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Outdoor Pentecost Service at Four Oaks

Pentecost Sunday was planned as a Local Arrangement at Four Oaks. We decided to use the opportunity to hold our second outdoor service. The sun shone as we set up and as more people arrived, we had to find more chairs!

It was an uplifting service of praise and testimony. To the delight of young and old, a bubble machine reminded us that the Holy Spirit lifts ‘our’ Spirits, makes us joyful and colours our lives.

As we worshipped together we were reminded that our faith and witness in our neighbourhood needs to be ‘outside our church walls’ as much as possible.

Thy Kingdom Come

Ascension Day (Thursday, 30th May) to Pentecost (Sunday, 9th June)

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer, which the Methodist Church is very much part of.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will

  • Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
  • Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer 

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.

Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the past three years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.

We are praying that the Spirit would inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable.

It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the country to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.

Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, the invitation is to take part this year – along with people and churches from over 65 different denominations in 114 countries around the world.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and that day about three thousand persons were added.” 

Acts 1, 2

For more information and to see a message from our Methodist Youth President,

Jasmine Yeboah, about Thy Kingdom Come – please go to:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/thy-kingdom-come/

Good Friday Witness in Mere Green

Members of Four Oaks are meeting at the church at 10.15am where there will be
a short act of worship. Together with all the other local churches we will then walk to St James for an outdoor service of witness at 11.00am. If you feel unable to walk the distance you’re more than welcome to make your own way to St James to join us. Hot cross buns and tea will be served in the Church Hall afterwards. Please feel free to come and join us for all or part of the morning.

We hope you will then be able to join us on Easter Day 4pm for our Circuit Service of Praise.

Funeral of Mai McGinnigle

Many around the circuit will know Jack and Mai McGinnigle. Mai finally lost her battle against Parkinson’s Disease on 1st April. Her funeral will be on Thursday 18th April at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium at 1.00 pm, followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Four Oaks Church at 2.00 pm. All would be most welcome to join the family.

Birmingham Passion Play

There are just four weeks to go before the Birmingham Passion Play 2019
hits the streets of Birmingham. On the 16th, 17th and 18th April, from
12.30pm- 2pm each day, Saltmine Theatre Company’s actors and
community cast will process through the central Birmingham streets, telling
the extraordinary story of Easter using contemporary script, movement and
song. Well worth turning up to watch and participate.

This is a free event to the public but they are looking for donations
towards running costs. If you would like to donate please visit
http://www.thebirminghampassionplay2019.co.uk.

Revd Edward Heyes funeral

Many in the circuit will remember Ted who for some years attended Four Oaks Church. Sadly he recently passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Ted’s funeral is on Monday, 1st April at 1pm at Worcester Crematorium,
followed by a Thanksgiving Service at Droitwich Methodist Church at 2.30
pm. After the Thanksgiving Service there will be a light tea in the Wesley
room at the church. Everyone is welcome to join the family.