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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
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
Church choirs are known to be particularly busy in the run-up both to Christmas and to Easter, but you may be surprised to know this doesn't make our task any lighter over the summer. At a church like Holy Trinity there are a fair number of weddings and we are often asked to lead the singing for these. It is quite a privilege and each service is always surprisingly different. We actually get 'the best seats in the house' as we are facing the couple as they make their vows.
This year our annual Civic Service was deferred from May to July, partly because of the General Election, but also because John Routh, our Rector, was on Sabbatical leave, so this will be his
first service back with us on 12th July. There will be an anthem from the choir by John Rutter which has also been requested for a wedding in September (For the beauty of the earth).
Although we will have a few weeks break from practices during the summer months we are also starting to think about some of our autumn commitments. We hope to join the Royal School of Church Music's area festival in October in St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham where we will sing Vespers using a specially written service commemorating themes of justice arising from Magna Carta in its 800th anniversary year.
We may also join in one of the concerts scheduled for next year's Friends' season - watch this space!
If you read this before Saturday 20th June don't forget to attend the Midsummer Muse concert of poetry and gentle jazz in church at 7.30pm, a perfect end to our season and a chance to enjoy the
summer weather outside during the interval (we hope!)
The start of another year of service!
Ros and I have just returned from the Archdeacon’s visitation this week.. This is the time when we get admitted to our roles as Churchwardens. It was good to also feel the support on the night of 2 veteran ex-Wardens Colin and Carole as well as all our 4 other halves!
The new Archdeacon of Aston Simon Heathfield gave a very passionate and uplifting address, which encouraged us all in our continuing journey of faith and in particular highlighted the important ministry role not only of Churchwardens but of all those performing roles within the church. He stressed that all ministries were important.
The office of Archdeacon is ancient and became regularised in England around 1066, so a lot older than Ros and me. Around one thousand years later -in 2015- their visitations to the parish are to support and encourage the mission and ministry of God’ church. So as part of that we, as Churchwardens, have to answer questions on our stewardship, which can range from subjects such as regular attendances to the church drains, or in our case Reordering!
So rest assured, along with other Churchwardens for other churches in the Sutton Coldfield Deanery, Ros and I were both admitted for Holy Trinity and given our staves- apparently useful as we have to keep order and decency in the church, especially during services!!
We all gave thanks for our shared ministry together! And with our Archdeacon’s support we felt encouraged and left with a renewed spirit for another year of service!
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.