Church’s ‘service’ is the Sutton Fun Run

A local church will be forgoing its weekly church service for the 4th year running on Sunday to take part in the Royal Town’s Fun Run.

Matt Yates, Worship Leader at Real Life Church, with the Grease Lightening buggy

Matt Yates, Worship Leader at Real Life Church, with the Grease Lightening buggy

Real Life Church in Sutton Coldfield, which meets at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, is pitting a team of 14 running in support of the highly acclaimed local charity Acacia Family Support.

Last year the church dressed as builders and wheeled around a yellow digger in aid of the Jericho Foundation which runs Re-Users.  This year the theme will be Grease and they will be karting around a bright white Grease Lightening vehicle playing tunes from the popular musical.  They will be handing out treats along the way, so look out for them and offer up a high five as they pass.

Stuart Crane, Leader of the Church and one of the runners said:

“Every year as a local church we run the Fun Run and raise money for a local charity. This year we wanted to support Acacia as we love the work they do locally supporting families who are experiencing pre and postnatal depression. You will see us this year running with a Grease theme – look out for the pink.”

Real Life Church started in 2010 with just 8 members.  Since then it has grown to a regular Sunday morning attendance of over 150.  The Church loves to support community events throughout the year including the Boldmere Music Festival ‘BoldFest’ and the Boldmere Christmas Lights switch-on where their very own band ‘First Request’ are regular performers playing upbeat covers.

The church runs the music stage at the annual Sutton Coldfield Community Games event, bringing in good quality bands from around the area and will be putting on an obstacle course at this year’s Games.

Throughout the year they run events such as a bear themed chocolate hunt, messy Easter and messy Christmas which prove to be highly popular.

Melanie Crane, one of the leaders, said:

“I think that Sutton is an amazing place to live and do life. I believe the church should be good to the community it is a part of. In Real Life Church we intend to be here for Jesus and the good of our community.”

Acacia is a Christian charity which was founded in 2004 by two local mums who both experienced postnatal depression and were determined to help other families.  They have been supporting families ever since.  Their services are free and are available to mums and dads in the Birmingham area who are experiencing pre and postnatal depression.

So far, the Church have raised over £1,000 plus gift aid for Acacia.  Anybody wishing to donate can visit