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Welcome to Holy Trinity Parish Church.  

 

We are a friendly, open parish church in the heart of Sutton Coldfield where all are made welcome whether you are visiting for the first time or have been coming here for many years.

 

We welcome people of all ages and at all stages in their Christian faith. Our churchmanship is 'central' and inclusive.  Our facilities for children help them to feel part of the Church while allowing parents a space to worship and learn.

 

I hope you enjoy browsing our website, and look forward to seeing you at one of our services.

 

John Routh, Rector

Thu

21

May

2015

Approaching £20,000

As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity has just presented its 11th event since being founded in September 2013. On Saturday 16th May, we welcomed Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for a rousing concert. The Friends is committed to showcasing a wide variety of engaging events and this concert followed the acclaimed Lichfield Gospel Choir, and – earlier in the year – a candlelit concert with the ancient sounds of medieval music courtesy of The Night Watch.


What separates the Friends from our major re-ordering transformation project is that we are committed to raising money for the long term aim of preserving and enhancing the existing heritage and fabric of our 700 year old parish church. On that score, we are rapidly approaching a £20,000 surplus since we started fundraising almost 2 years ago. To make sure we meet our target, the next event – Midsummer Muse – needs to be a success … and we’re confident it will be a fitting finale to our 2014/15 season! At 7.30pm on the 20th June, this will be a dreamy evening of poetry and jazz in church presented by some of the region’s most talented musicians. Let’s hope the weather stays fair as we hope to spill out into the sunshine for some Pimms during the interval! Tickets for this event are already on sale on this website and concert sponsorship opportunities are available by e-mailing friends@htsc.org.uk. 


The Friends committee are busy preparing for their 3rd season and are determined to keep the loyalty of our regulars and push the variety of events into unchartered waters. Events being considered include a touring drama company, a harp ensemble and a fantastic opera group. Following on from the success of the first 2, we hope to present a flagship Royal Town Gala Concert at the start of the season in Autumn. Practically, the season will be split between the church which will close for redevelopment at the end of 2015 and the neighbouring Trinity Centre. The TC enables new possibilities and more intimate entertainment.


We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey into our 3rd year and are very appreciative of both our annual subscribers and the generosity of our Lifetime members. Of course, the wider aim of the Friends is to make the church building - and the congregation within it - to be a more prominent and accessible part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield community. Maybe, just maybe, some of those attending our events might just think that Holy Trinity’s not a bad place to spend a Sunday morning.


Sat

02

May

2015

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I'm taking this opportunity to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and send our very best wishes on the birth of a royal princess, at the time of writing, as yet unnamed.


What's been going on with the social Committee? Well, we did the refreshments for the Carols by Candlelight Service; support for the various Friends of Holy Trinity events with the refreshments; organised a leaving do for Zoe our re-ordering campaign manager when she left. It was a cheese and wine evening, with a talk by Roger Lea on the history of Holy Trinity. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening, it ended with an update on the reordering project (over £900,000 towards our £1,600,00 target so far) and a light hearted look to the future of the church by Mike Somers.


We continue to support the Friends of Holy Trinity event for the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir are on Saturday 16th May . Back to the Royal birth, we are planning to hold a 'Bring & Share' lunch to celebrate the occasion.  We are proposing to hold it on Pentecost, Sunday 24th May, so a double celebration, but that may change because it is also the start of the spring bank holiday week so a number of the congregation will be away. 


 We will also do a 'Big Breakfast' event and a Quiz later on, along with some other events, watch this space.


The social committee is very social’ and if anyone would like to join it, new members would be welcome, along with any ideas. 

Colin Ingley

0 Comments

Sun

19

Apr

2015

The whole picture

The other day I bought a jigsaw from a charity shop.  Lovely picture of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and I was half pondering whether I might even mount and frame it after I had done it.  However, when I opened the box to start doing it I made the unwelcome discovery that there were no outside edge pieces in the box at all.  Obviously the previous owner had done what a number of people do; put all the outside edges in a separate bag and forgotten to put the bag in the box.  Such a pity.  I did ask at the charity shop, just in case they had them but they don’t so the puzzle will just have to go in the bin.


