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 re-ordering: For pictures around our newly re-ordered church please visit our Re-ordering: Phase 1 completed page.
The Latest from Holy Trinity
The most important weekend of the church year is fast approaching.
On Good Friday, the church will do the same thing it has done for nearly 2000 years. We will stand on the sidelines and watch the first part of a story unfold. A man will be tried – his crime being to put God’s love for all people above the establishment’s self-interest – and found guilty. Then he will be executed on a cross, a painful, shameful death.
We will quietly leave church, our heads hung low, and wait. And we will spend the next day or so waiting – and do nothing. We will wait and experience, for just a few brief hours, what it feels like to despair, to be without hope, without God’s presence and love.
But on Easter Sunday we will gather together, again doing what the church has done for nearly two millennia. We will watch the story’s second half. God will raise Christ, witnessing to the truth: that God’s love cannot be contained by human failings, that God’s life can conquer death and despair. And we will celebrate and rejoice.
On Good Friday and Easter Sunday we will travel first to the depths of despair, and then to the heights of joy. This season is the key moment of Christian faith. It shows us that through God’s love despair gives way to joy and hope, old life gives way to new. And the best news is … it happens, in ways great and small, every single day.
The last time I wrote was just before Christmas; and here we are already in the run-up to Easter.
The last three months have been particularly busy. We have settled down in our re-ordered Church and are exploring new ways of using the space. Recently the Diocese held a conference here, and the building was very well received.
A lot of effort needs to go in to moving chairs and tables into place, and there is the ‘techy’ stuff to see to. All this is worthwhile to have the Church used by the community for events during the week.
The period of Lent is a busy time, extra services, study times and preparations for Easter, all of which need planning. But it is also a time for reflection – to think about where we are on our journey of faith. To think about our role in Church Life, whether there is something different/ extra to do.
The role of Warden is certainly a busy one, challenging at times but rewarding in many ways!
Folk returned to Holy Trinity on Saturday with a fantastic performance by the award-winning duo - Gilmore & Roberts.
Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts combined the best of folk, acoustic and indie music with their trademark vocal harmonies.
It was great to see that the audience of regular attenders of Holy Trinity Friends' events was swelled by folk fans from around the region.
Yet another successful Folk Night at Holy Trinity!
As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity committee is busy preparing for their next concert with Gilmore & Roberts on the 25th March.
That concert marks a return to Folk after the stunning success of Will Pound & Eddy Jay's 2016 concert.
Like Will & Eddy, Gilmore & Roberts are no strangers to global success and will be heading to Sutton Coldfield following some sell-out shows in the United States and Germany. Gilmore & Roberts have been nominated three times for the prestigious Radio 2 Awards.
Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met whilst studying at Leeds College of Music. Since then, they have been regulars on the global folk circuit, combining the best of folk, acoustic and indie music with their trademark vocal harmonies.
The evening will be supplemented by a selection of real ales and ciders. Tickets are on sale securely on this very website.
The committee have already started to consider options for our 5th season during which we very much hope to hit the £50,000 mark raised since the Friends were established in 2013.
However, the 2016/7 season is not over yet. Put a note in your diaries now for City of Lichfield Concert Band on the 13th May and our season finale - Canoldir Male Voice Choir - on Saturday 1st July.
We look forward to welcoming you.
On Wednesday 1st March we will mark the beginning of Lent with a Service during which we will be marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes. It's a symbol of penitence and mortality.
The Service marks the beginning of the forty days of Lent. During the Service we will hear these words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” As I say, it's a reminder of our mortality. Lent is for Christians a time of prayer and reflection. Forty days of prayer and reflection, an opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of Jesus, his life, death and resurrection.
Our Christian faith is centred on the reality of the empty Tomb on the first Easter Day and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is strange, isn't it, that Jesus at the end of his earthly life could have been called a failure? His life ended in pain and disgrace on the Cross. He had recruited a very unlikely group of disciples who had run away, frightened and demoralised by his death on the Cross.
Yet from this terrible end to an apparently failed ministry has emerged Christianity; a religion that has followers in every country and every continent; a truly miraculous victory of life over death. It is the reality of the empty tomb and of the resurrection of Jesus that changed his followers, changed history and changed human life for ever.
The forty days of Lent give us an opportunity to reflect on our human mortality, and enable us to look forward with hope to the reality of the Resurrection and the promise of eternal life that it gives us all.
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