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. We'll put some 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; Marilyn ministers to Blackwood church as well as Four Oaks.
In the Autumn we began our huge building project. Check out the Building Work page for the latest news on that. The external work to the building is mostly finished now, with a swarm of electricians and other tradesmen engaged in finishing everything off. We're hopeful of taking back possession of the new halls and rooms - and having a kitchen and indoor toilets again! - around the end of July. We'll be celebrating the launch of our community facilities in a Grand Re-Opening Ceremony on Saturday 1 September. If somehow that isn't already in your calendar, get the details from the News Page.
Meanwhile, plenty is happening over the Summer. Join us for a Bite Out - a meal at the carvery in Sutton Park on 13 July. And book time to spend as part of the In-Tent on Prayer initiative between 12 and 19 August (more details on the Pray with Us Page). The charity lunches for Nkanfoa school continue. If you missed the Afternoon Tea on 7 July, book yourself in for lunch on 12 August.
On that topic, hospitality being close to Methodist hearts, don't forget that the In-Tent on Prayer week ends on 19 August with a buffet lunch for everyone. We feel a sense of achievement (and relief) as our building project comes to fruition, but as Deacon Marilyn reminds us in her letter in the Summer Edition of The Messenger, buildings are nowhere near as important as the people they can serve.
You can also find out lots more about what our church family is involved with in our monthly magazine, The Messenger, which has much more than than we could fit onto the website. You can pick up a copy in church, or contact the office to be posted a copy, or just email the website and we can send you a pdf.
In the double edition for July and August you can find:
- lots more about the grand re-opening of our community rooms and halls on 1 September
- pictures of a fundraising day we had at Wyevale Garden Centre that raised £185 for Action for Children and details of some of the other fundraising we have done for this one of our longest-established charity relationships
- some photographs to remind us of the Fun Run in June when we were an official water station as well as an unofficial encouragement station - did you know we handed out more than 2,000 cups of water that day?
- a review of the Methodist Church's Prayer Handbook 2018-2019
- an article from Revd Loraine Mellor the immediate past President of Methodist Conference who will be our guest on 1 September
- an advertisement to perhaps the first major event to use our new rooms - the biannual exhibition of Narrow Gauge Midlands on 18 August which promises an inspiring exhibition of at least 16 narrow gauge railways as well as trade stands and many knowledgeable experts to consult
- articles from some of our members including these:
- Mrs Angela Constantine reviews "Dirty Glory" a challenging and exciting book by Pete Greig
- Mr Tom Watts considers the risks we should, and maybe don't take to share God's Word
- Mr Roger Smith continues his occasional series of reflections on God's kingdom taking in all the birds he encountered whilst walking in the countryside
- Mrs Lynette Jones shares the glimpse into the past, the present and the future she was afforded by seeing a 21st century carpenter building a church very close to home
- Revd Dr John Taylor rolls his Rs, twisting his tongue around the traditional 3Rs of school, the 5Rs of safeguarding and others, before focusing on Respect - which we should apply to our immediate neighbours as much as to people of faraway lands