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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
Please bear with us!
At present the church is being re-ordered. A new entrance will make it wheelchair and pushchair friendly. We'll be having new heating and seating. While this is being carried out all our services are taking place in the Trinity Centre and our car park has temporarily reduced capacity. The work should be finished by September.
Please bear with us whilst this is all going on.
That was a surprise. Not so much the result as the change of heart overnight. I went to bed with the media forecasting a win for ‘Remain’. I woke to the media forecasting a win for ‘Leave’. Did something weird happen whilst I was asleep? On second thoughts, maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise – the pollsters don’t have the best of records in recent times!
Anyway, we now know the outcome. The simple bit – the vote – is over. Now comes the difficult bit - the real work. Now comes the slow extraction of Britain from the European Union. Now comes a period of turmoil in the financial markets and probably in the real economy too. Now come calls for further referenda – for independence in Scotland and Northern Ireland where the vote was to Remain.
And now comes the urgent need to reunify our community. Because it’s clear that it’s deeply fractured. Roughly half wanted to Leave, roughly half wanted to Remain. The EU referendum didn't cause the fracture – the division was always there. But it certainly made it worse. For there’s no room left for shades of grey in a referendum. Leave or Remain? It’s all about making a black and white choice – about choosing a tribe.
We will move on from this somehow, though the path isn’t yet clear. We’ll come out on the other side of a period of economic turmoil with a new political settlement. And we’ll rebuild a sense of unified community.
And the church has a role in all of this: to proclaim the good news – that hope conquers despair, love conquers hate, and new life conquers death. To proclaim a kingdom better than either option offered in that referendum.
We live in a time of tension. Events in the news have raised our awareness of immigration – legal and illegal – and of terrorism committed by some who claim to follow Islam. We are becoming fearful and suspicious of people who appear to be different from us.
Leaders of the churches and of the Muslim community in Sutton Coldfield have been in conversation with each other for some time now. We find we like each other as people. We find that our faiths our different, but worthy of mutual respect. We are committed to living alongside each other as friends.
So earlier this week, on Bank Holiday Monday, an event took place to underline that in a public way. Members of churches and the Islamic Centre joined together for a ‘Peace and Friendship Walk’. Two groups started out – one from the Town Gate, the other from the United Reformed Church at the Gracechurch Centre. We merged at the Town Hall and carried on to the Islamic Centre.
At the end of the walk we were all made very welcome by our Muslim hosts, not least by the offer of food! We had a great time – we knew that we were in some ways different, but that was no barrier to living in friendship and community.
Here in Sutton Coldfield we are fortunate. On the whole, we have a community where people of every race, faith and nationality live alongside each other in relative harmony. I pray that will never change!
The Church of England is divided into parishes so that each church can relate to a particular geographical area. We draw our congregations from that area, try to serve the needs of everyone living in that area.
But we also look beyond our parish boundaries to the wider world, and its people. We pray for the world, of course. And we support charities – often church charities – who are trying to improve the lives of people in the world’s poorest places. One of those Charities is Christian Aid.
Christian Aid exists to help the poorest people of the world. Their work is about spreading God’s love through improving people’s lives. They support projects in ‘the third world’ which develop things like agriculture, schooling, healthcare, sanitation, women’s rights, and so on.
Such work costs money. Once a year they have a huge fundraising effort – Christian Aid Week. In every parish n the country church members go from door to door asking the whole parish population to support the charity’s work. As I write, Christian Aid Week is in full flow - my thanks to all who have been collecting, and all who have given.
Of course, Christian Aid would appreciate our support for the other 51 weeks of the year as well. If you would like to give to them more regularly it’s easy ... just follow this link: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/give/
The Social Committee try to organise events for friends and family of the congregation to join in and have fun. The aim is basically to cover our costs, but if there is any money left over it goes to the nominated charity for the year, chosen by the PCC. This year it is the British Heart Foundation.
What have the Social Committee been doing? Well, we have organised a cake and cookie sale and a raffle after the morning service for Valentines day. The theme being hearts and flowers in light of the BHF charity, although I don't suppose the charity would have approved of the cakes and cookies!! We have also been supporting the 'Friends of Holy Trinity' concerts with the refreshments.
Another fun event we organised was a Quiz with a fish and chip supper, it was on St Georges Day (which was also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeares death). To prevent the Rector winning again, his wife Kristina wrote the questions and John kept score. We had a good turnout, the fish and chips were supplied by a local chip shop and we also raised £120 for the British Heart Foundation.
We will be organising refreshments for the forthcoming Friends events, Drawing Room Opera on Saturday 14th May and Intimate Theatre on Saturday 2nd July.
We will be supporting the CYG Film Premiere on Sunday 22nd May. Selling ice creams during the intermission.
We are planning an event to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday on Sunday 12th June. We thought about a Bring and Share lunch, we thought about a Picnic, then we thought about combining them and we decided to hold a Traditional Street Party, in the car park! So if you want to join us, put your name on the list in the Trinity Centre (so we know how many are coming), it will be after the 10am service.
On Sunday 2nd October we have the Right Reverend David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, coming to the 10am service, to mark the reopening of the church, after the re-ordering project is completed. We will be serving canapés and drinks from the new refreshment area.
We will be doing something for Harvest and are also planning a Big Breakfast watch this space!
Colin & Sue
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