Four Oaks Methodist Church
We are a busy Methodist church in the Four Oaks part of Sutton Coldfield, and we serve in particular 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. Click on the buttons for more options or follow the links in these paragraphs.
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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 available for rent by getting in touch with our manager. Click this link or look out for the "book a room" buttons.
Happy New Year!
After all the excitement and buzz of Christmas, perhaps you are looking for some calm, a new focus. A new calendar can prompt us to think of trying something fresh. If you haven't been to church before, or not for a long time, then maybe you will find what you are looking for in our company? You will be very welcome.
On Friday 3 January we kick-started 2020 with an evening of serious reflection, and even more serious praise along with friends from around our Circuit! And if Kingdom Praise gave you a taste for celebrating God's presence in our world the next Circuit event is on Saturday 11 January at Stockland Green Methodist Church. See the poster below for details!
No doubt 2020 will bring as many challenges and as much uncertainty as 2019. Amidst the anxieties of 2019, we took comfort from some great news - the final resolution of our friend Lazarus' long struggle to have his asylum claim accepted by the Home Office, which Reverend Stephen records in his letter, was a huge relief that we were delighted to celebrate. We challenge ourselves to be alive to the abundant evidence that God is at work in our troubled world every day and in every place, and to do what we can to advance that work.
This prayer was written for us by Deacon Marilyn.
Our loving God of diversity, forgiveness, restoration and unending grace.
Let your Spirit of equality, forgiveness and acceptance move among your people at Four Oaks Methodist Church. As you have called us to be a beacon of light, let your light shine in and through us.
Forgive your church where difference and misunderstanding has caused hurt and damage among your people. Restore her to be authentic in preaching love, forgiveness and grace; acknowledging there is no Greek or Jew in your kingdom.
I thank you that you have called us together here as your people, not by accident but by divine providence to your high praise and purpose.
I thank you that we share one faith, one baptism and believe in your forgiveness of our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours. This season and forever,
The Cross of Knives
This striking sculpture of a cross with a crown of thorns was created from knives taken off the streets of Birmingham. Many of our local communities have been terribly affected by the scourge of knife crime and our circuit of churches has challenged the government to take effective action to tackle it.
Members of the circuit walked alongside this cross as it was driven from Birmingham to London, culminating in a service in front of Parliament on Good Friday.
The cross itself remains an enduring symbol of our commitment. It was recently on display in our church for a week.