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.
In the Autumn we began our huge building project. Check out the Building Work page for the latest news on that. We can start to see real change on site now, and to plan for the commissioning of our new facilities on 1 September, but we apologise that until the works are finished many regular events and facilities will be disrupted. The warmth of our welcome is undimmed by the works though, and we have found a way to continue most of our activities.
April this year begins with Easter Day and our celebration of Jesus' resurrection. As Revd Stephen describes in his letter, this unique, unnatural, amazing, controversial event is the very foundation of our Christian faith. After the sombre narrative of Holy Week, we start this month in praise and celebration of this wondrous event and we hope to share that joy with our community as the month progresses. See our News and Community pages for some of the ways this will be happening, and the Worship page for details of services.
On 22 April you will find us worshiping along with everyone else in the Sutton Park Circuit of churches in a big special service we call Celebrating God's Kingdom. See the News and the Worship pages for more details. You will be very welcome to come along to Bishop Walsh School to join the fun.
Just after that, on 24 April, you may meet us at Four Oaks station meeting people as they come home, offering them some chocolate and an invitation to come across to church some time to find out what we're all about. The following evening you can join us for refreshments, to have a look at what's inside our church, meet some of the people who worship there, or just sit quietly and soak up the peace and calm there if you like.
There's another good chance to find out what we're all about in our service on 15 April, which will include our annual general church meeting. We will be looking at our current activities and, more importantly, planning for the future. Everyone is welcome. You don't need to be a church member to come along and participate.
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. 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 April edition you can find:
- advertising for the Circuit event Celebrating God's Kingdom on 22 April (see our News page too)
- an invitation to join the Circuit choir for a service in June with Graham Kendrick
- a reminder of our annual meeting on 15 April - please come to help shape our mission for the future
- an article about the circuit bike riders, raising money on 8 April (see their justgiving page)
- publicity for the Celebrating God's Kingdom service
- invitations to other group events, like the Ladies Friendship Club's Quiz Night, and their outing to the Black Country Living Museum
- a film review of Paul, Apostle of Christ
- reports of successful fundraising and outreach during Fairtrade Fortnight, and on International Women's Day
- an invitation to an open date at the Queen's Foundation on 19 May - a chance to find out if further study might interest you
- advance notice of the dedication and thanksgiving of our new premises which will be in 1 September
- news from around the Methodist world (the Connexion)
- articles from some of our members including these:
- Mr Roger Smith, a regular correspondent on the beauty of God's creation celebrates how this beauty is revealed in the growth of spring plants, the emergence of hibernating animals and the appearance of newly born young
- Two of our younger members, Craig and Edward, share their thinking about the original Easter and how we celebrate it now, illustrated with images of some of their craft models
- Mrs Cathy Snape introduces her new roles as our local representative and point of contact with Bible Society
- Mr Glyn Constantine tells of some of his experiences taking his medical skills to needy communities in Uganda and encourages everyone to take a similar opportunity if it comes along
- Mr Tom Watts, like Glyn a local preacher, reflects on the Biblical imperative to respond to god's love by showing justice and speaking the truth
- Mrs Bronwen Finch encourages us to show thoughtfulness, love and care with a letter, or maybe lots of letters!
- Revd Dr John Taylor examines and endorses the Ministry of the Flowers, how the quiet distribution of church flowers week by week touches lives and nurtures fellowship