We are a Methodist Church serving the communities of Four Oaks and Mere Green in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.
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.
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.
You will find details of our services and arrangements of Christmas and in the early New Year on the Worship page and a summary of Christmas services on the News page. You will be welcome at all of those events and we hope there is something that suits everyone. Junior Church has put together a list of its arrangements for Christmas too on the Junior Church page.
The services that are especially family friendly are the Toy Service on 3 December, the service hosted by our Guiding and Scouting groups on 4 December, the afternoon Christingle service on 17 December (you can be a part of the Nativity if you fancy that!) and Christmas Praise at 10.00 on Christmas morning. Or perhaps the traditional Christmas events are your favourites, and you may like the Carol Service on the morning of Christmas Eve or the opportunity to celebrate Holy Communion at midnight. Perhaps you are looking for a time of quiet and reflection in the busyness? You may find that in the midweek service on 20 December.
Why not try something this Christmas that you've never tried before? As Deacon Marilyn reminds us in her letter everything about the first Christmas was unexpected. And wonderful. Give God the chance to catch you by surprise this year!
One of our groups that has had to suspend its meetings during the Building Project is the Baby and Toddler group, but they are having a Christmas party on 14 December. We hope they have a great time.
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 double edition for December and January you will find:
- and update on the financing of our Building Project
- Some highlights from the November meeting of our Church Council
- news of a youth service on the first Saturday of every month at Stockland Green Church in Slade Road
- thoughts on Thanksgiving, on the exhortations to persevere in Hebrews Chapter 13, on Nkanfoa Methodist School in Ghana, on the sad fact that so many rely on food banks,
- pictures from when the BBC's One Show Rickshaw Challenge passed our door on 11 November raising money for Children in Need
- a report from Maggi Carrington of how our Scout Group celebrated an amazing 90 years of Scouting based in our church
- an insight from the Messenger editor Jim Hart into one of his other roles, helping to distribute grants from the national Methodist Church of mission funds raised b Britain's 4,512 Methodist congregations
- an invitation to hear Revd Kathryn Derby, chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital lead our service on 28 January which will focus on the Methodist Church's mission in Britain
- details of our Christmas services so you can complete your diary
- articles from some of our members including:
- Marion and Tom Watts who report on an inspirational series of sessions held during November at South Parade Church on practical ways for the church to understand the communities it serves
- Mr Jack McGinnigle who shares some reflections from his Bible Sunday service at the end of October
- Mr Roger Smith who invites us to make sure we get out to see the beauty of God's creation during this winter season
- Mrs Maggi Carrington who tells us about the fellowship enjoyed by the Ladies Friendship Group on their trip to the Wedgwood factory
- Revd Dr John Taylor who links the miraculous events of Christmas and Easter
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.