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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 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
This is a very long term: a very, very long term, so lots of youth group meetings to organise. It is, however, easier having a long term in the summer than in the winter as the nights are shorter and, hopefully, the sun shines a little bit. Everything feels a bit easier in daylight.
It is a funny time of year. It is the last term of the academic year and the long summer holidays are in sight. The Year 6s are especially demob happy as they are about to leave primary school for the big shift to secondary education. Big fish at the moment but soon to become small fish again, at least pro tem.
At the other end of the scale the Year 11s and up are facing serious exams. Gosh, they are put under a lot of pressure these days. I am sure it was much more relaxed back in my day. So there are heavy times ahead for them, followed by the relief of completion and extra long holidays.
So the younger ones will need extra containing as they are getting as high as kites. The older ones need much more gentle and fun activities at youth group to counterbalance the stress of school. Next on our list of things to do is to play giant monopoly, custom made to include all the roads the youngsters live on. It gets very competitive and the leaders are the worst!!
And then on 22 May we have the world premiere of the film we have been making which now has a name: God Squad Resurrected (aka That Wretched Film). Come and join us at 6.45pm if you would like to see out older youth group in action. It will be fun!
We walk with the young in our midst and try to be sensitive to where they are at. It’s an exciting journey and there are always surprises along the way. Who knows what will happen in this long term.
Group Youth Worker
We are now 3 months into the works for the Reordering project and things are progressing. There have been a few obstacles to get round! No floors and no toilets are minor problems, as the workers have removed at least 30 skips worth of debris, and unearthed a number of hidden objects in their digging.
We intend an open evening in July to enable the congregation to view the progress; and by that time there will be a new stone floor with heating underneath, although at that time of year we won't need it switched on! Meanwhile there are some photos of work so far on the Church Buildings part of our website.
New chairs and other furniture are being planned in time for our return to church in September, hopefully without too many hitches! Just in time for the grand Reopening by Bishop David on Sunday 2nd October.
But what then?
By that time we will have had an 'away morning' on Saturday 16th July to look at our patterns and styles of worship, so who knows - there may be new developments to come there too.
With a newly reordered, more flexible and welcoming church building then we have a great new opportunity to move forward in our vision for the future of Holy Trinity. Let's hope we are all ready to take that challenge and together respond accordingly.
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