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About Ark

We are a passionate group of Christians who believe that God loves community. We aim to make anyone feel welcome as part of our church family. Our goals are to grow in relationship to God and one another, to seek the lost and to serve the needy. We believe that God has transformed our lives and want to be a people who make a difference wherever we go and whatever we do.

Visiting Us

A worship service takes place every Sunday at 10.30am, The Chapel, St. James Road, Mere Green, B75 5EH.


Our Vision

To offer a creative and contemporary, bible based, Holy Spirit led, church in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

To be a place that hosts the presence of God and where people encounter the risen Lord Jesus.

To be a hub for activities that impact our local community and bring people together in positive ways.

Our Values

The church is a member of the New Wine  network of churches and has adopted their values.

Our Beliefs

The church is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and has adopted their statement of faith.

Our Story

The church was formed in April 2009 by a group of Christians attending St. John’s Church, Walmley. Initially it was anticipated that the new congregation would become a Fresh Expressions Anglican church, hence the original name Anglican Renewal Church (ARC). However, after months of negotiations with the Bishop of Aston, church members decided unanimously to form an independent church instead. 

The fellowship met weekly at Mere Green Library and Community Centre until moving into their own building in September 2015.

From its inception, the church has developed good links with the six other local churches (Baptist, Independent, Methodist, two Anglican and Roman Catholic). As a member of the Four Oaks Churches Together, we meet regularly, engage in Christmas and Easter events and hold shared lunches, services and prayer meetings. 

The church appointed a pastor in May 2013, and Stephen Eaves was ordained in September that year. 

Ark is committed to supporting children, young people and families, and Sam Hughes is the Youth and Children's Leader. 

Our Leaders

As well as Stephen and Sam, the church has three elders who together form a leadership team.

Ark is a registered charity and all church activities are overseen by a group of seven trustees.

In addition, the leaders receive external spiritual accountability and support.