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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
Church choirs are known to be particularly busy in the run-up both to Christmas and to Easter, but you may be surprised to know this doesn't make our task any lighter over the summer. At a church like Holy Trinity there are a fair number of weddings and we are often asked to lead the singing for these. It is quite a privilege and each service is always surprisingly different. We actually get 'the best seats in the house' as we are facing the couple as they make their vows.
This year our annual Civic Service was deferred from May to July, partly because of the General Election, but also because John Routh, our Rector, was on Sabbatical leave, so this will be his
first service back with us on 12th July. There will be an anthem from the choir by John Rutter which has also been requested for a wedding in September (For the beauty of the earth).
Although we will have a few weeks break from practices during the summer months we are also starting to think about some of our autumn commitments. We hope to join the Royal School of Church Music's area festival in October in St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham where we will sing Vespers using a specially written service commemorating themes of justice arising from Magna Carta in its 800th anniversary year.
We may also join in one of the concerts scheduled for next year's Friends' season - watch this space!
If you read this before Saturday 20th June don't forget to attend the Midsummer Muse concert of poetry and gentle jazz in church at 7.30pm, a perfect end to our season and a chance to enjoy the
summer weather outside during the interval (we hope!)
The start of another year of service!
Ros and I have just returned from the Archdeacon’s visitation this week.. This is the time when we get admitted to our roles as Churchwardens. It was good to also feel the support on the night of 2 veteran ex-Wardens Colin and Carole as well as all our 4 other halves!
The new Archdeacon of Aston Simon Heathfield gave a very passionate and uplifting address, which encouraged us all in our continuing journey of faith and in particular highlighted the important ministry role not only of Churchwardens but of all those performing roles within the church. He stressed that all ministries were important.
The office of Archdeacon is ancient and became regularised in England around 1066, so a lot older than Ros and me. Around one thousand years later -in 2015- their visitations to the parish are to support and encourage the mission and ministry of God’ church. So as part of that we, as Churchwardens, have to answer questions on our stewardship, which can range from subjects such as regular attendances to the church drains, or in our case Reordering!
So rest assured, along with other Churchwardens for other churches in the Sutton Coldfield Deanery, Ros and I were both admitted for Holy Trinity and given our staves- apparently useful as we have to keep order and decency in the church, especially during services!!
We all gave thanks for our shared ministry together! And with our Archdeacon’s support we felt encouraged and left with a renewed spirit for another year of service!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Under Musical Director Steve Roche, BIMVC is Birmingham’s oldest Male Voice choir, having being formed at the end of the 19th century. The choir celebrated its Centenary with a massed male voice
choir concert in Symphony Hall in 2000 and continued to build on its fantastic reputation with a super concert in our historic church.
This event was kindly sponsored by CM2000.
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.
Go to church blog to read our latest thinking
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.