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
Harvest 24 - Children's activities, Barn Dance and Big Breakfast all in 24hrs
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
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
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.
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