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
Advent Angels in church!
This Christmas we have filled the church with angels! See our Advent Angel page for more pictures.
Come along between 5 and 7 pm on Wednesday 13th or Friday 15th December to enjoy them.
There's no cost - and refreshments will be available.
Follow the Star
Can you identify the nativity characters in the stores of the Gracechurch Centre?
To find out more, and to download a trail sheet go to the Follow the star page.
The Latest from Holy Trinity
The month of December always seems to be the busiest time of the year. There is a frantic rush to shop for food and presents, and it can all seem rather stressful.
The situation seems little different at Church; at Holy Trinity we have a number of special Services, which include Christingle making, a Toy Service with the help of our Uniformed Organisations, an evening Candlelit Carol Service, a Crib Service, a Midnight Communion Service and finally on Christmas Day a family Communion Service to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. It can seem rather stressful and busy.
There is great need for all of us to slow the pace of our busy lives. The poet Henry Davies wrote “What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.” As Christians we have to remind ourselves that we are in the time of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas during which we are asked to wait patiently for the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Advent is intended to give us the opportunity to step aside from day to day stresses, to be still and to think about our faith; to take time to think about how to live out our faith.
We should reach Christmas Day confident in our faith and prepared to welcome the infant Jesus to our world. Christmas Day is that wonderful moment when we accept the gifts that Jesus brings, the gifts of hope, peace, love and joy. Christmas Day is the moment when we have the opportunity to share those gifts with all others. Join with us at Holy Trinity to welcome the Christ Child.
The Heritage Project Steering Group has now held six meetings and things are progressing well.
We’ve been training our Heritage Volunteer Stewards. We hope to start opening the church at regular times from the New Year - look out for the 'Church Open' boards. Huge thanks to Liz Petley for overseeing the whole recruitment process. (You’ll be able to spot the Stewards because they each now have a striking purple ‘uniform’ to wear!)
We'd love to recruit more volunteer stewards so do let us know if you'd like to apply to join us. We'll be recruiting and training more stewards as time goes by. Come and see what we do and have a chat with us to find out more.
The Heritage Lottery Fund grant has allowed us to commission outside experts to carry out some aspects of the project. This includes our new website which will be online in due course - watch this space! We have also engaged a professional photographer to take some photographs of the church for the historical record and to capture church life.
Earlier in the year we recruited the creative talents of Secret City Arts, and they’ve been working hard. Filming is complete for three films written and made with Town Junior School on the early days of Sutton Coldfield (Romans, Saxons etc), Bishop Vesey and the coming of the railway to Sutton. These will be launched in church with the school - we’ll let you now more when plans are finalised.
On the historical research side, we have a student from Birmingham University, Danielle, helping us with scanning and recording a range of documents from church and other sources. A visit to Warwick County Record Office to look at a number of resources relating to the church was helpful. And local historian Roger Lea continues to help with this side of the project.
It’s great to see things start to come together to celebrate and share the heritage of Holy Trinity Church. Keep an eye on our Heritage Project page for more details and updates. We hope you’ll continue to support us, and come along (with your friends!) in the New Year when we begin to open the church to visitors.
It is nearly Advent!
Normally at this time of year the 'youth worker' is busy working all hours of the day in preparation for our annual advent event, run with two other churches, for around 60 children. But we're giving that a rest this year. So at the moment, all is quiet on the Western Front!
However, one feels this may be the calm before the storm. In the next couple of weeks we are hoping to receive around 1000 paper angels made by the good people of Sutton, all of which will need assembling and stringing together to create a stunning visual display in our church. I imagine that this task may take a considerable amount of time, energy and patience, so I am enjoying not thinking too much about it for now.
People keep asking if I am busier in the run up to Christmas. It isn’t actually that bad for me (unlike the Clergy) and it helps that at the older youth group we are not having our Christmas party until 4th February next year. (No, don’t ask why: it is too long an explanation! - but we ARE going to the Panto this side of Christmas.) Meanwhile the younger youth club kids are starting to count down to the big day and are happy to do Christmas craft every week. The atmosphere is increasingly one of excitement and anticipation.
I like Advent. It has a nice, light and hopeful feel to it and it certainly carries youth events nicely until Christmas and then a break for the two clubs. So when the angels start massing and we are up against the clock to get them all organised, that Advent spirit will also carry me and the team.
Youth Work Coordinator
This year Remembrance Sunday falls at a very appropriate point. 100 years ago, in the midst of the First World War, the Battle of Passchendaele took place. I’m sure there was much bravery shown – for example, a staggering 61 Victoria Crosses were awarded. I’m more taken though by the number of people who died there – over half a million.
Why don’t human beings learn from this history? Around the world people gather together each year to remember these dreadful events, but I fear we don’t remember well enough. If we did I don’t think we’d keep on doing it all again, I think we’d move heaven and earth to avoid another war.
When we meet on Remembrance Sunday, it will be in the shadow of one of the most serious risks of catastrophe that I can remember. North Korea seems hell-bent on acquiring nuclear weapons, and exacerbate the nervousness the world feels by sabre-rattling at the USA. Whilst the USA is led by a president who seems only able to respond by raising the temperature still further threatening destruction on a nuclear scale.
Does this worry you as it does me? As I prepare for this year’s Remembrance Service, one passage of scripture keeps coming back to me, a passage we will hear read at the service ...
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff – they comfort me.’ [Psalm 23.4]
Whatever happens in these dangerous times, I hold to my faith that God is with us – as should you.
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.
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