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
On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of October we had a weekend of celebration for the Harvest being safely gathered in. In the words of a traditional hymn “Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home, all be safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.”
People might ask whether it is still appropriate to hold a Harvest Festival in this day and age. They would appear to have some justification for arguing that a Harvest Festival is now out of date. The vast majority of people in our country may well think that the sole source of their food is the local Supermarket. The link between town and countryside seems to have been broken - in a recent survey it was found that the names of common birds and trees were largely unknown.
But it's instructive to look at the source of the food we buy from the Supermarkets, some of it is grown in this country, but most of it comes from every part of our world. We are dependent for our food from those who labour in the fields of far distant countries; for example we buy wheat from Canada, fruit from South Africa and rice from India.
Our Harvest Festival weekend celebrates worldwide Harvests not just the one in the United Kingdom and reminds us of our dependence on others.
At our Harvest Festival we remind ourselves that people from all countries are bound together by the cycle of the natural world. Through Harvest thanksgiving we acknowledge a mutual dependency; that we do not live in splendid isolation.
After the success of the Church as a venue for the 'Friends' concerts we have started to receive enquires to hire it for outside concerts and we have already had one booking. The newly re-ordered church certainly makes an excellent venue, with the new kitchen/cafe area available for refreshments. We also hold a 'Knit n Natter' group, in the church, on the second Monday of the month.
The heritage open day was very successful with visitors coming to look at the history and heritage of the church, combined with the modern facilities. They also went over to the Trinity Centre to take part in the activities there, intended for children but enjoyed by all.
The Trinity Centre has also had a slight improvement in bookings, some good one off bookings as well as the regular use by the NHS and various community groups.
On the weekend of 7/8th October we have Harvest 24, it begins on the Saturday at noon and finishes on Sunday at noon (hence Harvest 24) to celebrate harvest festival. There are study sessions in the afternoon along with activities for children. In the evening we will be moving the chairs and holding a barn dance in the church. Then in the morning we will be holding a big breakfast in the Trinity Centre, followed by the harvest festival in the church. After which we will be celebrating a year since we re-opened the church with a birthday cake.
I'm delighted to announce that we have once again secured a world-class line-up for our 5th season of Friends of Holy Trinity Parish Church.
During the past 4 years, avid Friends supporters and concert-goers will be well aware that it has always been our commitment to showcase the best of regional and national talent and that we have always pushed the boundaries to ensure a programme which is popular and diverse.
This year will be no different. Folk has been a particular highlight for the past 2 years and we have secured a nationally-known Radio 2 Folk Award winner - Jack Rutter.
We also welcome back the acoustic duo 'The Night Watch' for our season kick-off on Saturday 16th September. They'll be performing music from the 12th to 17th centuries using a variety of authentic period instruments.
A genuine highlight of the season will be The British Police Symphony Orchestra. It really is an honour and privilege to have them perform in Sutton Coldfield which will really be a milestone occasion.
For the first time, we will have a dedicated Gilbert & Sullivan evening supported by the acclaimed Birmingham Savoyards and telling the story of the composers themselves interspersed with music from all of G&S's 14 masterpieces.
Fret & Fiddle bring Jazz to Holy Trinity - a first for this genre within the Friends' programme.
Our finale for season 5 will be Louise Jordan's narration with music about the part some inspirational women played in the First World War - particularly poignant in the anniversary year of the end of that war.
So, there you have it. What are you waiting for?
Tickets for all events are now available via this website.
If you like what you've heard, why not think about a fantastic value season ticket - just £60 per adult for all of the above. Hurry - this is only available until the 15th September!
At this point in the school summer holidays our thoughts are turning more and more to the coming new school year and all that it will bring as groups restart and the church life gets back into its term time routine.
The first engagement of the academic year for our older youth group, CYG, is a trip to Weston Super Mare. The mini bus is arranged, the seats booked, forms filled in and risk assessments complete. We can’t organise the weather though so we are hoping for good things. Neither can we organise the tide to be in at the right time but we are used to that. I don’t think we have been yet when the tide is due to be in!
Later in September our clubs will restart. Or at least, I hope they will. CYG will be fine but JCYG for the younger ones is suffering from a lack of adult leaders, due to illness and the like.
We have a fabulous team of young leaders at JCYG who do a great job of sorting the kids out but we need some adults who are prepared to come regularly - though it's not necessary to come every week. It makes it a bit hard to advertise JCYG because if lots of kids come then currently I would have an adult staffing problem.
So I am hoping and praying that some people will step up and at least explore with me if they think helping at JCYG could be for them. I guess to a lot of people it sounds a scary thing to do but I think the kids would laugh if they thought adults were scared of them! Maybe some people will feel brave enough to at least visit us and see what we do.
Meanwhile I will advertise the club to schools in faith!
Since the last blog from the Social Committee, we’ve been very busy.
On the first Monday of each month we have the film club – recently we’ve watched ‘Madame Bovary’ and ‘A United Kingdom’, and on 7th August the film will be ‘The Light Between The Oceans’. And on the second Monday each month, in the afternoon, our new Knit ‘n’ Natter/Craft group meets – we’re now going great guns, knitting squares for blankets and Nativity characters for Christmas.
We held a Quiz with a fish and chip supper in June, raising £154.00 for charity, and a good time was had by all. In July we did what we do best, providing refreshments for two Friends’ events – a ‘Canoldir Male Voice Choir’ Concert, and a production by Intimate Theatre.
Our busy programme continues in August – on Saturday 5th a group of us are meeting at Park House for a meal.
From September 7th to 17th, the church will be open for Heritage Open Days and Heritage Week, and we’ll be there providing refreshments, setting up activities and stewarding. The main Open Day is on the Saturday 9th; and on Saturday 16th there’s an evening concert by ‘The Night Watch’ focusing on music from Medieval times. We’ll also be helping with the Art/Photographic Competition – people of all ages will be encouraged to enter works on the broad theme of Holy Trinity.
In October, we will be helping at the Parish Weekend/Harvest event. This is on 7th/8th October from 12 noon on the Saturday until 12 noon on Sunday – after the Harvest Festival Service. There will be worship, craft, adventure activities, Bible Study and a Barn Dance with a fish and chip supper. And we’ll be providing a ‘Big Breakfast’ on the Sunday morning to set us up for the day!
Watch this space, it’s all happening!
Colin & Sue Ingley
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