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.
Lots of things are changing around us at the moment - changes in people, in organisation and in facilities. During a period of change and transition like this, with all the anxiety that entails, it's more important than ever for us to hold on to the unchanging constancy of God's love for us and to sense his Spirit at work in all we do.
Changes in people: We welcome both Revd Stephen Froggatt and his family, and Deacon Marilyn Slowe to our church. Both Stephen and Marilyn have introduced themselves in the September edition of our monthly magazine and you can read what they have to say on the Minister's Letter page. We look forward to getting to know them.
Stephen will also have pastoral charge of Blackwood and Kingsbury churches. Marilyn will extend her ministry to Blackwood church as well as Four Oaks.
Changes in organisation: 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.
Changes in facilities: The massive redevelopment of all of our community facilities that we have been working towards for many months will be starting imminently. Indeed visitors to church will have seen some signs of activity already. We will put updates and news on the Building Work page, so check there whenever you visit the website for the latest news. Please bear with us once the building starts, as we know (and we apologise in advance) that many of our regular events and facilities will be disrupted.
One source of stability during all this upheaval is the Methodist Church's tradition of engaging in action for social justice. On that subject, please have a look at our Refugee Crisis Page. If your heart also aches at the plight of the refugees you may find there's something you can get involved with.
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.
Another great source of stability will be our fellowship. We can rely on our church groups to operate as normal, save those that rely on the kitchen perhaps. And of course our daily and weekly programme of prayer and worship will carry on undaunted - even if there seems to be a building site all around us, rest assured that the warmth of our welcome will be undimmed!
Nor should we forget that September is a time of new beginnings for many other people as well. We pray especially for all those starting new schools and new classes and all those going away to college and university.
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 September edition you will find:
- some information about the building project
- part 3 of the series on the history of Methodism
- news of a pilgrimage marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from Birmingham's Roman Catholic Cathedral to Lichfield Cathedral, both named for St Chad
- information about our Harvest services on 24 September
- a reminder the Fair Trade Stall will be open on 10 September in church
- a call for hospitality - spare beds are needed on 3 November
- an invitation to join the Ladies Friendship group on a trip to the Wedgwood factory
- pictures from a day out in August attended by about 40 refugees who had lunch in Sutton Park, visited the donkey sanctuary, and, we hope, made some new friends
- pictures from John and Liz' farewell
- a consideration of what we understand by worship
- a piece on early Methodism in Cornwall (yes, it does mention Poldark!)
- articles from some of our members including:
- Mrs Angela Constantine on the subject of togethrness in faith and in God's word
- Revd Dr John Taylor calls on us to extend the right hand of fellowship
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.