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
Well, that is it: Christmas is done and dusted for another year and we are now into early 2017. I wonder what the year will hold for each of us.
To be sure Holy Trinity and I are both into a new era. Church has been reordered and there will be lots of experiments happening on how to best make use of the new layout. It is exciting! And then for me, my post as Group Youth Worker has come to an end and I am now employed solely by Holy Trinity for 10 hours per week.
The next few months for me will also be fairly experimental as we see what is do able with reduced hours. We want to keep the well-established youth groups going and are grateful that people from the other churches in the Group who have helped in the past are happily willing to carry on. We hope more people will become involved. We will also continue to operate an open door policy at the youth groups: they are for anyone who comes our way. Time will tell over what else is possible and we will be listening closely to God to hear his call and leading.
In a way, as with the church building, nothing has changed. We still are a worshipping body of people and I am still a youth worker. But also, everything has changed. Somehow it is all different even though it feels familiar. What happens, where we go, who knows?
Youth Work Coordinator
The Season of Advent is over, the waiting has finished and on Christmas Day we will celebrate the birth of Jesus, a baby born in a manger.
During Advent we have been given time to think about our faith, in particular about our discipleship. To think about how we can show the world that we are the people who glory in the gifts brought by the Christ Child. The child who brings to us the gifts of hope, peace, love, joy and light.
In a very remarkable way we at Holy Trinity have been given a wonderful opportunity to explore our discipleship and to think about how we use the gifts of the Christ Child. During the last year we have been reordering our Church; trying to make our Church a truly holy and welcoming place. A place from which we can reach out to the community. Finally the builders have gone (well almost) and they have transformed the Church. The pews have been replaced by comfortable chairs and there are now meeting rooms within the Church. Incredibly the Church feels much bigger and pure light streams in through the brilliant stained glass windows. It as if the Church building has been given a new life.
As a community of Christians we are exploring ways in which we can use our reordered building, how we can use it to give renewed life to the gifts of hope, peace, love, joy and light. Be with us this Christmas, come and welcome the Christ Child in a Church that is full of light and expectation for the future.
I don’t know about you, but I really do not want to think about Christmas until December arrives!
I get asked the usual questions. Have you written your cards/done all your shopping. Where will you spend Christmas and who with? Have you made your cake/puddings/mince pies? What would you like for Christmas?
So here we are almost half way through the month, the town will be packed with shoppers, parties will be in full swing and everyone will be preparing for Christmas Day.
It’s the same here in church. This weekend our preparation continues with our annual toy service when congregation members bring presents to give to children less fortunate than ourselves. It’s just a small way to show our love and care for others less fortunate.
Somewhere in all the busy-ness, we should take time to remember the true meaning of Christmas! Jesus was born as a gift from God to the world, to be among us as a baby and later in his life to show us the way to live as God wants us to.
Enjoy your Christmas preparations, and the giving and receiving of gifts. And remember why we do it.
Ros Dyke, Warden
On Saturday 3rd December we were treated to a concert by the exceptional international concert pianist, Di Xiao.
Through a wide range of classical pieces Di Xiao conjured up vivid images of water, dance and moonlight.
It was particularly wonderful to hear the pieces of Chinese music which would have been new to most of us.
It was lovely to see so many people there to enjoy this 'Friends of Holy Trinity' concert in our beautiful church.
If you missed Di Xiao this time, watch out for more concerts in future years (we hope!). And have a look at the list of other concerts and events in our 2016-17 season - there's sure to be something that appeals.
I don’t quite know how I’ve managed it, but we’ve reached the start of Advent and I haven’t yet heard Noddy Holder yelling ‘It’s Christmas!!!’ Wonders will never cease.
Still, Noddy Holder or not, it’s time to prepare for Christmas, and our celebration of God’s gift to all of us of Jesus Christ. On the home front the annual scratching of heads over what presents to buy for the family has started. On the church front, I’ve been preparing service sheets that will see us through to Christmas Day and beyond.
So what have we got planned at Holy Trinity. Well there’s something special happening on every Sunday in Advent ...
· On 27th November, at 6.30pm there is a service of Advent Carols, when we’re joined by people from some of the other churches in the town;
· On 4th December, at 4.00pm we have our Christingle Service, at which children and adults make Christingles and support the work of the Children’s Society;
· On 11th December, at 10am there is our Toy Service, when everyone donates a new toy which we then distribute to children who will otherwise receive very little at Christmas;
· And on 18th December, at 6.30pm we have our Candlelit Carol Service, when the choir lead us in carols and we hear the Christmas story told in a series of nine readings from scriptures.
All that before we even get to Christmas!
So please, come and join us to make your spiritual preparations for Christmas. You’ll be made very welcome.
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