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.
Church Open Day: The church will be open on Saturday the 22nd July 11 am to 3 pm. Find out more on our Heritage Project page.
The Latest from Holy Trinity
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.
Annie Blackwell, Chris Stanley and Amanda Munden transformed our chancel into the kitchen of a Swedish Count house on Midsummer Eve as Elle Knight directed 'Miss Julie' by August Strindberg.
In a darkly humourous tale the young woman of the title was drawn to a senior servant, a valet named Jean, who is particularly well-travelled, well-mannered and well-read. On this night the relationship between Miss Julie and Jean escalated rapidly .......
We are very grateful to 'Intimate Theatre' who provided their talents freely for our enjoyment.
... or at least here come the summer holidays. Schools and colleges across the country will be breaking up for their long holiday very soon. Many universities already have. And so the annual trek to the seaside, or to foreign climes begins.
For many it will be a time of relaxation and happiness. But not for all.
Some have just taken exams and will be on tenterhooks, unable to relax, while they wait for the results. Some would rather not spend any more time with their families than they have to, not be dragged off to places they don’t want to be. Some are from families where a holiday away is only a dream – they can’t afford the cost.
Of course those without children who aren’t limited to taking holidays when the schools are out – they will spend the summer at home, preferring to travel and stay away when the rush has quietened down. Some have no one to go away with. And sadly there are some who are simply well enough, physically or mentally, to go away.
So whatever you will be this summer, I hope you’ll find something to enjoy in there. Me ... I’ll be around all summer, hoping life will be a little quieter with so many people away. And dreaming of this Cornish beach!
Just a night before they headed to Llangollen for the opening of the 2017 International Eisteddfod, Birmingham Canoldir Male Choir returned to Holy Trinity for a packed performance.
As well as traditional male voice choir numbers, the second half was dedicated to music of American influence including a selection from West Side Story.
Conductor - James Llewellyn Jones compered the evening which also featured two young soloists. Daniel Jones, an up and coming flautist from the Birmingham Conservatoire performed along with Jody Smith - violinist - who captivated the audience. Jody is now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.
The evening was a huge success with over a £1400 surplus declared.
It's hard to believe that we are approaching the 4th anniversary of the Friends of Holy Trinity and the end of our 4th season of events. In that time, the Friends have raised almost £40,000 - exclusively towards the building and fabric of the church - and organised a staggering 24 events! A real team effort from so many people at Holy Trinity!
On the 4th June, Nicola & I completed the 8.5 mile Great Midlands Fun Run, raising sponsorship for the Friends of Holy Trinity. I managed to complete the course in 1 hr 14 mins and Nicola 1 hr 32 mins. Two of our sons - James and Ben - also took part with James shaming his Dad by a time of 1 hr 12 mins! £355 was raised, with Gift Aid reclaim to come. Well done to all who took part and thank you for your kind sponsorship.
Two more events are to come this season before we can relax for the Summer. The acclaimed Canoldir Male Voice Choir will be with us for a concert on the 1st July, and Intimate Theatre will present "Miss Julie" on the 15th July. Tickets for both are already on sale at htsc.org.uk or from the Trinity Centre office (tel : 0121 321 1144).
"Miss Julie" is a play by August Strindberg set on Midsummer's Eve on the estate of a Swedish Count, the young woman of the title is drawn to a senior servant, a valet named Jean, who is particularly well-travelled, well-mannered and well-read. The action takes place in the kitchen of Miss Julie's father's manor, where Jean's fiancée, a servant named Christine, cooks and sometimes sleeps while Jean and Miss Julie talk. On this night the relationship between Miss Julie and Jean escalates rapidly. A fantastic theatrical piece to look forward to.
The Committee is busy organising our 5th season of events which kicks off with The Night Watch presenting music through the ages right from the mediaeval period with authentic instruments on the 16th September. This will form part of a heritage weekend.
Exciting times ahead! Thank you so much for your continuing support through membership and attending our events.
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