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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.
The service taking place in The Trinity Centre while the church is being reordered.
Last Tuesday afternoon (19th July) we were able to invite people to look at progress on the re-ordering scheme. It was good to see so many people – congregation members, donors and a few other interested folk.
The work wasn’t quite far enough advanced that people could get inside the building and walk around. But the contractors had turned the step inside the south porch into a viewing platform, and from there we could see quite a lot.
We saw that the under-floor heating pipes have been laid and a screed is currently being poured over them ready for the stone floor to be laid. We saw that the new entrance and toilet suite is well under way, with the concrete slab now laid, and a roof over the entrance taking shape. We saw that the dais is well on its way to being formed.
I was able to point out where things like the under-gallery rooms and kitchenette would go, where the altar and font will be positioned, where the crèche and the choir, organ console and piano are likely to be. The comments people made were overwhelmingly positive.
There’s a lot still to be done, but once the contractors start laying floors things will move at an amazing speed. I was asked several times and my answer was and is ... we will be finished on time!
So after our sneak preview we’re all now looking forward to moving back in late September, with Bishop David joining us for the formal re-opening service on 2nd October. We hope to see you there!
Intimate Theatre provided a fitting finale to our 3rd season of events.
Hot-footing it directly from two sell-out performances at Lichfield Festival, the company presented "The Heiress" by Ruth & Augustus Goetz and based on the 19th century novel "Washington Square" by Henry James.
The play revolved around Catherine, a shy, naive girl - heir to a considerable fortune but despised by her father. Into her life came Morris, a penniless, handsome and fascinating man. the plot questioned whether his devotion and love for this unhappy girl was genuine, or if his attentions had another motive. A fascinating story with a great twist at the end!
The event was excellently attended and raised over £900. Special thanks to CM2000 for supporting the night.
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!
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