The members of one of our youth groups are currently making a film.  It is such good fun and we are having lots of laughs making it but it is a bit like doing a jigsaw without any outside pieces, or indeed, without much of a picture either.  We don’t have a clear idea of what the end result will look like, or where the boundaries might be.  We just have lots of ideas and energy and, dare I say it, talent.   We are feeling our way forward week by week, take by take and seeing where it takes us.  If you are lucky, you MIGHT just get the opportunity to see the finished result at some point but I shouldn’t hold your breath:  we have been working on this project for a few months now and so far, the only nearly-edited-and-fit-to-use content totals 54 seconds!  Watch this space!


Susie Walker

Group Youth Worker

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Wed

01

Apr

2015

Caterpillars and  butterflies

We all need symbols to help us understand what things mean.  Easter is all about the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – new life conquering death.  And it was originally associated with eggs because eggs too are about new life.

 

But if we’re honest, the symbolism of the Easter egg has been lost in the marketing plans of the chocolate industry.  It’s become the Easter equivalent of Father Christmas.  So just for a few minutes think about a different symbol: caterpillars and butterflies. 

One Easter, in the parish where I was a curate, we decorated the church with huge caterpillars & butterflies which the children had made.  It looked lovely, colourful, but people didn’t understand why we’d done it.  So I explained.

 

A caterpillar lives its life for one purpose only: to become a butterfly. There’s only one way to get there.  To become that beautiful butterfly, the form of the caterpillar must die.  From the death of one form, another more glorious form arises. 

 

I find that an almost perfect description of what we’re meant to be celebrating on Easter Sunday.  Jesus died on the cross, and was raised by God.  From his death sprang new, more glorious life.

 

John


(photograph courtesy of bbc.co.uk)

Wed

25

Mar

2015

Joy and despair

Have you ever experienced great joy believing that your greatest wish was about to come true; and have you ever experienced deepest despair when your greatest wish was not been fulfilled? In services on Palm Sunday, this coming weekend, Christians will experience both those extremes of joy and despair.   

 

On Palm Sunday we will listen to a dramatised reading from the Gospel of Saint Mark.  Jesus will be described as riding into Jerusalem and being acclaimed by cheering crowds waving palm leaves.  It is a glorious welcome and one only given to a King.  The crowds that welcome Jesus were confident that he was the Messiah, the saviour that would restore the power of Israel.

However, as the dramatised reading goes on we will hear of the arrest of Jesus, his trial and torture, and of his agonising death on the Cross.  We move from the joy of welcoming a King to despair when we hear of his death.  We experience the extremes of joy and despair.    

 

As Christians we are asked by Jesus to place spiritual values above material ones.  Jesus the King does not value power and wealth.  Instead he comes as a King of peace whose watchwords are love and forgiveness.  Jesus has come into our lives and turned our human values upside down.

 

In a few days time on Maundy Thursday we shall hear the account of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.  Jesus who was welcomed into Jerusalem as an all conquering King will be shown to be the Servant King, and it is in serving others that we shall find the true and everlasting Kingdom.

 

Paul Duckers

Thu

21

May

2015

Approaching £20,000

As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity has just presented its 11th event since being founded in September 2013. On Saturday 16th May, we welcomed Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for a rousing concert. The Friends is committed to showcasing a wide variety of engaging events and this concert followed the acclaimed Lichfield Gospel Choir, and – earlier in the year – a candlelit concert with the ancient sounds of medieval music courtesy of The Night Watch.


What separates the Friends from our major re-ordering transformation project is that we are committed to raising money for the long term aim of preserving and enhancing the existing heritage and fabric of our 700 year old parish church. On that score, we are rapidly approaching a £20,000 surplus since we started fundraising almost 2 years ago. To make sure we meet our target, the next event – Midsummer Muse – needs to be a success … and we’re confident it will be a fitting finale to our 2014/15 season! At 7.30pm on the 20th June, this will be a dreamy evening of poetry and jazz in church presented by some of the region’s most talented musicians. Let’s hope the weather stays fair as we hope to spill out into the sunshine for some Pimms during the interval! Tickets for this event are already on sale on this website and concert sponsorship opportunities are available by e-mailing friends@htsc.org.uk. 


The Friends committee are busy preparing for their 3rd season and are determined to keep the loyalty of our regulars and push the variety of events into unchartered waters. Events being considered include a touring drama company, a harp ensemble and a fantastic opera group. Following on from the success of the first 2, we hope to present a flagship Royal Town Gala Concert at the start of the season in Autumn. Practically, the season will be split between the church which will close for redevelopment at the end of 2015 and the neighbouring Trinity Centre. The TC enables new possibilities and more intimate entertainment.


