Come to visit us
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience whilst our building project is going ahead and check for news on the Building Work page.
Please note in particular that the church itself is closed
from Monday 30 April until Saturday 26 May.
This will affect services (see the Worship page) though for Sunday 20 May, the forecast is good so we'll be celebrating Pentecost and Aldersgate Sunday on the lawn outside.
How to find us
The church is north of Sutton Coldfield on the corner of Lichfield Road (A5127) and Four Oaks Road (A454). We overlook the roundabout at the entrance to Four Oaks Railway Station. The post code for the church is B74 2UU.
Click here for a map.
Parking is quite limited on the church premises, but there are some spaces there for Blue Badge Holders. We also have some parking space in the car park for bicycles. You get into the church's car park from Lichfield Road (the side of the church facing towards the railway station).
There is also some parking on the Lichfield Road itself near to the entrance to our car park. On Sundays we have use of the large station car park, but on other days of the week this is usually full.
During the building works the car park will be out of service. We ask that the spaces on Lichfield Road are left free for those with mobility difficulties; please use the station car park if you can.
Four Oaks Railway Station is close by, you can see the church when you get off the train. The station is on the Cross City Line with a good regular service between Lichfield and Birmingham New Street. You can check on train times using the journey planner on the National Rail website.
A number of buses stop in Lichfield Road near to the church. You can find out which buses are best for your journey by using the journey planner on the West Midlands Travel website.
What happens in church?
If you haven't been before, or not for a long time, it can be daunting to come to church and we hope the information on our website will help you to know what to expect. The plan and description of the church premises on the Building page may help you get your bearings. However, at the moment all the halls are being redeveloped so not all of the facilities mentioned on that page are available.
When you come into the building to attend a service someone will greet you and will usually offer you a copy of this week's notice sheet, and a copy of our welcome booklet if you would like one. They will be happy to answer any questions you have or help you get your bearings. There will be some of our church stewards around, who can be recognised by their red name badges and they will also be ready to help.
Times of services can be found on the Worship page. Most services last around 60 minutes, though the quarterly 9.00 am Communion service is a little shorter. So too is the weekly Wednesday morning service, although not if you have time to stay for a cup of tea and a chat afterwards! The Monday morning prayer meeting usually lasts about 30 minutes. The Monday afternoon fellowship varies a little.
There are always crèche facilities available at the 10.30 am Sunday service. Older children visiting that service are welcome to join Junior Church, which runs every Sunday morning, except during family services when we all stay together in church. The person who greets you at the door will be able to introduce you to whoever is running the crèche or to someone from the Junior Church team that morning if you wish. Have a look at the Junior Church page for details of how we have reorganised ourselves during the building works.
Services are a mixture of prayers, hymns or songs, and readings. The format of services should make it clear as it goes along what is happening. Any service books or hymn books you might need will be in the pews already so you won't have to juggle with an armful of books when you arrive. Generally speaking, we only stand to sing and also when the collection has been taken and is being brought to the front of church to be blessed. Please don't feel obliged to contribute to the collection incidentally - just pass the collection plate on without putting anything into it. Many church regulars contribute through their bank account so you won't be the only person to do that.
If you come to a 10.30 am service on Sunday or Wednesday you are cordially invited to stay for refreshments after the service. We hope you will do that. You will be very welcome.
The main entrance to the church has several steps, but there is level access to the church and its buildings through the door leading directly from our car park. There are sliding doors there which may be easier for anyone who uses a wheelchair or has a buggy to push. This is also the best access if you are using the church's rooms for a function that is not related to a service. However, during the building works (commencing at the beginning of October) this part of the church will be inaccessible and the entrance for those needing level access will be through the vestry door on the side of the church facing Four Oaks Road.
There is normally an accessible unisex toilet, but we will be using temporary toilet facilities from October 2017 until around June 2018 during our building works. There are temporary toilets outside the church building on the Lichfield Road side of the building, reached via a couple of steps. A temporary accessible toilet is loacted on the other side of the building just outside the vestry door.
For those with hearing difficulties there is an induction loop in the church and facilities in some of the rooms. Large print books are available.
Please get in touch with the office if we might be able to help with other needs. We will do our best to assist.