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.
Revd John and Deacon Liz Rowe lead our church family, and have pastoral responsibility for two other churches in the same part of our circuit, at Blackwood and Streetly. For information about the Methodist Church nationally visit the Church's website.
It wouldn't be Autumn at Four Oaks without our November Fayre. Saturday 26 November is the date to put in your diary - don't miss the chance of picking up a bargain on one of the stalls, or even just having a good gossip over a cup of tea and some cake. Not to mention seeing Father Christmas and of being charmed by the famous puppet friends of Andi Markham of Kids UK.
The wider world is also much in our thoughts. The refugee crisis was back in the news recently with the closure of the Calais camp. We have just refreshed our special Refugee Crisis Page, adding some useful materials and ways that you can get involved. Give it a look. If your heart also aches at the plight of the refugees you may find there's something you can get involved with to help.
We have been collecting shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and they are all just about to start their journey. We pray they all find their way to a child who will know that someone they have never met loves them and cares for them.
As the days lengthen and we approach the season of Advent we also have seasonal occasions on our mind. Keep an eye on our News page for things that are happening with a seasonal flavour, such as
- Tinsel and Turkey senior social event on 30 November
- The St Giles Hospice Light up a Life service on 4 December (if you are visiting us for this popular annual event you may find our Visitors page handy)
- The Scouts and Guides Christmas Carol Service on 5 December
You can also find out lots more about what our church family is involved with in our monthly magazine, The Messenger, lots more than than we could ever fit onto the website. We don't have an October edition and won't have an edition in November because our editor is not well (get well soon Jim), but the September edition is still available and includes
- an explanation of a Mission Action Plan (keep an eye on the Messenger in future months for information about ours)
- articles marking the start of the Methodist New Year which tell of some of the principles of Methodism - and an answer to why we are called Methodists!
- an update on the building project at Nkanfoa church in Ghana for which so many of us have helped to raise funds
- information about our fundraising fir Action for Children
- more information about Celebrating God's Kingdom and the joint service on 25 September
- news about our redevelopment project
- pictures and a report from the brilliant Festival of Flower in July which raised well over £2,000 for our building works
- more instalments in our review of the Bible with Walk Through the Bible Ministries - a summary of the Song of Songs from the Old Testament and 2 Peter from the New
- the latest section of our Old Testament Timeline - from David to the Divided Kingdom
- articles from some of our members including:
- Mrs Nikki Murcott reflects on the seasons of life when contrasted with God's constancy
- Revd Dr John Taylor discusses the social impacts of wearing a clerical collar, good and bad! Is there a third gender - male, female and clergy?
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.