We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey into our 3rd year and are very appreciative of both our annual subscribers and the generosity of our Lifetime members. Of course, the wider aim of the Friends is to make the church building - and the congregation within it - to be a more prominent and accessible part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield community. Maybe, just maybe, some of those attending our events might just think that Holy Trinity’s not a bad place to spend a Sunday morning.


Sat

02

May

2015

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I'm taking this opportunity to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and send our very best wishes on the birth of a royal princess, at the time of writing, as yet unnamed.


What's been going on with the social Committee? Well, we did the refreshments for the Carols by Candlelight Service; support for the various Friends of Holy Trinity events with the refreshments; organised a leaving do for Zoe our re-ordering campaign manager when she left. It was a cheese and wine evening, with a talk by Roger Lea on the history of Holy Trinity. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening, it ended with an update on the reordering project (over £900,000 towards our £1,600,00 target so far) and a light hearted look to the future of the church by Mike Somers.


We continue to support the Friends of Holy Trinity event for the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir are on Saturday 16th May . Back to the Royal birth, we are planning to hold a 'Bring & Share' lunch to celebrate the occasion.  We are proposing to hold it on Pentecost, Sunday 24th May, so a double celebration, but that may change because it is also the start of the spring bank holiday week so a number of the congregation will be away. 


 We will also do a 'Big Breakfast' event and a Quiz later on, along with some other events, watch this space.


The social committee is very social’ and if anyone would like to join it, new members would be welcome, along with any ideas. 

Colin Ingley

0 Comments

Sun

19

Apr

2015

The whole picture

The other day I bought a jigsaw from a charity shop.  Lovely picture of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and I was half pondering whether I might even mount and frame it after I had done it.  However, when I opened the box to start doing it I made the unwelcome discovery that there were no outside edge pieces in the box at all.  Obviously the previous owner had done what a number of people do; put all the outside edges in a separate bag and forgotten to put the bag in the box.  Such a pity.  I did ask at the charity shop, just in case they had them but they don’t so the puzzle will just have to go in the bin.


read more 2 Comments

Wed

01

Apr

2015

Caterpillars and  butterflies

We all need symbols to help us understand what things mean.  Easter is all about the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – new life conquering death.  And it was originally associated with eggs because eggs too are about new life.

 

But if we’re honest, the symbolism of the Easter egg has been lost in the marketing plans of the chocolate industry.  It’s become the Easter equivalent of Father Christmas.  So just for a few minutes think about a different symbol: caterpillars and butterflies. 

read more

Wed

25

Mar

2015

Joy and despair

Have you ever experienced great joy believing that your greatest wish was about to come true; and have you ever experienced deepest despair when your greatest wish was not been fulfilled? In services on Palm Sunday, this coming weekend, Christians will experience both those extremes of joy and despair.   

 

On Palm Sunday we will listen to a dramatised reading from the Gospel of Saint Mark.  Jesus will be described as riding into Jerusalem and being acclaimed by cheering crowds waving palm leaves.  It is a glorious welcome and one only given to a King.  The crowds that welcome Jesus were confident that he was the Messiah, the saviour that would restore the power of Israel.

read more

Thu

21

May

2015

Approaching £20,000

As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity has just presented its 11th event since being founded in September 2013. On Saturday 16th May, we welcomed Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for a rousing concert. The Friends is committed to showcasing a wide variety of engaging events and this concert followed the acclaimed Lichfield Gospel Choir, and – earlier in the year – a candlelit concert with the ancient sounds of medieval music courtesy of The Night Watch.


What separates the Friends from our major re-ordering transformation project is that we are committed to raising money for the long term aim of preserving and enhancing the existing heritage and fabric of our 700 year old parish church. On that score, we are rapidly approaching a £20,000 surplus since we started fundraising almost 2 years ago. To make sure we meet our target, the next event – Midsummer Muse – needs to be a success … and we’re confident it will be a fitting finale to our 2014/15 season! At 7.30pm on the 20th June, this will be a dreamy evening of poetry and jazz in church presented by some of the region’s most talented musicians. Let’s hope the weather stays fair as we hope to spill out into the sunshine for some Pimms during the interval! Tickets for this event are already on sale on this website and concert sponsorship opportunities are available by e-mailing friends@htsc.org.uk. 


