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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
Please bear with us!
At present the church is being re-ordered. A new entrance will make it wheelchair and pushchair friendly. We'll be having new heating and seating. While this is being carried out all our services are taking place in the Trinity Centre and our car park has temporarily reduced capacity. The work should be finished by September.
Please bear with us whilst this is all going on.
The service taking place in The Trinity Centre while the church is being reordered.
How good are you at listening? As we commemorate the First World War one of the familiar stories is the transformation of a message as it went through the various lines of communication. “Send reinforcements, we are going to advance” became “send three and four pence we are going to a dance.”
Listening well and effectively is difficult. It is very definitely a skill, an action that requires the listener’s alertness and dedication. However, the pace of modern life seems to prevent us from being good listeners; we are forced to spend most of our time on doing and talking, not listening. There is never enough time for reflection about our actions and for listening to others. The result is a world of mixed and confused messages decisions, leading to misunderstanding and social disharmony.
Do Christians as a community of faith have a responsibility to do anything about the lack of listening skills? As we read the Gospels Jesus is revealed as someone who always listens. With Jesus as our example we should work to improve our listening skills.
We are very fortunate that in the Diocese of Birmingham we are given that opportunity. There is a Training Course called Offering Pastoral Care and Community Skills: its aim is to develop the pastoral gifts of the lay people in every Parish. Significantly, the two compulsory modules at the beginning of the Course are concerned with listening. “Learning to Listen” and “Listening to Communities.”
The skill of listening is at the heart of pastoral care; without it we are less effective; with it we can make a difference to those in pastoral need.
Last Tuesday afternoon (19th July) we were able to invite people to look at progress on the re-ordering scheme. It was good to see so many people – congregation members, donors and a few other interested folk.
The work wasn’t quite far enough advanced that people could get inside the building and walk around. But the contractors had turned the step inside the south porch into a viewing platform, and from there we could see quite a lot.
We saw that the under-floor heating pipes have been laid and a screed is currently being poured over them ready for the stone floor to be laid. We saw that the new entrance and toilet suite is well under way, with the concrete slab now laid, and a roof over the entrance taking shape. We saw that the dais is well on its way to being formed.
I was able to point out where things like the under-gallery rooms and kitchenette would go, where the altar and font will be positioned, where the crèche and the choir, organ console and piano are likely to be. The comments people made were overwhelmingly positive.
There’s a lot still to be done, but once the contractors start laying floors things will move at an amazing speed. I was asked several times and my answer was and is ... we will be finished on time!
So after our sneak preview we’re all now looking forward to moving back in late September, with Bishop David joining us for the formal re-opening service on 2nd October. We hope to see you there!
Intimate Theatre provided a fitting finale to our 3rd season of events.
Hot-footing it directly from two sell-out performances at Lichfield Festival, the company presented "The Heiress" by Ruth & Augustus Goetz and based on the 19th century novel "Washington Square" by Henry James.
The play revolved around Catherine, a shy, naive girl - heir to a considerable fortune but despised by her father. Into her life came Morris, a penniless, handsome and fascinating man. the plot questioned whether his devotion and love for this unhappy girl was genuine, or if his attentions had another motive. A fascinating story with a great twist at the end!
The event was excellently attended and raised over £900. Special thanks to CM2000 for supporting the night.
That was a surprise. Not so much the result as the change of heart overnight. I went to bed with the media forecasting a win for ‘Remain’. I woke to the media forecasting a win for ‘Leave’. Did something weird happen whilst I was asleep? On second thoughts, maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise – the pollsters don’t have the best of records in recent times!
Anyway, we now know the outcome. The simple bit – the vote – is over. Now comes the difficult bit - the real work. Now comes the slow extraction of Britain from the European Union. Now comes a period of turmoil in the financial markets and probably in the real economy too.
Now come calls for further referenda – for independence in Scotland and Northern Ireland where the vote was to Remain.
And now comes the urgent need to reunify our community. Because it’s clear that it’s deeply fractured. Roughly half wanted to Leave, roughly half wanted to Remain. The EU referendum didn't cause the fracture – the division was always there. But it certainly made it worse. For there’s no room left for shades of grey in a referendum. Leave or Remain? It’s all about making a black and white choice – about choosing a tribe.
We will move on from this somehow, though the path isn’t yet clear. We’ll come out on the other side of a period of economic turmoil with a new political settlement. And we’ll rebuild a sense of unified community.
And the church has a role in all of this: to proclaim the good news – that hope conquers despair, love conquers hate, and new life conquers death.
To proclaim a kingdom better than either option offered in that referendum.
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