Come to visit us
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.
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 The plan and description of the church premises on the Building page is out of date at the moment - we'll be replacing that with the layout of the new rooms now the building work is completed, but have left the old plan on the page for the moment in case it helps you to get your bearings very roughly.
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.
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 front 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. Now the building works are complete this entrance is fully available again and for a lot of people this is the real "front door". There are sliding doors there which are far easier for anyone who uses a wheelchair or has a buggy to push. This is also the access to use if you are visiting us for a function or a meeting that is not related to a service.
The refurbishment works extended to renewing the toilets, including the accessible toilet which also has baby changing facilities.
Large print books are available. For those with hearing difficulties there is normally an induction loop in the church and facilities in some of the rooms, although these facilities are only slowly being restored now all the works are finished and we are fully operational in the building again. We apologise if you experience any difficulties with the hearing loop in the short term.
Please get in touch with the office if we might be able to help with other needs. We will do our best to assist.