The Friends committee are busy preparing for their 3rd season and are determined to keep the loyalty of our regulars and push the variety of events into unchartered waters. Events being considered include a touring drama company, a harp ensemble and a fantastic opera group. Following on from the success of the first 2, we hope to present a flagship Royal Town Gala Concert at the start of the season in Autumn. Practically, the season will be split between the church which will close for redevelopment at the end of 2015 and the neighbouring Trinity Centre. The TC enables new possibilities and more intimate entertainment.


We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey into our 3rd year and are very appreciative of both our annual subscribers and the generosity of our Lifetime members. Of course, the wider aim of the Friends is to make the church building - and the congregation within it - to be a more prominent and accessible part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield community. Maybe, just maybe, some of those attending our events might just think that Holy Trinity’s not a bad place to spend a Sunday morning.


Sat

02

May

2015

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I'm taking this opportunity to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and send our very best wishes on the birth of a royal princess, at the time of writing, as yet unnamed.


What's been going on with the social Committee? Well, we did the refreshments for the Carols by Candlelight Service; support for the various Friends of Holy Trinity events with the refreshments; organised a leaving do for Zoe our re-ordering campaign manager when she left. It was a cheese and wine evening, with a talk by Roger Lea on the history of Holy Trinity. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening, it ended with an update on the reordering project (over £900,000 towards our £1,600,00 target so far) and a light hearted look to the future of the church by Mike Somers.


We continue to support the Friends of Holy Trinity event for the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir are on Saturday 16th May . Back to the Royal birth, we are planning to hold a 'Bring & Share' lunch to celebrate the occasion.  We are proposing to hold it on Pentecost, Sunday 24th May, so a double celebration, but that may change because it is also the start of the spring bank holiday week so a number of the congregation will be away. 


 We will also do a 'Big Breakfast' event and a Quiz later on, along with some other events, watch this space.


The social committee is very social’ and if anyone would like to join it, new members would be welcome, along with any ideas. 

Colin Ingley

0 Comments

Sun

19

Apr

2015

The whole picture

The other day I bought a jigsaw from a charity shop.  Lovely picture of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and I was half pondering whether I might even mount and frame it after I had done it.  However, when I opened the box to start doing it I made the unwelcome discovery that there were no outside edge pieces in the box at all.  Obviously the previous owner had done what a number of people do; put all the outside edges in a separate bag and forgotten to put the bag in the box.  Such a pity.  I did ask at the charity shop, just in case they had them but they don’t so the puzzle will just have to go in the bin.


read more 2 Comments

Wed

01

Apr

2015

Caterpillars and  butterflies

We all need symbols to help us understand what things mean.  Easter is all about the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – new life conquering death.  And it was originally associated with eggs because eggs too are about new life.

 

But if we’re honest, the symbolism of the Easter egg has been lost in the marketing plans of the chocolate industry.  It’s become the Easter equivalent of Father Christmas.  So just for a few minutes think about a different symbol: caterpillars and butterflies. 

read more

Wed

25

Mar

2015

Joy and despair

Have you ever experienced great joy believing that your greatest wish was about to come true; and have you ever experienced deepest despair when your greatest wish was not been fulfilled? In services on Palm Sunday, this coming weekend, Christians will experience both those extremes of joy and despair.   

 

On Palm Sunday we will listen to a dramatised reading from the Gospel of Saint Mark.  Jesus will be described as riding into Jerusalem and being acclaimed by cheering crowds waving palm leaves.  It is a glorious welcome and one only given to a King.  The crowds that welcome Jesus were confident that he was the Messiah, the saviour that would restore the power of Israel.

read more

Thu

21

May

2015

Approaching £20,000

As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity has just presented its 11th event since being founded in September 2013. On Saturday 16th May, we welcomed Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for a rousing concert. The Friends is committed to showcasing a wide variety of engaging events and this concert followed the acclaimed Lichfield Gospel Choir, and – earlier in the year – a candlelit concert with the ancient sounds of medieval music courtesy of The Night Watch.


