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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
Service for the re-opening of church - all welcome!
You are all invited to celebrate the re-opening of our church at 10am on Sunday 2nd October.
The re-opening service will be conducted by Rt Rev David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham. This will be the only service on that day (no 8am or 5.30pm).
Refreshments will be served in church following the service.
Everybody welcome. The re-ordering work won't quite be finished ... but we'll be almost there! We hope you'll join us.
It seems like a long time since we moved out of church and handed the keys over to building contractors. In fact it’s been just nine months, a tiny portion of the 750 or more years for which Holy Trinity has stood bearing witness to the parish around it. Those nine months are now over. On Sunday 2nd October we will return to the church building, with a re-opening service led by Bishop David.
The work won’t be finished - there will still be a few things to do over the next couple of weeks. The most obvious things missing will be the under gallery meeting rooms, the inner glass doors of the new entrance, and the stone won’t yet have been cleaned. But it will be a perfectly usable worship space, and we will be able to get a real feel for the building, and the potential it offers us.
Much as I have enjoyed our services in the Trinity Centre, I’m very much looking forward to moving back to our real ‘home’. And I’m sure the building is keen to have us back! It will be a time of celebration, and I hope that everyone from our church family and the parish community will be able to join us. You are certainly all welcome.
On 1st September, we formally announced our Friends concerts and events line-up for 2016/7 - our 4th season.
Thanks to concert-goers, membership subscribers and sponsors, we have raised over £30,000 so far towards the building and fabric of Holy Trinity. As always, our mission is to showcase the best talent from the Midlands and beyond, raise funds for the church but - more importantly - make Holy Trinity an accessible and engaging heart of Sutton Coldfield.
As you will read elsewhere on this site, Holy Trinity itself is about to emerge gloriously from a 9-month long, £1.6 million re-ordering project, making it an even more wonderful venue for worship and the community.
On the 22nd October, the Friends will present the 4th annual Royal Town Gala Concert with the wonderful Enigma Brass Ensemble and renowned organist - Paul Carr. Not only will this be an occasion to celebrate the re-opened church, it also marks another milestone - the first Royal Town Gala Concert since Sutton's new Town Council has been established.
Acclaimed Chinese concert pianist Di Xiao presents a magical performance on the 3rd December. Alison Neil's one-woman show "The Just William Lady" celebrates William's creator - Richmal Crompton - in a lively and entertaining portrayal on the 11th February 2017. Contemporary Folk and Acoustic duo - Gilmore & Roberts demonstrate why Q Magazine said they "take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama" on the 25th March 2017. On the 13th May, City of Lichfield Concert Band show why they are so warmly appreciated. Followed by Canoldir Male Voice Choir providing a captivating finale to the season on the 1st July 2017 - we're sure Pimms will be in full flood that night!
For a limited period (up to the 21st October only), Season Tickets are available which effectively offer 6 events for the price of 5. For details of the events and how to buy securely online for all the above mentioned events, everything is on this website or please call 0121 321 1144.
This season of events would not have been possible without the generous support of our two Sutton-based corporate supporters - Dignity plc and CM2000. We're extremely grateful to them for their enthusiasm and commitment.
We're always seeking new ideas from the church community and beyond so please think about joining the Friends (details on this website too), coming to a concert, or taking a more active role as a committee member.
Nick Revell, Chair of Friends
Phew, I have just finished ‘fumigating’ the youth room all ready for the new term. Cleanliness may be next to Godliness but the room only seems to get properly cleaned once a year. The betting can now begin on how long the room will remain looking as clean and tidy as it now is: my guess is around half an hour after the first club restarts. Others may not be as optimistic!
So after a summer of cleaning and planning for the autumn and Christmas we are getting ready to open our doors to the young people again. Actually, don’t tell the rector, but even at this late date I am still pondering exactly how we and when we run our clubs. Should we change what we offer and to whom we offer it? Should we restart in the same way as before and see who comes and if we need to change? Should we do more, or less? Plenty to ponder but rest assured, we will be trying to provide good clubs that meet a need and show something of the love of God.
I am looking forward to seeing again the young people with whom we have continuing contact. Several of them have had important exams and many are changing schools. I am looking forward to hearing all their news and finding out what they have all been up to over the summer.
Two things are for sure: one is that we will be definitely there to welcome young people no matter what situation they find themselves in, sticking with them through thick and thin. The other dead certainty is that the youth room will be back in a mess very quickly!
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.
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