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 last 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 though, and we have found a way to continue most of activities one way or another.
Methodists traditionally re-dedicate themselves to God at the beginning of each year in a service which includes the Covenant Prayer. This year our Covenant Service was held on Sunday 21 January and we committed ourselves to this New Year. With Lent beginning on 14 February our challenge is to maintain that commitment, but as Revd Stephen reminds us in his letter this month, we never have to take on that challenge alone.
Part of our preparation will be the annual Lent course - this year there are opportunities to join the course at three different times of the day and three locations so we hope lots of people can take part. Details are on the News page.
Whilst you're there, you'll see details of the Fairtrade coffee morning. Put that in your diary as well. It's on 24 February and the opportunity to sample lots of Fairtrade goodies is not to be missed.
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 February edition you can find:
- prayers for our renewal and for the forthcoming Fairtrade Fortnight
- advertising for the Circuit event Celebrating God's Kingdom on 22 April (see our News page too)
- an article discussing what Lent really is
- an explanation of what Methodists mean when we talk about The Connexion - which is also the name of the Methodist Church magazine, pick up a copy when you're in church
- The New Year message of Revd Lorraine Mellor, President of the Conference of the Methodist Church
- pictures from some of our Christmas events and services
- news from Steve Wild, Chair of Cornwall District, who was our guest preacher in October for our anniversary services, about an interesting development in his district
- a discussion of why we go to church in the first place from Revd Graham Thompson, Chair of the Plymouth and Exeter District
- articles from some of our members including these:
- Mr Glyn Constantine explains how the modern Methodist Church evolved
- Mr Tom Watts shares some thoughts from his period of illness during Advent from which we are delighted to seem him recovering so well
- Reflections from Mrs Sarah Steel and Mrs Cathy Snape from our 24 hour "Intent on Prayer event from 1-2 December
- Revd Dr John Taylor considers what would really constitute Good News, and challenges us to mean it with absolute sincerity when we say we have Good News for everyone
Did you know you can make a donation to our work in church and in our local community just by sending a text message? See the Giving Page for details.