What separates the Friends from our major re-ordering transformation project is that we are committed to raising money for the long term aim of preserving and enhancing the existing heritage and fabric of our 700 year old parish church. On that score, we are rapidly approaching a £20,000 surplus since we started fundraising almost 2 years ago. To make sure we meet our target, the next event – Midsummer Muse – needs to be a success … and we’re confident it will be a fitting finale to our 2014/15 season! At 7.30pm on the 20th June, this will be a dreamy evening of poetry and jazz in church presented by some of the region’s most talented musicians. Let’s hope the weather stays fair as we hope to spill out into the sunshine for some Pimms during the interval! Tickets for this event are already on sale on this website and concert sponsorship opportunities are available by e-mailing friends@htsc.org.uk. 


The Friends committee are busy preparing for their 3rd season and are determined to keep the loyalty of our regulars and push the variety of events into unchartered waters. Events being considered include a touring drama company, a harp ensemble and a fantastic opera group. Following on from the success of the first 2, we hope to present a flagship Royal Town Gala Concert at the start of the season in Autumn. Practically, the season will be split between the church which will close for redevelopment at the end of 2015 and the neighbouring Trinity Centre. The TC enables new possibilities and more intimate entertainment.


We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey into our 3rd year and are very appreciative of both our annual subscribers and the generosity of our Lifetime members. Of course, the wider aim of the Friends is to make the church building - and the congregation within it - to be a more prominent and accessible part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield community. Maybe, just maybe, some of those attending our events might just think that Holy Trinity’s not a bad place to spend a Sunday morning.


Sat

02

May

2015

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I'm taking this opportunity to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and send our very best wishes on the birth of a royal princess, at the time of writing, as yet unnamed.


What's been going on with the social Committee? Well, we did the refreshments for the Carols by Candlelight Service; support for the various Friends of Holy Trinity events with the refreshments; organised a leaving do for Zoe our re-ordering campaign manager when she left. It was a cheese and wine evening, with a talk by Roger Lea on the history of Holy Trinity. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening, it ended with an update on the reordering project (over £900,000 towards our £1,600,00 target so far) and a light hearted look to the future of the church by Mike Somers.


We continue to support the Friends of Holy Trinity event for the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir are on Saturday 16th May . Back to the Royal birth, we are planning to hold a 'Bring & Share' lunch to celebrate the occasion.  We are proposing to hold it on Pentecost, Sunday 24th May, so a double celebration, but that may change because it is also the start of the spring bank holiday week so a number of the congregation will be away. 


 We will also do a 'Big Breakfast' event and a Quiz later on, along with some other events, watch this space.


The social committee is very social’ and if anyone would like to join it, new members would be welcome, along with any ideas. 

Colin Ingley

0 Comments

Sun

19

Apr

2015

The whole picture

The other day I bought a jigsaw from a charity shop.  Lovely picture of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and I was half pondering whether I might even mount and frame it after I had done it.  However, when I opened the box to start doing it I made the unwelcome discovery that there were no outside edge pieces in the box at all.  Obviously the previous owner had done what a number of people do; put all the outside edges in a separate bag and forgotten to put the bag in the box.  Such a pity.  I did ask at the charity shop, just in case they had them but they don’t so the puzzle will just have to go in the bin.


read more 2 Comments

Wed

01

Apr

2015

Caterpillars and  butterflies

We all need symbols to help us understand what things mean.  Easter is all about the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – new life conquering death.  And it was originally associated with eggs because eggs too are about new life.

 

But if we’re honest, the symbolism of the Easter egg has been lost in the marketing plans of the chocolate industry.  It’s become the Easter equivalent of Father Christmas.  So just for a few minutes think about a different symbol: caterpillars and butterflies. 

read more

Wed

25

Mar

2015

Joy and despair

Have you ever experienced great joy believing that your greatest wish was about to come true; and have you ever experienced deepest despair when your greatest wish was not been fulfilled? In services on Palm Sunday, this coming weekend, Christians will experience both those extremes of joy and despair.   

 

On Palm Sunday we will listen to a dramatised reading from the Gospel of Saint Mark.  Jesus will be described as riding into Jerusalem and being acclaimed by cheering crowds waving palm leaves.  It is a glorious welcome and one only given to a King.  The crowds that welcome Jesus were confident that he was the Messiah, the saviour that would restore the power of Israel.

read more

Thu

21

May

2015

Approaching £20,000

As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity has just presented its 11th event since being founded in September 2013. On Saturday 16th May, we welcomed Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for a rousing concert. The Friends is committed to showcasing a wide variety of engaging events and this concert followed the acclaimed Lichfield Gospel Choir, and – earlier in the year – a candlelit concert with the ancient sounds of medieval music courtesy of The Night Watch.


