Worship with us
These are our regular times of service. Further down the page there are some details of the types of services, and on the Visitors page you will find some information about what to expect at a service.
You can be assured of a warm welcome if you come along to any service. If you need help to come to worship with us, or just someone to encourage you to give it a try, please do contact the office. You could speak to someone beforehand about what happens in church if that would help, or perhaps we could arrange for you to sit with someone who could answer any questions you might have.
On Sundays, there are often two services, with an extra service of Holy Communion each quarter. However, at present we only have Sunday evening services on alternate Sundays. On the Sundays when we do not have an evening service we are invited to worship at South Parade church in Sutton Coldfield.
On Wednesday mornings we have a regular midweek service, sometimes with a visiting preacher.
On Monday mornings between 9.30 and 10.00 there is a prayer meeting in church where everyone who can make it is invited to join us and pray for those in need.
On Monday afternoons at 2.00 pm our Monday Fellowship meets both for fellowship and in worship and everyone is welcome. In April this is what we have in store:
Monday 27 March - Rita Sutton - the von Trapp Story
Monday 2 April - Revd Gerald Hainsworth - Holy Communion
Monday 10 April - Bronwen Finch - an Easter meditation
No meeting on 17 and 24 April during the Easter holiday period
Sunday 26 March - 4th Sunday in Lent - Mothering Sunday
Wednesday 29 March
at 10.30 am Revd John Rowe leads our morning service for Mother's Day
at 6.30 pm Mrs Angela Constantine leads an evening cafe church service with cake and free flowing coffee
Sunday 2 April - 5th Sunday in Lent
at 10.30 am Mr Jack McGinnigle leads our midweek worship
Wednesday 5 April
at 10.30 am Revd Dr Alan Smithson leads us in a service of Holy Communion
Our morning service is followed by our annual church meeting. Please stay to take part in this important annual review of our activities, at which everyone involved with our church or any of the groups which use our facilities is invited to take part. There will be a light sandwich lunch.
there is no evening service at Four Oaks this week
Sunday 9 April - Palm Sunday
at 10.30 am we welcome Revd Colin Gardner to lead our morning service
Wednesday 12 April
at 10.15 meet us in the car park at The Green House in Lichfield Road for a brief service after which we will process down to church to join the main service
at 10.30 am Revd John Rowe leads a family service when our uniformed groups will also parade
at 6.00 pm (earlier than usual) we join friends from across the circuit for a joint service service at Erdington Methodist Church
Thursday 13 April (Maundy Thursday)
at 10.00 Revd Gerald Hainsworth will lead a midweek service of Holy Communion for Holy Week
Friday 14 April (Good Friday)
at 7.30 pm we join with friends at Blackwood Methodist Church for a united service for Holy Week
Sunday 16 April (Easter Day)
at 10.15 we will hold a short service following which we will walk as an act of witness to St James' in Mere Green to join fellow Christians from our area in an outdoor act of worship (or meet us at St James if you feel unable to walk)
at 7.30 pm join us for a special evening service
Wednesday 19 April
at 10.30 join us for a family service of celebration of Christ's resurrection led by Mrs Nikki Murcott. You are invited to bring a small posy of flowers to decorate the wooden cross we will have placed outside church.
at 6.30 pm Revd John Rowe leads us in a service of Holy Communion
Sunday 23 April
at 10.30 am Deacon Phyllis Thorne leads our midweek worship
Wednesday 25 April
at 10.30 am our morning service is led by Deacon Phyllis Thorne
there is no evening service at Four Oaks this week
Sunday 30 April
at 10.30 am our midweek worship is led by Mr Glyn Constantine
at 9.00 am join us for an early service of Holy Communion led by Revd Gerald Hainsworth
at 10.30 am Mrs Angela Constantine leads our morning service
at 6.30 pm join us for a cafe church service led by Revd John and Deacon Liz Rowe
Types of Worship
9.00 am - Holy Communion (held quarterly).
This is quite a traditional Holy Communion using the Methodist Worship Book.
10.30 am - Morning Service
This tends to be fairly traditional although there are ten family services each year which are less so. Those services sometimes have the Scouts, Guides and junior groups parading their flags and taking a part in the service.
Members of our Care Team are usually available after the 10.30 service on Sunday mornings if you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you. Look for the people wearing green name badges.
It is the preferred practice of the church that baptisms take place in the morning rather than the evening service, but these are often held shortly after the main morning service so that all the families can be accommodated.
10.30 am - Wednesday Midweek Service
A short traditional service led by Circuit ministers and Local Preachers, followed by coffee and conversation.
6.30 pm - Evening Worship
This is usually a less formal service, using piano and sometimes our music group instead of the organ, and often with more modern hymns and songs. The Sunday evening service sometimes includes prayers for healing.
About once a month our evening service is cafe church, a relaxed service with a conversational style, fuelled by coffee and cakes on tap throughout.
Joint Services on Sunday Evenings
Circuit services - In the Sutton Park Circuit of Methodist Churches to which we belong we gather together around once a quarter for combined Sunday evening services which are shared by all the churches in the circuit.
Local shared services - Rather more often, about once a month or so, we also get together with our two sister churches, Streetly and Blackwood Methodist Churches for evening worship together.
Churches Together in Four Oaks - We also meet in worship about once a quarter to share a Sunday evening service with friends from the other churches in our area. The members of Churches Together in Four Oaks take it in turns to host these services and the clergy share the responsibilities for leading worship on these occasions.