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.
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 have both joined us at a time of exciting change in our church. Starting at the beginning of October, the redevelopment of our community facilities that we have been working towards for many months will be getting underway in earnest. We will put updates on the Building Work page, so check that page whenever you visit the website. 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.
Please bear with us once the building starts. We know, and we apologise in advance that many of our regular events and facilities will be disrupted. Rest assured though that even if there seems to be a building site all around us the warmth of our welcome will be undimmed!
Many things will continue regardless of our domestic upheaval. On the Building Works page you will see that many of our church groups have found ways to keep their activities running. In many cases they are being hosted by other churches in our area and we are very grateful for the hospitality that has been offered by so many local friends.
None of these changes is going to slow down our work collecting funds and resources for causes close to our hearts: the regular monthly collections for the Basics Bank will go on as always; so too the lunches and other events for Nkanfoa school in Ghana; and all of our regular efforts for Action for Children, All We Can, MHA and others, including our contributions to the Circuit's efforts in response to the refugee crisis.
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.
Our Sutton Park Circuit of churches is changing. Going forward, we will be part of the suburban "cluster" along with the Methodist churches at South Parade, Streetly, Blackwood and Kingsbury, and we will also be paired with on of the churches from the city "cluster", in our case we will pair with Nechells church. During October we will be taking the first steps to establish firm links of fellowship with Nechells church.
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 October edition you will find:
- further information about the building project
- part 4 of the series on the history of Methodism, charting the creation of various strands of Methodism in the early 19th Century
- calls for hospitality - spare beds are still needed on 3 November, and drivers are needed to help members of Luncheon Club get to and from meetings
- details of the Ladies Friendship group on a trip to the Wedgwood factory on 11 October
- advance notice of our annual gift day in November for Action for Children
- more news of some of our younger members who are off to university or making their way in their chosen careers
- more analysis of our Methodist calling - this month, what do we mean by learning and caring, and by service?
- an appeal for help from Mission in Britain
- a report of J John's event at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire
- articles from some of our members including:
- Deacon Phyllis Thorne reminds us of the milestones on the journey of Christian journey through baptism, confirmation, church membership and the Methodist covenant service
- Mr Roger Smith finds spectacular beauty in God's kingdom on a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum
- Mrs Nikki Murcott reviews "Dirty Glory" by Pete Greig
- Mr Tom Watts writes of the social evils in gambling
- Revd Dr John Taylor's would like us to speak in a Christian accent, regardless of what else our accents might tell listeners of where we grew up
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.