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 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.
We're feeling comfortable now in our refurbished halls and rooms. Most of the teething problems are solved now, and we have welcomed back many of those church and community groups who used to meet here and who are also now benefiting from our new facilities. The "Building Work" page is now gone from the website, replaced by details of the Alpha Course we plan to begin in January as part of the process of refreshing and re-invigorating ourselves. Please take a moment to consider whether you can join us on that journey - the more people who participate in the course the more fulfilling it cold be.
Our service on 2 December, which collects toys for disadvantaged children also marks the start of Advent - the church's period of anticipation and preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth. Revd Stephen has some thought-provoking comments on Advent, and the period immediately after Christmas, Epiphany, in his letter in the current edition of The Messenger.
The Christmas period is a busy one for many people, including in the church. There are many additional services listed on the Worship page for instance, and we hope you will find the opportunity to join us. If this is a difficult time for you, as it can be for many of us, you might find comfort in the quiet and reflective time that Deacon Marilyn is leading on 20 December, with the theme "Blue Christmas".
We are also privileged to share our church in December, not only with St Giles' Hospice in the annual Light up a Life Service, but also with carol services for two of our local schools, Coppice and Langley. If you are visiting us to take part in one of those services you are very welcome, and if you might like to spend more time with us please have a look at the Worship and the News pages for forthcoming events. There is information that might help you on the Visitors page.
You can find out lots more about what our church family is involved with in our monthly magazine, The Messenger, which has much 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 email us here at the website and we can send you a pdf.
There is a double edition for December and January and it includes:
- further details of some of the Christmas services and events
- an interesting article on the History of Advent which is a usual supplement to Stephen's letter
- information about the forthcoming Alpha Course in which we hope to enroll as many church members and regulars as possible along with anyone else who would like to share this time with us
- an article from Deacon Marilyn about a new initiative to share Hampers of Love and Light containing Traidcraft goods with people in our local community
- an invitation to contribute (as donor or customer) to a Pound Stall on 20 January to support MHA, with whom we have a long relationship
- an exploration of Our Calling as Methodists
- material on another distinctive element of Methodism, our annual Covenant Service
- reports on the Ladies Friendship Group's outing to a see Weston's Cider being made, and of the result of our fundraising for Bible Society, both causes with devoted adherents!
- material about Christian Aid's "Be a Peacemaker" campaign, some of which you can find on this link
- an invitation to take part in the new monthly Prayer and Praise Fellowship group
- articles from some of our members including these:
- Mr Craig Williamson shares his experiences of his first year as a Scout which have involved a lot of camping - including through the winter!
- Mr Tom Watts reflects on the homelessness crisis and the meaningful responses Christians can make even as an individual
- Mr Bill Vickers reports on the national and international work of the Methodist Church to which as a church and as individuals we contribute every year
- Mr Roger Smith continues his irregular series describing his encounters with God's creation in nature
- Mrs Diana Bosman updates us on developments in Nkanfoa
- Revd Dr John Taylor picks up on the references to Epiphany in Revd Stephen's letter to share some reflections of his own on the significance of "Glory" and the debt Methodists owe to Orthodox Christianity because of the influence Orthodox thinking on scripture had on John and Charles Wesley