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
For pictures around our newly re-ordered church please visit our Re-ordering: Phase 1 completed page.
The Latest from Holy Trinity
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.
Well what have the Social Committee been up to lately? We supported the Friends' concerts with the refreshments, working in the new refreshment space we have in church. Refreshments for the All Souls Service and Candlelit Carol Service. We held a 'Big Breakfast' event in November which turned out to be very popular. We have had a trip to the Lichfield Garrick Theatre to see the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime.
We are going to see the 2017 Gang Show on the 25th February, it is usually very good and well worth seeing, the uniformed organisations put so much effort and hard work into the content and performance, adults and kids.
We thought it was about time we had a party, we have been waiting till the church reordering project was over and now was the time. We thought we were a little too late to organize things for Christmas and Burns Night, and St George’s Day was a little too distant … so we settled on St Patrick's Day. Well to be more precise the day after the official day, but a good excuse either way.
As with all social events we just aim to break even, if we mismanage and make a small profit it will go to Holy Trinity's nominated charity, which for this year is split between Acacia Family Support - which offers Pre- and Post-natal depression support services to families across Birmingham - and Emma Sykes project in Malawi. Tickets are available from the Trinity Centre office.
What else will be coming up in the future? We will be making posies for the Mothering Sunday service, help is always appreciated especially from children and dads. Hot cross buns and refreshments on Good Friday; there are the Friends' concerts coming up in March, May and July. We haven't discussed it yet but we will probably be holding a quiz evening in the coming months and another 'Big Breakfast'. Any other ideas are always welcome, just let Sue or Colin know and they will be considered.
Sue and Colin Ingley
On Saturday the church was transformed into a theatre as we were held spellbound by the dramatic skills of Alison Neil - 'the Just William Lady'.
In four acts Alison took the 'stage' with her one-woman show, a lively and affectionate look at the life of Richmal Crompton.
Richmal Crompton was at the centre of a large and eccentric family; there was the brother who ran away to Africa, the grandfather who drank acid, the nephew and niece who were kidnapped, and the mother who saved Richmal's life. There was also Tommy…Richmal's nephew and the real-life inspiration for William Brown.
Alison was poignant, expressive and very funny!
So now we know that our newly re-ordered church works magnificently as a theatre. Maybe this will just be the first of many plays and dramatic performances in the future.
Holy Trinity has just been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It's exciting news - we'll be able to run a volunteer stewarding programme allowing us to keep the church open during weekdays and out of service times.
We hope lots of people from the age of 16 upwards will want to give a few hours’ time. They'll be volunteering to be part of a team which aims to enthuse others about our incredible 700-year-old Grade I listed building. We'll advertise for applications soon.
We want visitors to understand more about the many unique parts of our church, and we need to record some of these so we are clear about the history. So we'll be setting up a website of resources, trails for visitors and printed guides for all ages.
Our website will enable people to visit on-line, so whether you are reading this in Sutton Coldfield, or are much further afield, you'll be able to see the church and feel part of its history. In due course there will be a link from the main church website to the heritage pages. We'll blog from time to time to report progress on all aspects of the project.
Meanwhile there is a dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Do email if you would like information about any aspect of the project. We will also add news to the church newsletter, so make sure you have signed up to receive that.
Well, that is it: Christmas is done and dusted for another year and we are now into early 2017. I wonder what the year will hold for each of us.
To be sure Holy Trinity and I are both into a new era. Church has been reordered and there will be lots of experiments happening on how to best make use of the new layout. It is exciting! And then for me, my post as Group Youth Worker has come to an end and I am now employed solely by Holy Trinity for 10 hours per week.
The next few months for me will also be fairly experimental as we see what is do able with reduced hours. We want to keep the well-established youth groups going and are grateful that people from the other churches in the Group who have helped in the past are happily willing to carry on. We hope more people will become involved. We will also continue to operate an open door policy at the youth groups: they are for anyone who comes our way. Time will tell over what else is possible and we will be listening closely to God to hear his call and leading.
In a way, as with the church building, nothing has changed. We still are a worshipping body of people and I am still a youth worker. But also, everything has changed. Somehow it is all different even though it feels familiar. What happens, where we go, who knows?
Youth Work Coordinator
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