What separates the Friends from our major re-ordering transformation project is that we are committed to raising money for the long term aim of preserving and enhancing the existing heritage and fabric of our 700 year old parish church. On that score, we are rapidly approaching a £20,000 surplus since we started fundraising almost 2 years ago. To make sure we meet our target, the next event – Midsummer Muse – needs to be a success … and we’re confident it will be a fitting finale to our 2014/15 season! At 7.30pm on the 20th June, this will be a dreamy evening of poetry and jazz in church presented by some of the region’s most talented musicians. Let’s hope the weather stays fair as we hope to spill out into the sunshine for some Pimms during the interval! Tickets for this event are already on sale on this website and concert sponsorship opportunities are available by e-mailing friends@htsc.org.uk. 


The Friends committee are busy preparing for their 3rd season and are determined to keep the loyalty of our regulars and push the variety of events into unchartered waters. Events being considered include a touring drama company, a harp ensemble and a fantastic opera group. Following on from the success of the first 2, we hope to present a flagship Royal Town Gala Concert at the start of the season in Autumn. Practically, the season will be split between the church which will close for redevelopment at the end of 2015 and the neighbouring Trinity Centre. The TC enables new possibilities and more intimate entertainment.


We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey into our 3rd year and are very appreciative of both our annual subscribers and the generosity of our Lifetime members. Of course, the wider aim of the Friends is to make the church building - and the congregation within it - to be a more prominent and accessible part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield community. Maybe, just maybe, some of those attending our events might just think that Holy Trinity’s not a bad place to spend a Sunday morning.


Sat

02

May

2015

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I'm taking this opportunity to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and send our very best wishes on the birth of a royal princess, at the time of writing, as yet unnamed.


What's been going on with the social Committee? Well, we did the refreshments for the Carols by Candlelight Service; support for the various Friends of Holy Trinity events with the refreshments; organised a leaving do for Zoe our re-ordering campaign manager when she left. It was a cheese and wine evening, with a talk by Roger Lea on the history of Holy Trinity. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening, it ended with an update on the reordering project (over £900,000 towards our £1,600,00 target so far) and a light hearted look to the future of the church by Mike Somers.


We continue to support the Friends of Holy Trinity event for the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir are on Saturday 16th May . Back to the Royal birth, we are planning to hold a 'Bring & Share' lunch to celebrate the occasion.  We are proposing to hold it on Pentecost, Sunday 24th May, so a double celebration, but that may change because it is also the start of the spring bank holiday week so a number of the congregation will be away. 


 We will also do a 'Big Breakfast' event and a Quiz later on, along with some other events, watch this space.


The social committee is very social’ and if anyone would like to join it, new members would be welcome, along with any ideas. 

Colin Ingley

0 Comments

Sun

19

Apr

2015

The whole picture

The other day I bought a jigsaw from a charity shop.  Lovely picture of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and I was half pondering whether I might even mount and frame it after I had done it.  However, when I opened the box to start doing it I made the unwelcome discovery that there were no outside edge pieces in the box at all.  Obviously the previous owner had done what a number of people do; put all the outside edges in a separate bag and forgotten to put the bag in the box.  Such a pity.  I did ask at the charity shop, just in case they had them but they don’t so the puzzle will just have to go in the bin.


read more 2 Comments

Wed

01

Apr

2015

Caterpillars and  butterflies

We all need symbols to help us understand what things mean.  Easter is all about the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – new life conquering death.  And it was originally associated with eggs because eggs too are about new life.

 

But if we’re honest, the symbolism of the Easter egg has been lost in the marketing plans of the chocolate industry.  It’s become the Easter equivalent of Father Christmas.  So just for a few minutes think about a different symbol: caterpillars and butterflies. 

read more

Wed

25

Mar

2015

Joy and despair

Have you ever experienced great joy believing that your greatest wish was about to come true; and have you ever experienced deepest despair when your greatest wish was not been fulfilled? In services on Palm Sunday, this coming weekend, Christians will experience both those extremes of joy and despair.   

