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
The Latest from Holy Trinity
During 2017 our Music Co-ordinator, Stella Thebridge, decided to stand down from the role. Stella hasn’t departed, but wanted to release time to focus on other things – particularly our Heritage Project. So we spent the last 4 months of the year searching for a new Director of Music and Organist.
The search was successful, for which we thank God! And so this month we welcome to Holy Trinity our new Director of Music and Organist ... David Rice.
David attended Cambridge University where he studied for a BA in Music. Whilst there he shared organ duties in his college chapel, and for a while he was Director of Music at a nearby parish church. At the end of his course, David moved on to Tewkesbury Abbey for a year, where he was Organ Scholar ... also playing at Dean Close School. Then last summer he moved to Birmingham University to study for an MA in Music, with a particular focus on conducting. Now, whilst still studying for his MA, he comes to us ... and we’re delighted to have him here. We look forward to a long and fruitful time for our music under his leadership.
Meanwhile – we are immensely thankful to Stella for her time as our Music Co-ordinator, and I hope she understands just how thankful we are for all she has done in the role.
We also thank the many organists who supported us in Stella’s time. Whilst Stella is an excellent pianist, she is the first to say she isn’t an organist. So we have seen many organists over the years. For the last couple of years, Bernard Salter and Michael Gainford have been foremost amongst those organists. Both have been immensely supportive during this change, and both will continue to be with us from time to time, and we are grateful that those relationships will continue.
So we give thanks for the music we have enjoyed at Holy Trinity in the past, and we look to the future with anticipation.
All being well, 2018 should be a momentous year for the Friends as we head towards both our 5th anniversary of foundation in September and a £50,000 fundraising mark to be hit.
As well as the satisfaction of hosting almost 30 concerts and events since 2013, it's fantastic to think that the Friends has enabled over 5000 people to come into our church for concerts, theatrical productions, Christmas Tree Festivals and other events. As well as to present inspiring events and raise much needed funds for the building and fabric of Holy Trinity, our vision has always been to make Holy Trinity a warm and accessible space to welcome the wider Royal Sutton Coldfield community.
With phase 1 of the church's re-ordering project completed with phase 2 to come, the success of the Heritage Lottery Fund backed project, children and you activities, and Friends concerts and events bringing new people into our church, it really feels that Holy Trinity is restoring its rightful position as a vibrant beacon of light in our town and being a place where people might want to worship in the 21st century.
We're really delighted to be welcoming a great group of musicians - Fret & Fiddle - to bring Jazz to Holy Trinity on Saturday 3rd February. On the 17th March, we will host a nationally acclaimed orchestra - The British Police Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for both events are available from this very website.
Shortly, the Friends committee will be starting to review options for our 6th 2018/2019 season. As satisfying as it is to reflect on our past events, each year to becomes harder and harder to identify those captivating events that will achieve our aims. New committee members are always welcome to provide new and refreshing ideas.
We're very grateful to the team of volunteers who prepare and manage our events and we're very grateful for the generosity of our two corporate supporters - Dignity plc and CM2000 Limited - which means that the maximum possible ticket revenues go towards our funds.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
After the long wait of Advent, Christmas is finally here. Here at Holy Trinity we’ve put up the Christmas tree, decorated the church with flowers and, for the first time, invited a host of paper angels to fill our church.
We’ve made Christingles, brought gifts for children who need them and sung carols in the candlelight.
Now Christmas has arrived and we’re celebrating the birth of Christ. Will you celebrate with us?
You may be a regular at Holy Trinity, coming every Sunday, in all weathers, to worship here. You may be someone who can’t come every week but are still a familiar face. You may come only on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter, when you feel drawn to church. You may be a visitor to the town, looking for Christmas services here. Or you may be someone who has never been to church, but would like to.
Whoever you are, you’re welcome at Holy Trinity. You’re welcome to come along to one (or more!) of our Christmas services to worship God with us. There’s a place for you here.
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.
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