We are a Methodist Church serving the communities of Four Oaks and Mere Green in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.
You are assured of a warm welcome if you join us for any of our services and events. There are directions and details of how to find us on the For Visitors page and if you may need any help to join us do please contact the office.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience whilst our building project is going ahead and check for news on the Building Work page.
The builders are letting us take pictures of the work every so often and we'll put those on our Facebook page,so visit us there to see what's been going on.
Revd Stephen Froggatt and Deacon Marilyn Slowe have pastoral responsibility for our church. Stephen also has pastoral charge of Blackwood and Kingsbury churches, and Marilyn ministers to Blackwood church as well as Four Oaks.
Stephen and Marilyn both joined us this Summer at a time of exciting change in our church. Scarcely had we welcomed them than we finally began our huge building project (we did tell them about it, honestly!) Check out the Building Work page for the latest news on that. We've started to come to terms with the chaos now, but we apologise that until the works are finished next Summer many of our regular events and facilities will be disrupted.
Stephen and Marilyn have helped us meet the challenge of this project by challenging us to pray for 24 hours at the beginning of December. Can you spend some time In-Tent on Prayer (yes, there will be a prayer tent in church, sorry, we couldn't resist the pun)? Can you join at the end of the 24 hours of prayer at 6.00 pm on 2 December for a time of celebration as we give thanks for everything God has provided for us and put our trust in Him for what is to come? See the News page.
The warmth of our welcome is undimmed by the works, and we have found a way to continue most of activities one way or another. We look forward to welcoming many friends and visitors in the weeks to come. We are proud to join with St Giles Hospice on 3 December for the annual Light up a Life service.
One thing we cannot manage this year though is our annual November Fayre, so we apologise to all those who will miss the chance to share tea and cake with their friends, meet Santa, and get started on that Christmas shopping. We are conscious though that this may affect our fundraising for Methodist Missions in the UK and elsewhere (which is where our profits from this event generally go) and if you would like to make a donation to those causes there are details in The Messenger or you can contact the office.
Some of the things we do can only continue in temporary accommodation elsewhere of course, especially things that need space, or a kitchen, or both. We've collected some of these on the Building Works page. Another is the annual Christmas social for our senior members and friends, Turkey and Tinsel. We are delighted to have been offered another venue for this year - see the News and Events page for details. It's on 23 November, so get a ticket as soon as you can.
November has something of a theme of remembrance, as Stephen remarks in this month's letter. The November edition of our magazine The Messenger also includes the results of some research on the names of the seven men commemorated in our church's war memorial to the Great War. It seems especially appropriate to remember them this year as no fewer than three of the seven were killed in action on the same day, a hundred years ago on 4 October 1917. We have reproduced that research on a special page of the website. They will be particularly in our thoughts at our Remembrance Service on 12 November.
Did you know that you can make a donation to our work in church and in our local community just by sending a text message? Have a look at the Giving Page for details.
You can also find out lots more about what our church family is involved with in our monthly magazine, The Messenger, which has lots more than than we could fit onto the website. In the October edition you will find:
- further information about the building project
- A description of the work of Methodist Women in Britain
- part 5 of the series on the history of Methodism, focusing on the uniting of Methodist strands
- details of our long running associated with Action for Children and an invitation to be part of our fund raising
- an invitation to a series of Saturday morning sessions throughout November at South Parade Church on practical ways for the church to understand the communities it serves
- an invitation to Turkey and Tinsel
- pictures from our brilliant Church Anniversary services
- more information about the 24 hour prayer chain
- more analysis of our Methodist calling - this month, what do we mean by evangelism?
- news of a locomotive to be named after John Wesley
- a list of our Christmas services so you can complete your diary
- articles from some of our members including:
- Mrs Bronwen Finch reflects on a message from Philippians, via the world of Minecraft
- Mrs Lynette Jones continues the theme of remembrance by inviting us to remember All Saints Day
- Revd Dr John Taylor reminds us that we need to consider both Christmas and Easter to appreciate the fullness of Jesus
If you don't already receive a copy of The Messenger, pick one up when you are in church or contact the office if you would like us to send you one.