Welcome to Holy Trinity Parish Church Sutton Coldfield
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. We have a warm, comfortable, accessible church. 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
The Latest from Holy Trinity
Last week in a Service on Ash Wednesday at Holy Trinity we marked the beginning of Lent; we were literally marked on our foreheads with ashes in the form of a Christian Cross. The ashes
were a reminder that we are mortal and will die; and they are in the form of a cross so we are also marked as followers of Jesus Christ.
In the Ash Wednesday Service our Gospel reading reminded us of the perils of rushing into judgement. We live in an age of instant communication; it seems that everything that happens in the world is with us the moment it happens. However, instant news can lead to instant judgement; people and events can be judged before all the facts are understood or even known.
Jesus reminds us that we are not to rush into judgement, but instead we are to think first. To remember that the Christian message is one of love and mercy, which he demonstrated in his curing of the sick and his compassion for those who lived on the fringes of society. He reminds us that instant judgement can change us, we can forget the need for love and mercy; we can treat people as mere objects.
Jesus is with us on a journey of understanding during Lent. He reminds us that his Gospel is one of the second chance. He is always merciful with us we are to be merciful with others. But at the same time he challenges us, to go and sin no more, to lead a purer life. What a challenge, and what a very difficult thing to do. May we walk with Jesus in Lent and try to follow his example of love and mercy.
We thought it was time for an update on what the Social Committee has been up to.
The 'Film Club' is still very popular. We meet on the first Monday of the month at 7pm in the Trinity Centre, but you need to be there by 6.45pm to get a good seat! The film we’re showing is advertised in the service sheet and in the weekly newsletter. New members always welcome.
The Knit 'n' Natter group is growing, with emphasis very much on the natter! We have knitting, drawing and crafts. The group recently knitted a nativity set, for a trail at Christmas around Sutton. The various characters were on display in shops around the Gracechurch Centre, with children being invited to complete a trail sheet and to bring it to the Crib Service to claim a prize. The group also made a life size nativity tableau for the entrance to the church, which was much admired.
Members of the Social Committee carry on supporting the various Friends events with refreshments. Future events include the Fret and Fiddle concert this weekend (3rd Feb) and The British Police Symphony Orchestra on 17th March. Please do come to both of these - and bring your friends!
We’re also helping with refreshments for an organ recital to demonstrate the new digital organ. It’s on Saturday 17th February at 11.00am in church. It is free to attend, but it would help if you could let us know you’re coming (email firstname.lastname@example.org) so we know how many to cater for.
Finally - save the date - we're holding a Quiz, complete with a fish and chip supper, to celebrate St George's Day on Saturday 21st April. Tickets on sale nearer the time.
Sue and Colin Ingley
During 2017 our Music Co-ordinator, Stella Thebridge, decided to stand down from the role. Stella hasn’t departed, but wanted to release time to focus on other things – particularly our Heritage Project. So we spent the last 4 months of the year searching for a new Director of Music and Organist.
The search was successful, for which we thank God! And so this month we welcome to Holy Trinity our new Director of Music and Organist ... David Rice.
David attended Cambridge University where he studied for a BA in Music. Whilst there he shared organ duties in his college chapel, and for a while he was Director of Music at a nearby parish church. At the end of his course, David moved on to Tewkesbury Abbey for a year, where he was Organ Scholar ... also playing at Dean Close School. Then last summer he moved to Birmingham University to study for an MA in Music, with a particular focus on conducting. Now, whilst still studying for his MA, he comes to us ... and we’re delighted to have him here. We look forward to a long and fruitful time for our music under his leadership.
Meanwhile – we are immensely thankful to Stella for her time as our Music Co-ordinator, and I hope she understands just how thankful we are for all she has done in the role.
We also thank the many organists who supported us in Stella’s time. Whilst Stella is an excellent pianist, she is the first to say she isn’t an organist. So we have seen many organists over the years. For the last couple of years, Bernard Salter and Michael Gainford have been foremost amongst those organists. Both have been immensely supportive during this change, and both will continue to be with us from time to time, and we are grateful that those relationships will continue.
So we give thanks for the music we have enjoyed at Holy Trinity in the past, and we look to the future with anticipation.
All being well, 2018 should be a momentous year for the Friends as we head towards both our 5th anniversary of foundation in September and a £50,000 fundraising mark to be hit.
As well as the satisfaction of hosting almost 30 concerts and events since 2013, it's fantastic to think that the Friends has enabled over 5000 people to come into our church for concerts, theatrical productions, Christmas Tree Festivals and other events. As well as to present inspiring events and raise much needed funds for the building and fabric of Holy Trinity, our vision has always been to make Holy Trinity a warm and accessible space to welcome the wider Royal Sutton Coldfield community.
With phase 1 of the church's re-ordering project completed with phase 2 to come, the success of the Heritage Lottery Fund backed project, children and you activities, and Friends concerts and events bringing new people into our church, it really feels that Holy Trinity is restoring its rightful position as a vibrant beacon of light in our town and being a place where people might want to worship in the 21st century.
We're really delighted to be welcoming a great group of musicians - Fret & Fiddle - to bring Jazz to Holy Trinity on Saturday 3rd February. On the 17th March, we will host a nationally acclaimed orchestra - The British Police Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for both events are available from this very website.
Shortly, the Friends committee will be starting to review options for our 6th 2018/2019 season. As satisfying as it is to reflect on our past events, each year to becomes harder and harder to identify those captivating events that will achieve our aims. New committee members are always welcome to provide new and refreshing ideas.
We're very grateful to the team of volunteers who prepare and manage our events and we're very grateful for the generosity of our two corporate supporters - Dignity plc and CM2000 Limited - which means that the maximum possible ticket revenues go towards our funds.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
After the long wait of Advent, Christmas is finally here. Here at Holy Trinity we’ve put up the Christmas tree, decorated the church with flowers and, for the first time, invited a host of paper angels to fill our church.
We’ve made Christingles, brought gifts for children who need them and sung carols in the candlelight.
Now Christmas has arrived and we’re celebrating the birth of Christ. Will you celebrate with us?
You may be a regular at Holy Trinity, coming every Sunday, in all weathers, to worship here. You may be someone who can’t come every week but are still a familiar face. You may come only on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter, when you feel drawn to church. You may be a visitor to the town, looking for Christmas services here. Or you may be someone who has never been to church, but would like to.
Whoever you are, you’re welcome at Holy Trinity. You’re welcome to come along to one (or more!) of our Christmas services to worship God with us. There’s a place for you here.
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