Four Oaks Methodist Church
Happy New Year to you all! I trust this has started well for you, and that your NY Resolutions are still reasonably intact...
The season of Epiphany started this week, marking the end of the Christmas celebrations at last. The traditional Epiphany story is of course that of the Visit of the Magi, who had their 'Epiphany' when they realised God's presence in Jesus. Theirs were godly gifts too: gold for a kingly crown; incense for the prayers of God's Spirit in Christ; myrrh for the burial rituals which even anticipated the Resurrection. In our readings we then have the 'epiphany' of God's presence realised at Jesus' baptism, and much later in the season we conclude with the 'epiphany' of God's presence in the story of Christ's Transfiguration.
We still have those 'epiphany' moments when we realise God's presence - perhaps on a walk in the sunshine, perhaps in a quiet moment at home, or even perhaps in a chance conversation in the baked bean aisle at Sainsbury's.
May your 2021 awaken you to epiphany moments of your own.
Rev Stephen Froggatt
During the COVID-19 health crisis many services and activities which normally take place in church are suspended. The general information on our site about activities and services does not apply.
During this time please see in particular three new pages (also found by clicking the big buttons at the top of each page or their titles below) and visit us on Facebook.
Lots of information on where to find services on radio and TV, live services online, service sheets for home worship, materials for Bible study, links for prayer. Keep scrolling for the latest additions and for Revd Stephen's amazing Bible puzzles.
Resources for Junior Church members to be church at home as well, including Junior Church Online on Sunday afternoons and lots of videos, puzzles and activities.
Please contribute to these pages. We want them to be as comprehensive and as up to date as possible. Tell us about something we've missed, anything that's out of date, links that have stopped working. Send us anything you would have wanted to go into our monthly magazine, the Messenger, if instead it might be suitable to go here on the website, or on our Facebook page - or both.
Whilst the health crisis continues to disrupt normal church activities so extensively we won't be updating most of the pages on our site, but we will update these three pages as often as we can - hopefully with your help! Click the big orange button to send us an email.
We are an active Methodist church in the Four Oaks part of Sutton Coldfield, serving the communities of Mere Green and Four Oaks in the northernmost part of Birmingham. The menu will help you find out more about where we are and what we do.
The Frequently Asked Questions button was new just before lockdown began. Generally the answers there tell you the position in more normal times - please refer to the Covid-19, Worship at Home and Junior Church at Home pages for information during the health crisis. If you find that a more general question about what our church is like isn't covered though, or the answer isn't helpful, please tell the website editor.
Although our sturdy old church looks very traditional you will find our facilities are all new. As part of our calling to serve our community, when they aren't in use for services all our rooms are (in normal times) available for rent by getting in touch with our manager. Click this link or look out for the "book a room" buttons.
More than sixty UK churches contributed to this blessing. Our buildings are mostly closed and quiet, but we are the church and you can hear our voice everywhere.