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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
Our Christian life is sometimes described as a journey; a journey on which we are supported by our hope of life eternal and our faith in Jesus Christ. Holy Week is perhaps understood as a journey in itself. We begin Holy Week with the sounds and sights of a victorious Jesus Christ riding into Jerusalem, but end with him dying on the cross and being placed in the tomb. Victory has turned into despair, hope into death.
During Holy Week we have an opportunity to reflect on the life and death of Jesus Christ as we read or listen to the Gospel story. In services on Maundy Thursday we are reminded that Jesus Christ came to earth as a servant and not as an all powerful King. The Gospel tells us that Jesus washed the feet of his Disciples as a sign of his servant status; we are reminded that Christians are to be the servants of others. It is in service that we find our God.
We have now broken up from college for the Easter holidays… However, I’m not sure how much of a break I’ll get – I have piles of books staring at me ready to write my final assignments. The one I’m tackling now is how feminist theology has helped to inform women about their calling to priesthood. It was particularly poignant therefore to hear John speaking of God as Mother in yesterday’s sermon. I have to admit to being completely won over by feminist theologians since I began training. It will be an exciting challenge to weave my newly formed theology into my ministry.
After Easter we have a 4 week block called ‘Bridging into Ministry’. During these weeks we will learn the practicalities of being an ordained member of clergy. The hardest sessions will certainly be those in which we learn how to conduct a funeral. I’m sure however that this part of my ministry will bring the most blessings. If I’m honest, I don’t think I’ve fully got my head around how I will stop myself crying along with those who mourn! I will have to rely on God to guide me.
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