 

On Palm Sunday we will listen to a dramatised reading from the Gospel of Saint Mark.  Jesus will be described as riding into Jerusalem and being acclaimed by cheering crowds waving palm leaves.  It is a glorious welcome and one only given to a King.  The crowds that welcome Jesus were confident that he was the Messiah, the saviour that would restore the power of Israel.

read more

Thu

21

May

2015

Approaching £20,000

As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity has just presented its 11th event since being founded in September 2013. On Saturday 16th May, we welcomed Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for a rousing concert. The Friends is committed to showcasing a wide variety of engaging events and this concert followed the acclaimed Lichfield Gospel Choir, and – earlier in the year – a candlelit concert with the ancient sounds of medieval music courtesy of The Night Watch.


What separates the Friends from our major re-ordering transformation project is that we are committed to raising money for the long term aim of preserving and enhancing the existing heritage and fabric of our 700 year old parish church. On that score, we are rapidly approaching a £20,000 surplus since we started fundraising almost 2 years ago. To make sure we meet our target, the next event – Midsummer Muse – needs to be a success … and we’re confident it will be a fitting finale to our 2014/15 season! At 7.30pm on the 20th June, this will be a dreamy evening of poetry and jazz in church presented by some of the region’s most talented musicians. Let’s hope the weather stays fair as we hope to spill out into the sunshine for some Pimms during the interval! Tickets for this event are already on sale on this website and concert sponsorship opportunities are available by e-mailing friends@htsc.org.uk. 


The Friends committee are busy preparing for their 3rd season and are determined to keep the loyalty of our regulars and push the variety of events into unchartered waters. Events being considered include a touring drama company, a harp ensemble and a fantastic opera group. Following on from the success of the first 2, we hope to present a flagship Royal Town Gala Concert at the start of the season in Autumn. Practically, the season will be split between the church which will close for redevelopment at the end of 2015 and the neighbouring Trinity Centre. The TC enables new possibilities and more intimate entertainment.


We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey into our 3rd year and are very appreciative of both our annual subscribers and the generosity of our Lifetime members. Of course, the wider aim of the Friends is to make the church building - and the congregation within it - to be a more prominent and accessible part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield community. Maybe, just maybe, some of those attending our events might just think that Holy Trinity’s not a bad place to spend a Sunday morning.


Sat

02

May

2015

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I'm taking this opportunity to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and send our very best wishes on the birth of a royal princess, at the time of writing, as yet unnamed.


What's been going on with the social Committee? Well, we did the refreshments for the Carols by Candlelight Service; support for the various Friends of Holy Trinity events with the refreshments; organised a leaving do for Zoe our re-ordering campaign manager when she left. It was a cheese and wine evening, with a talk by Roger Lea on the history of Holy Trinity. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening, it ended with an update on the reordering project (over £900,000 towards our £1,600,00 target so far) and a light hearted look to the future of the church by Mike Somers.


We continue to support the Friends of Holy Trinity event for the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir are on Saturday 16th May . Back to the Royal birth, we are planning to hold a 'Bring & Share' lunch to celebrate the occasion.  We are proposing to hold it on Pentecost, Sunday 24th May, so a double celebration, but that may change because it is also the start of the spring bank holiday week so a number of the congregation will be away. 


 We will also do a 'Big Breakfast' event and a Quiz later on, along with some other events, watch this space.


The social committee is very social’ and if anyone would like to join it, new members would be welcome, along with any ideas. 

Colin Ingley

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Sun

19

Apr

2015

The whole picture

The other day I bought a jigsaw from a charity shop.  Lovely picture of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and I was half pondering whether I might even mount and frame it after I had done it.  However, when I opened the box to start doing it I made the unwelcome discovery that there were no outside edge pieces in the box at all.  Obviously the previous owner had done what a number of people do; put all the outside edges in a separate bag and forgotten to put the bag in the box.  Such a pity.  I did ask at the charity shop, just in case they had them but they don’t so the puzzle will just have to go in the bin.


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Wed

01

Apr

2015

Caterpillars and  butterflies

We all need symbols to help us understand what things mean.  Easter is all about the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – new life conquering death.  And it was originally associated with eggs because eggs too are about new life.

 

But if we’re honest, the symbolism of the Easter egg has been lost in the marketing plans of the chocolate industry.  It’s become the Easter equivalent of Father Christmas.  So just for a few minutes think about a different symbol: caterpillars and butterflies. 

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Wed

25

Mar

2015

Joy and despair

Have you ever experienced great joy believing that your greatest wish was about to come true; and have you ever experienced deepest despair when your greatest wish was not been fulfilled? In services on Palm Sunday, this coming weekend, Christians will experience both those extremes of joy and despair.   

