We are a Methodist Church serving the communities of Four Oaks and Mere Green in Sutton Coldfield in the English 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 John and Liz also have pastoral responsibility for two other churches in the same part of our circuit, at Blackwood and Streetly. We share some services with these churches (have a look on the Worship page for details) and also some other events, such as the Autumn Alpha Course.
We look forward to the Christmas season, a time when we tend to have many extra commitments, in our church life as well as at work, at school and at home. It can be a hectic time, but we hope you will find time to share with us a celebration of the birth of Christ. Have a look at the Worship page for times of services around Christmas. There is sure to be something that will suit you.
Perhaps you are looking forward to the traditional service of lessons and carols on the Sunday morning of 21 December, or the christingle service that afternoon which also features Sunday Club's nativity (come early for that one, it's very popular!). Perhaps you would like to mark the birth of Jesus with us at midnight communion on Christmas Eve, or by joining us for the lively family service on Christmas morning. Or perhaps what you need most is a period of calm and peace away from all the Christmas bustle - if so you will find it on the afternoon of Christmas Eve when the church is open as an oasis of quiet reflection with an opportunity to take communion if you wish.
Very soon after the excitement of Christmas, as Methodists we will be renewing our commitment to God. This year our Covenant Service is on 11 January. It's especially significant that we begin 2015 with a firm statement of where we stand in our relationship with God when - as Revd John mentions in this month's letter - we are about to embark on an examination and definition of our relationship with our community. More on that in the New Year.
If you're not familiar with the prayer at the heart of Methodism's Covenant with God here is a reasonably modern version of it:
I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Revd John's letter, and more information about our activities over the Christmas period can be found in our monthly magazine, The Messenger along with other details about church groups and activities than we could never fit onto the website.
The double edition for December and January has news of the Four Oaks Assembly Team (known to many children and teachers in schools in the area), news of fundraising lunches for Nkanfoa Methodist School in Ghana, and an encouraging piece written by Peter Cashmore on reading and appreciating the Bible. The regular contribution from the Revd Dr John Taylor looks this month at the Annunciation, an event in the traditional Christian calendar that many Methodists have traditionally overlooked.
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.