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 want to flood our church with angels and we need your help.
To find out more, and to download the Angel template go to the Advent Angels page.
The Latest from Holy Trinity
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.
After the success of the Church as a venue for the 'Friends' concerts we have started to receive enquires to hire it for outside concerts and we have already had one booking. The newly re-ordered church certainly makes an excellent venue, with the new kitchen/cafe area available for refreshments. We also hold a 'Knit n Natter' group, in the church, on the second Monday of the month.
The heritage open day was very successful with visitors coming to look at the history and heritage of the church, combined with the modern facilities. They also went over to the Trinity Centre to take part in the activities there, intended for children but enjoyed by all.
The Trinity Centre has also had a slight improvement in bookings, some good one off bookings as well as the regular use by the NHS and various community groups.
On the weekend of 7/8th October we have Harvest 24, it begins on the Saturday at noon and finishes on Sunday at noon (hence Harvest 24) to celebrate harvest festival. There are study sessions in the afternoon along with activities for children. In the evening we will be moving the chairs and holding a barn dance in the church. Then in the morning we will be holding a big breakfast in the Trinity Centre, followed by the harvest festival in the church. After which we will be celebrating a year since we re-opened the church with a birthday cake.
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!
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