly in the services on the preceding Sunday, which is 21 May this year, and which we call Aldersgate Sunday.
The Methodist Church has a particular tradition of action for social justice which we strive to uphold here in our church too. Recently we refreshed our special Refugee Crisis Page, adding some useful materials and ways that you can get involved. Give it a look. If your heart also aches at the plight of the refugees you may find there's something you can get involved with.
You can also find out lots more about what our church family is involved with in our monthly magazine, The Messenger, which has lots more than than we could ever fit onto the website. The May edition includes:
- an invitation to a Vocation Evening at Stockland Green Methodist Church's delightful cafe at 7.30 on Thursday 18 May at 7.30 - might you be being called to lead worship?
- an invitation to a special demonstration the Flower Guild have on 7 June
- details of the World Mission Conference on refugees in June
- a piece from the Methodist Church's daily bible study to explain some of the familiar wording from the Holy Communion liturgy
- news of Christian Aid Week
- a discussion of how and why we can get past the common feeling that "evangelism isn't for me"
- details of Thy Kingdom Come's pledge to join the global wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost
- an explanation of Aldersgate Sunday
- an advert for our May Fayre on 13 May and, importantly, an explanation of where the money we raise goes to support mission projects in Britain and across the world
- a report from the Circuit's Day of Praise for young people
- articles from some of our members including:
- Mr Jack McGinnigle marks Aldersgate Sunday with a reflection on John Wesley's sermons
- Mr Giles Murcott tells us about his proposed 50 mile cycle ride in June which will not only mark his Big Birthday (congratulations Giles!) but raise funds to combat malaria and cholera
- Revd Dr John Taylor encourages us to see past the language of "vocation" to the essentials: is there a problem, and can you help? If you can, why aren't you? If it's because you think it might be too big a job, remember that you're not alone - you might be surprised how God provides!
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.