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.
Please note in particular that the church itself is closed
from Monday 30 April until Saturday 26 May.
This will affect services (see the Worship page).
However, for Sunday 20 May, the forecast is good so we'll be celebrating Pentecost and Aldersgate Sunday on the lawn outside.
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 big news in May though is that work is happening in the church itself, and we won't have any services for a time. Have a look at the worship page for details, including some suggestions of local churches where we can worship during this time.
May is an active time in the Church. We thank everyone from our church and all the churches around the UK who will be participating in Christian Aid Week in the week commencing 13 May. The following week is Pentecost, often thought of as the birthday of the Christian Church, when we remember the early disciples being empowered by God's Spirit - read it for yourself in the Book of Acts.
For Methodists, the Sunday nearest to 24 May is also special and remembered as Aldersgate Sunday. It was on 24 May in 1738 that John Wesley, attending a meeting in Aldersgate Street in London, experienced God's love for him in such a profound way that it set the course of the whole of the rest of his life. He wrote in his journal for that night:
I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins.
Because of the closure of the church building for a short time for works, we will be celebrating Pentecost and Aldersgate Sunday on the lawn outside church on Sunday 20 May. Come along for worship as normal at 10.30. The weather forecast is good!
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 May edition you can find:
- advertising for the grand re-opening of our community rooms and halls on 1 September
- some information about John Wesley's experience on 24 May 1738
- an invitation to join the Ladies Friendship Group on their forthcoming outing
- an invitation to the Circuit Service on 20 May at South Parade church which will include stories from mission partners from around the world and the Easter Offering will be dedicated
- a reminder of the work of the Methodist Church in supporting partners around the World Church and an encouragement to give generously to this cause
- reflections on this year's Lent course
- photographs of our building works, and from our Easter Day services, and showing some of the activities of our Scouts
- an invitation to serve the Circuit as its Treasurer and Payroll manager
- an invitation to join a church group going to Spring Harvest 2019
- articles from some of our members including these:
- Mrs Angela Constantine considers the number of times the Bible exhorts us to "have no fear"
- Mrs Nikki Murcott introduces us to the prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come
- Revd Dr John Taylor reflects on how we can be welcoming, not just of visitors to our church but - if we keep our eyes open - newcomers in our community