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.
The church's calendar has some traditional events marking Autumn. At the beginning of October we celebrated God's goodness and generosity with our harvest service and collected many items to go to local charities. But 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, or even just having a good gossip over a cup of tea and some cake.
But this Autumn, as well as our traditions we also have change in our minds. On 29 October you can meet our architect and the members of our church who have taken on the huge task of designing our big redevelopment project. there will be a chance to look at the designs and ask questions about how it is all going to work, how long it is going to take and when we might be able to get started. As well as the building plans though, Revd John and Deacon Liz will be on hand to explain how our modernised and improved facilities will be central to our plans for serving our community in the coming years. It's an exciting time.
The wider world is also much in our thoughts. The refugee crisis seems to have no end, and our commitment along with the rest of our circuit to helping the refugees as much as we can is undiminished. If you are interested in getting involved you might want to come to the next meeting which is here on 1 November at 7.30 pm. Incidentally, a new letter to MPs has been added to our Refugee Crisis page - please consider if you might be able to send a letter like this to your MP expressing your own concerns.
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.