 

On Palm Sunday we will listen to a dramatised reading from the Gospel of Saint Mark.  Jesus will be described as riding into Jerusalem and being acclaimed by cheering crowds waving palm leaves.  It is a glorious welcome and one only given to a King.  The crowds that welcome Jesus were confident that he was the Messiah, the saviour that would restore the power of Israel.

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Thu

21

May

2015

Approaching £20,000

As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity has just presented its 11th event since being founded in September 2013. On Saturday 16th May, we welcomed Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for a rousing concert. The Friends is committed to showcasing a wide variety of engaging events and this concert followed the acclaimed Lichfield Gospel Choir, and – earlier in the year – a candlelit concert with the ancient sounds of medieval music courtesy of The Night Watch.


What separates the Friends from our major re-ordering transformation project is that we are committed to raising money for the long term aim of preserving and enhancing the existing heritage and fabric of our 700 year old parish church. On that score, we are rapidly approaching a £20,000 surplus since we started fundraising almost 2 years ago. To make sure we meet our target, the next event – Midsummer Muse – needs to be a success … and we’re confident it will be a fitting finale to our 2014/15 season! At 7.30pm on the 20th June, this will be a dreamy evening of poetry and jazz in church presented by some of the region’s most talented musicians. Let’s hope the weather stays fair as we hope to spill out into the sunshine for some Pimms during the interval! Tickets for this event are already on sale on this website and concert sponsorship opportunities are available by e-mailing friends@htsc.org.uk. 


The Friends committee are busy preparing for their 3rd season and are determined to keep the loyalty of our regulars and push the variety of events into unchartered waters. Events being considered include a touring drama company, a harp ensemble and a fantastic opera group. Following on from the success of the first 2, we hope to present a flagship Royal Town Gala Concert at the start of the season in Autumn. Practically, the season will be split between the church which will close for redevelopment at the end of 2015 and the neighbouring Trinity Centre. The TC enables new possibilities and more intimate entertainment.


We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey into our 3rd year and are very appreciative of both our annual subscribers and the generosity of our Lifetime members. Of course, the wider aim of the Friends is to make the church building - and the congregation within it - to be a more prominent and accessible part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield community. Maybe, just maybe, some of those attending our events might just think that Holy Trinity’s not a bad place to spend a Sunday morning.


Sat

02

May

2015

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I'm taking this opportunity to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and send our very best wishes on the birth of a royal princess, at the time of writing, as yet unnamed.


What's been going on with the social Committee? Well, we did the refreshments for the Carols by Candlelight Service; support for the various Friends of Holy Trinity events with the refreshments; organised a leaving do for Zoe our re-ordering campaign manager when she left. It was a cheese and wine evening, with a talk by Roger Lea on the history of Holy Trinity. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening, it ended with an update on the reordering project (over £900,000 towards our £1,600,00 target so far) and a light hearted look to the future of the church by Mike Somers.


We continue to support the Friends of Holy Trinity event for the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir are on Saturday 16th May . Back to the Royal birth, we are planning to hold a 'Bring & Share' lunch to celebrate the occasion.  We are proposing to hold it on Pentecost, Sunday 24th May, so a double celebration, but that may change because it is also the start of the spring bank holiday week so a number of the congregation will be away. 


 We will also do a 'Big Breakfast' event and a Quiz later on, along with some other events, watch this space.


The social committee is very social’ and if anyone would like to join it, new members would be welcome, along with any ideas. 

Colin Ingley

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We are asking what you think we should be doing for the community?


Part of the role of a parish church is to serve the needs of the wider community.  At Holy Trinity we try hard to do that - we provide a place for community groups to meet, we support the Baptist Church food bank, we visit those who are seriously ill when we're asked to.


We've been giving some thought to what else we should do.  And we've decided that, rather than deciding for ourselves and ending up doing something which nobody really wants, we should first ask everyone in the parish what you think is needed. 


We're not a huge congregation (if only we were!), and our resources of time and finance are limited.  That limits what we could take on, so we can't promise to do what you suggest.  But we are interested to know, and we promise to consider any genuine ideas prayerfully and respectfully.


So we're asking for your input.  If there is one thing that the people of Holy Trinity could do to help the wider community, what do you think it should be?  Send your suggestions to the parish office on the form below.


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