|Address||Wesley Road, WV12 5QT (Click for Google map)|
|Minister||Rev. Stuart Reed 01922 497748|
|Contact Details||01922 497748 or use our Contact Form|
|Services||Sundays – 10.15am and 6.15pm|
|Activities||There are several regular mid-week groups. We have two groups for women. The Ladies Group meet fortnightly on Wednesdays at 8pm and have a variety of speakers. The Womens Fellowship meet at 2.30pm on Tuesdays. Their meetings are mainly devotional, Speakers can be ministers or local preachers but also from other denominations or charities. On Fridays there is a Junior Club. Originally for 6-12 year-olds, we now have 13 & 14 year-olds. On Mondays at 7.30pm the Short Heath Singers meet. This is an independent choir led by Caroline Meads . The members come from many churches including a number from Short Heath.Last, but certainly not least. we have our Junior Church on Sundays.We now have a group called “TLC”or “Tea, Laughter & Chat.” This meets on a Wednesday at 1.30 pm – 3.00pm. It is designed to address the lonely of the area. There is an opportunity to meet with others, to play board games, take light exercise and enjoy a game of Bingo. All for £1, including a cup or two of tea or coffee, and biscuits. The premises are also used by other agencies, ie, slimming groups on Monday & Tuesday, Cubs and Scouts meet on a Wednesday. A Dance school on Thursday, Karate & Yoga on Wednesday , Baby Ballet on Thursday and Friday and Zumba on Thursday.|
||Methodism entered Short Heath by way of Bentley Colliery. A Walsall man named Wilkes who was employed at the colliery came to live in the village and began a Methodist witness by opening his cottage for Methodist services. The earliest record we have dates from 1826 – a Sunday School treasurers book reports that the ‘Sabbath Sermons’ collections amounted to £8 1s 0d. A church had been built in Coltham Road with the help of Jimmy George, an agent for the Earl of Lichfield. In 1833 another chapel with a gallery was built in Coltham Road in order to accommodate a growing congregation. Then, in 1881, a third church was built, the present one on the corner of Coltham Road and Wesley Road. The 1833 church was used as a Sunday School until 1958 when the present one was built. It is entitled ‘Wesley Hall. and we have CD recordings of both the stone-laying service and the opening service, both led by Rev. Brian O’Gorman, the then Chairman of the District. There is an Anglican church, Holy Trinity, near to us. We have shared worship with them for quite a while including a Holy Communion service on Thursday mornings. About 10 years ago we signed a covenant recognising our shared activities. Please join us on Sundays or weekdays – or both. On January 1st 2011 Lane Head Methodist Church joined with Short Heath after the closure of the church at Lane Head.
Since 2015 there have been many improvements to the building. Money from the sale of Lane Head has made this possible. What used to be a relatively small “Primary” room has doubled in size to become the “Meeting Room”, the kitchen and toilet areas have been re-furbished and the school floors resurfaced. In the church there are now a set of double doors on entry instead of two side doors, this makes entrance easier for weddings and funerals in particular. There is a newly installed sound system, cd’s can be used for services where required. Disabled access is much improved by the removal of steps in various places and a ramp installed where there were stairs. The exterior of the building has been block paved, improving the approach to the building. A service of dedication of the work was held in the presence of Revs John and Linda Williams
Inside our church we have sufficient seating to accommodate around 150 people, an ideal place for a wedding. It costs £170 to hire our church (Minister and organist fees are separate). Please feel free to contact Margaret Howells 01922402658 to discuss your needs.