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Welcome to Holy Trinity Parish Church Sutton Coldfield
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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
As a small boy the countryside was my natural playground. Memory tells me that school holidays were spent with friends exploring the fields and woods, from early morning to early evening, and no one seemed to worry where we were or what we did.
One of our summer holiday activities was helping with harvesting the crops at one of the local farms. Well perhaps not helping very much but certainly enjoying ourselves, as we tried to stack the corn sheaves onto a horse drawn wagon. How different to the harvesting of today, as great combine harvesters make their noisy way across enormous fields, hedgerows long since torn down.
A very different world and yet the tradition of Harvest Festivals in our Churches to celebrate the harvest continues. On Sunday 10th October we shall gather in Holy Trinity to give thanks for the harvest and offer gifts of food which will distributed later in the week throughout the Parish.
The Harvest Festival reminds us of the natural world, a world full of resources for humanity. But increasingly it is a world in which we seem to use those resources unwisely. Global warming may be a contentious issue, but there are ominous signs of mankind’s activities being the cause.
Our Harvest Festival prayers will be for the blessing of the harvest and for all that been provided for us by our creator God. We will remind ourselves of our responsibility to the world and our responsible use of its resources.
Just two years ago, we launched the Friends of Holy Trinity Parish Church. Since then, we've signed up over 90 members and presented 12 concerts and 2 Christmas Tree Festivals, raising over a £20,000 surplus in the process.
Our mission has remained constant - to deliver an inspiration programme of events to ensure that Holy Trinity remains at the very heart of Sutton Coldfield and to
raise funds for the building and fabric of Holy Trinity. It's been heartening to receive kind offers of sponsorship for publicity and concerts not only from our 2 corporate supporters - Dignity
plc and CM2000 - but also from a number of individuals keen to show their support.
It's been energising to see so many of our church community engaged with the Friends as committee members, concert stewards, refreshment providers, stage hands, website developers, Tweeters, bankers ... and many many more.
As usual, the 3rd season of Friends events sees us offering a superb and diverse line-up of events ranging from CBSO's The Little Big Time Band (our kick-off Royal Town Gala Concert on the 10th October 2015), Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee Will Pound, through to our first theatrical performance by Lichfield Festival's Intimate Theatre. More information and online booking is available now on this very website.
As far as fund raising goes, a significant sum has already been passed to Holy Trinity's PCC to enable the restoration of the chancel ceiling. The funds raised by the Friends really really make a difference to Holy Trinity over the coming years so that other monies can be freed up to focus on mission and outreach.
Please do think about purchasing a Friends subscription (£15 for an Adult, £10 for a Child, £30 for a Family). This will keep you up -to-date with all of our activities and get you a complimentary programme at all events.
We look forward to welcoming you at a concert or event in the near future!
Nick Revell, Chair of Friends
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!
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