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
Church Heritage Open Day - for all the family
Saturday, 9th September, 10 am to 3 pm.
Come along for Heritage activities for all the family. Bouncy Castle, an auction of goods and services, the Photo and Art competition and (weather permitting) Tower Trips! Find out more on our Heritage Project page.
Harvest 24 - a weekend of fun for all ages!
Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th October 2017
Bring your friends and family and join us for a host of activities including active worship, children's fun, crafts, a bouncy castle, storytelling and much more ..... plus, a traditional barn dance with live caller and fish and chip supper on Saturday and a big breakfast before the Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday morning.
See the Harvest 24 page for more info and to download a booking form
The Latest from Holy Trinity
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
A Warden's life is very busy and very varied ...
Last week I was at a meeting planning the worship rotas for the last part of the year including Christmas! That seems a long way off when we are in the middle of summer, but forward planning is essential when so many people are involved in lots of different way.
The following day involved me, along with John (our Rector) and John (the other warden) - confusing on occasions! - taking a close look at our Quinquennial report. This a 5 yearly assessment of the state of the Church building and the surrounding land, prepared by our architects. It points out to us such work as needs to be done to maintain the fabric of the Church. Lots of smaller jobs can be done by our team of willing volunteers but some will need specialist input.
Then on Saturday I was privileged to be warden at two weddings, one of which was for a couple who have been regular members of our congregation for some time. It was a very joyful time, celebrating the love between two people – and the sun did come out eventually!
Then on Sunday we held our regular 10 a.m. service and I was warden for the two Baptism services that followed.
So as you can tell life is always busy. Oh yes, and in between all that I was trying to watch Wimbledon! Enjoy the rest of the summer holidays.
Annie Blackwell, Chris Stanley and Amanda Munden transformed our chancel into the kitchen of a Swedish Count house on Midsummer Eve as Elle Knight directed 'Miss Julie' by August Strindberg.
In a darkly humourous tale the young woman of the title was drawn to a senior servant, a valet named Jean, who is particularly well-travelled, well-mannered and well-read. On this night the relationship between Miss Julie and Jean escalated rapidly .......
We are very grateful to 'Intimate Theatre' who provided their talents freely for our enjoyment.
... or at least here come the summer holidays. Schools and colleges across the country will be breaking up for their long holiday very soon. Many universities already have. And so the annual trek to the seaside, or to foreign climes begins.
For many it will be a time of relaxation and happiness. But not for all.
Some have just taken exams and will be on tenterhooks, unable to relax, while they wait for the results. Some would rather not spend any more time with their families than they have to, not be dragged off to places they don’t want to be. Some are from families where a holiday away is only a dream – they can’t afford the cost.
Of course those without children who aren’t limited to taking holidays when the schools are out – they will spend the summer at home, preferring to travel and stay away when the rush has quietened down. Some have no one to go away with. And sadly there are some who are simply well enough, physically or mentally, to go away.
So whatever you will be this summer, I hope you’ll find something to enjoy in there. Me ... I’ll be around all summer, hoping life will be a little quieter with so many people away. And dreaming of this Cornish beach!
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