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 and find out some of the things that make Methodism distinctive.
We start April with our annual Church General Meeting on 2 April. The meeting is open to everyone who is associated with our church or any of its activities and is one of the most important occasions in our calendar, when we shape our activities and vision for the next 12 months. Please come along and be a part of it. There are more details on the News Page.
The coming year promises to be one of challenge and excitement for us domestically at Four Oaks. Revd John's retirement will see a change in our spiritual leadership as we welcome Revd Stephen Froggatt and his family in the Summer. We expect too that we will be starting on our grand redevelopment project to fit our church for the challenge of being a beacon to Christ in the future. Do come to the meeting.
The Methodist Church has a particular tradition of action for social justice which we strive to uphold here in our church too. Recently we refreshed our special Refugee Crisis Page, adding some useful materials and ways that you can get involved. Give it a look. If your heart also aches at the plight of the refugees you may find there's something you can get involved with.
April also includes Holy Week, and as always there will be a number of special services and activities to mark the Easter period. This is the most important time of the year for Christians and we would love you to share this time with us. Have a look at the details on our Worship page and do please come and join us.
You can also find out lots more about what our church family is involved with in our monthly magazine, The Messenger, which has lots more than than we could ever fit onto the website. The April edition includes:
- a handy summary of the Holy Week and Easter services, including an invitation to help decorate the church for Easter Sunday on the Saturday morning if you are free
- an update on the building works (the latest plans are on display in church too)
- an invitation to join the World Mission Conference on refugees in June
- welcome news of an additional chance to buy The Real Easter Egg in church on 2 April
- news of some of our activities raising funds for Action for Children and plans for Christian Aid Week in May and a report of our fundraising during Fair Trade Fortnight
- part 1 of a handy New Testament Timeline
- articles from some of our members including:
- David and Jill Powell report on the introduction of the Alison Mander Kindness Award in one of our local primary schools, inspired by their daughter
- Revd Dr John Taylor our hardest-working contributor shares two different thoughts - confessing to his dread of official forms and processes but confident in his assurance that nothing like that will stand in his way into God's Kingdom, and daring us all to be true to our nonconformist roots and as Fools For Christ change the world by seeing it as God does
- Mrs Lynette Jones is excited about the chance to do some spiritual spring cleaning
- Jim Hart (the Editor!) shares some experiences of everyday evangelism
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.