We have a number of links with our local community and with communities in the wider world and we use this page to give some details of these. And now you can also
A group of ladies including some of our church members form the Four Oaks Assembly Team. They take their funny but very memorable sketches, based on well known Bible stories, into various local schools where they are always well received. If you're associated with any of our local primary schools you may know of them already - and if you don't we can put you in touch with them if you like. Contact the office if we can help.
Birmingham City Mission
We collect food, toiletries and sometimes funds for the Basics Bank of Birmingham City Mission, which supports vulnerable families in our city. There is usually a collection after the morning service once a month, but donations can be left at any time in the donations box (currently in temporary lodgings in the church's main entrance). Sometimes the groups serving coffee after the morning service collect donations for BCM too, which we use to buy what the City Mission tell us they are especially short of - click here for the list.
We support Sutton Pastors, who provide a Christian presence in the nightlife of Sutton at weekends. Volunteers from local churches, including ours, serve as a pastoral bridge between the police, door staff, business owners, and the general public who are out and about in the Sutton Coldfield nightlife. The volunteers work Saturday evenings and some Fridays from 9.30 pm until around 2.00 am, serving free hot drinks and sweets, providing free flip flops to ladies who can't manage their heels any more, clearing up bottles and glasses that might become a weapon in a fight. Most of all, the volunteers watch out for the vulnerable and the distressed, and offer a listening ear to those who may be in need of a chat.
If you would like to know more, or might like to try a taster outing with the team, contact Sutton Pastors at email@example.com.
Churches Together in Four Oaks
We collaborate with six other local churches in shared services, events and special occasions, especially around Easter and Christmas.
We discovered that in the Summer a lot of the groups relied on by elderly people in our area are closed and people can become quite isolated as a result. That led us to have some events during the holiday period, open to anyone who wishes to join us. Everyone had a great time and friendships were made and renewed, so we have tried to do something in August every year since. Keep an eye on the News page as each Summer approaches for details.
Turkey and Tinsel
After seeing how popular Open August was, we couldn't resist the temptation to hold an event in the run up to Christmas aimed at the more senior members of our local community. This will be advertised each year around church, in the Messenger and on the News page so watch out for the details each year.
Rev Alex Jones Memorial Methodist School, Nkanfoa, Ghana
Two of our very active members were formerly mission partners in Ghana and closely associated with this school. They raise funds for new classrooms and other projects and visit the school for a time each year. Click the picture to visit their website
In their fundraising they are able to give talks on various topics connected with their time in Ghana and their interest and involvement in Ghanaian culture. We can put you in touch with them if that might be interesting to you - contact the office if that is of interest.
Action for Children
Action for Children is a charity with a long association with Methodism and here in Four Oaks we have a history of providing support to the charity with regular fund raising. Keep an eye out on our website for the next opportunity to join in with these efforts.