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.
Once a month, on a Saturday afternoon we have Messy Church, from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Keep an eye on our News page for the dates, and click the logo for more details of how Messy Church runs.
It's a time for families to get together, to have a bit of fun (that IS sometimes a bit messy), to spend some time with each other and make new friends, to share a meal, and perhaps to sing some songs. We've found it to be a great way to get in touch with families in our area who don't always find it easy to come to church on Sunday. Just turn up if you'd like to give it a try, or contact the office if you'd like us to put you in touch with someone to tell you more about it or give you some encouragement.
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.
Alpha is a non-threatening introduction into what Christians believe, and why. Alpha courses run all over the world and in every sort of place you can imagine, from churches, to offices, to prisons. You can find out more about Alpha by clicking their logo.
All sorts of people have come to our courses over the years, from church regulars wanting to go back to basics to those with no prior knowledge of Christianity at all. Alpha courses are friendly and casual. No questions are off limits and there is no expectation that Alpha course guests will become involved with our church, or any church afterwards. Many of our courses have been held in church, some at people's homes (for which we are always especially grateful) and most recently we held a course at a local school. Keep an eye on the website for details of the next course.
Churches Together in Four Oaks
We collaborate with a number of local churches in shared services, events and occasions. The most regular of these initiatives at the moment is our monthly cafechurch at Costa Coffee in Mere Green. That has its own website (which also lists all our partner churches in Four Oaks), click this link for details.
The latest collaboration between local churches is the sharing of a Youth Worker, James, who is bringing together some of the young people in our church with those in other nearby churches for friendship and fellowship.
We've discovered that in the Summer a lot of the groups relied on by elderly people in our area are closed and they can become quite isolated as a result. That led us to have lunch in church every Wednesday in August, open to anyone who wishes to join us. A number of our older members invited friends and neighbours. Everyone had a great time and friendships were made and renewed. We had a sort of "reunion" for Open August in October, and we're doing the same again in January.
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. 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.