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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
This weekend we reach the last Sunday before Advent. These days we call it the Feast of Christ the King. But in past days it was known as ‘Stir-up Sunday’. This name originated in the Church of England and there is a special prayer for the day which goes like this.
'Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded.’
On Stir-up Sunday families would start their preparations for Christmas celebrations; making the Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, mincemeat and other good things to eat. I must say that I always try to make all of that much earlier than this – they improve so much with a few months of keeping, especially if you feed them with Brandy, Rum or Whisky!
As we enter Advent we’ll be preparing for Christmas celebrations in other ways. We’ll be readying ourselves for the birth of Jesus and thinking about what that means for our lives today. Amidst all the shopping, partying and general busy-ness, let’s not forget what Christmas is really all about.
On Saturday night we enjoyed the second in the 2015/6 series of concerts supporting the Friends of Holy Trinity - 'In Perfect Harmony'.
We were entertained by the accomplished singing of the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir, under the direction of Richard Mason and accompanied by our organ. We enjoyed the trumpet skills of Dan Robertson, and the superb organ playing of John Pryer.
The church looked beautiful, as always, and it was a pleasure to hear this music in such a setting.
At the end of the Second World War, many of those who returned from the battlefield found they could no longer believe in the God talked about
in church pulpits. Many of the relatives of those who didn’t return also struggled to believe. Either
God isn’t there or God doesn’t care, they said. Why should we bother with God?
Yet the truth is that the Second World War and every other war before or
since is not God’s fault – it’s ours. Wars are the result of our failure – our failure to live up to what it means to be real human
beings. When we blame God for allowing our own shortcomings to bring us to this, we’re like children looking for someone else to blame, looking for
the adult who should have intervened on our behalf.
If God is to blame for our wars, it’s because he treats us as mature adults, allows us to make our own way through the world. The truth is that God is not responsible for our pains – rather God is present with us, endures our pains with us. God is at the heart of the cry for justice in midst of oppression, the cry for mercy in the midst of violence, the cry for peace in the midst of the storm of war.
As we remember the horrors of war this Sunday, don’t blame God. Rather blame ourselves and our failings. And acknowledge that there is a better way to be – know that God wills something better for us, better than war, better than the flawed and fragile peace in which we currently live.
The Social Committee have been very busy! We organised a Big Breakfast in the summer, and an event in September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ' The Sound of Music'.
Holy Trinity's charity for the year is the Cancer Support Centre, who support victims of cancer and their families through this difficult time. One of the activities they do is a choir. So for the Sound of Music event the choir came and sang for us, the first half of the evening was a celebration of musicals in general and the second half was songs from 'The Sound of Music'. In the interval we had a jacket potato supper, followed by apple strudel with ice cream, held a raffle and the event overall raised £500 for Cancer Support Centre. Fancy dress was worn by a some of those attending it was generally a lot of ‘nunsense’.
On Saturday 10th October 2015 we held the 3rd annual Royal Town Gala Concert. CBSO's The Little Big Time Band joined us for a spectacular evening to kick off the 2015/16 Friends’ season.
Here are some images from that most enjoyable evening. If you missed this concert please do come along to our other concerts this season.
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