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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
It’s that time of year again when we are nearly at the end of the school summer holidays and thoughts are turning to the new academic school year. For most youngsters it will be a time of transition: some will be starting nursery or school for the first time; some will be changing schools and will go from
being the oldest and biggest to being the youngest and smallest. Some older young people will be venturing away from home for the first time to
attend University. What changes they face!
I guess that for each child and young person a new year can be quite scary as they enter unfamiliar situations and maybe for us professionals who are at the other end of the process; offering clubs, lessons, etc in a continuing and stable way, the experience is a little different. It isn’t US who have to deal with the changes, just to manage the change for others.
A few weeks ago I went walking in the Malvern Hills with some good friends. Normally, one does not look at a hill and walk straight up the side to the top. Normally one zigzags one’s way up; back and forth, back and forth, getting a bit higher each time. Whilst we climbed one hill, I took a photo each time we went up a level. It was interesting looking at the same view from a slightly higher place each time. It was the same but different.
And so it is with how we engage with the younger members of our church family, especially at this time of year: it is always the same but at the same time it is always different. It is always another ‘beginning’ and we thank God for that as we plan for the new term.
A Christian life is very often described as a journey and our milestones are to begin with Baptism and Confirmation. As we continue to travel on our journey of faith we begin to appreciate the joys and responsibilities of our faith. We begin to know the love that Jesus has for us and become eager to share that love with others.
At Holy Trinity one of the ways we share that love of Jesus is in visiting the sick and housebound, those who can no longer join
in our regular Sunday worship at Church. On the surface pastoral visiting seems to be deceptively simple, a phone call, a visit, some conversation and much listening; all very much part of being
However, to use popular jargon, “best practice” demands that we make our visitors aware of the possible problems arising from visiting people in their own homes or Care Homes.
The Diocese of Birmingham currently offer training sessions for all those who exercise a pastoral ministry and earlier this year some of our Visitors attended a “Safeguarding Adults” course. The aim of the course was to give greater awareness of what constitutes good and bad practice in visiting; it was greatly welcomed by all who attended.
We will continue our training this year with a focus on Dementia awareness. The training will be under the auspices of the Alzheimer’s Society and will give a better understanding about how we can make a difference to the lives of those living with dementia.
Our Pastoral Visitors will continue to visit and to train, please pray for them as they continue their work.
Most people reading this will know that I have recently returned from a Sabbatical break. A major part of it was spent in Cornwall, walking on the coastal path. It was a great time, and I’m very grateful to have been able to do it – I thought I should tell you how it went.
Well, most importantly, I survived without twisting an ankle or falling off a cliff. And as I stayed with family
– Kristina’s sister and her husband – I was lucky enough to be able to do my walking in a civilised way. There wasn’t a tent or campfire stove in
sight. Instead I drove back to the house each evening for a hot meal and a comfortable bed!
I was away in Cornwall for four weeks altogether, and in that time I covered quite a bit of the path between Helston and St Ives – but far from every
mile! I took in lots of the Lizard. And quite a bit of the far west – the area around Land’s End and Cape
The coastal path was beautiful: it runs for miles along cliffs – sometimes topped with open moors, other times with dense growth. Usually I’d see rugged landscape on one side and waves washing against rocks on the other. And then there were the coves which the path dipped down to – Porth Chapel might be a contender for ‘heaven on earth’; I spent half an hour there with not another soul in sight.
I saw seals by the dozen – a lizard, a slowworm and, for the first time in my life, a wild adder. Bird watchers would have loved it – larches, martins, and guillemots amongst the more appealing. And lest I forget, I shared lunch with what must be the tamest robin in England.
I returned to Holy Trinity a couple of weeks ago, relaxed and refreshed - and happy to be back. Hopefully the experience and benefit of my time in Cornwall will stay with me as I settle back into daily life!
Mobile Phones! Love them or hate them they are certainly around in abundance and me thinks they are here to stay. I can hardly remember life without them now and I know they have a lot of good uses but there are lots of things I don’t ‘get’ about them.
Things like how someone could possibly want to send 1000 texts a month; or why there seem to be no boundaries on what it is acceptable to film; or how people can be
present to an event if they are watching it through a camera lens; or how it has become a priority to many people who don’t earn much to have an expensive phone in an expensive contract - how
does that work?
Brendan O’Carroll was on Room 101 a few months ago and he put ‘people who don’t know how to use their mobile phones’ into Room 101. I hate to admit it but I might be one of those people as my phone does a lot more than I know about but I want to qualify what he said and add ‘people who don’t know how to use their mobile phones wisely.’
Phones have been a bit of an issue in the younger youth group this term. Some of them have them and some of them are sensible with them, but some of them are being really silly with them. But how do you learn unless you have a phone entrusted to you to learn with? Who teaches you? Some people would like me to ban them but I personally feel that the youth group is a good place for them to learn how to be wise with their phones even though allowing their use is a harder option for us.
It is too easy these days to get yourself in deep water with mobile phones and especially social media sites. I would like to feel that our club
plays a small part in helping youngsters to learn how to be wise. But think of us as we leaders try to find a good way through as it ain’t
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.