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

Thu

25

May

2017

The Great Midlands Fun Run 2017

Over the last few weeks we may have noticed people of all ages running or sometimes walking in a very determined way around the streets of Sutton Coldfield. Just as the first snowdrops herald the approach of Spring so do the first street runners and walkers herald the coming of the Great Midlands Fun Run.

 

We may well wonder why they are running or walking, after all from the expressions on some of their faces it cannot just be for fun. They are running with the aim of raising money for charities and voluntary organisations.  As a direct result of their efforts the runners will improve the quality of life for those who live with physical, learning or emotional disabilities.  Some of the Charities that will benefit include Cancer Research, Acorns Children’s Hospice and the John Taylor Hospice – organisations that demonstrate great care and compassion for those who are ill or dying.

 

The Great Midlands Fun Run is a wonderful example of how a community comes together to demonstrate its great compassion for those who are ill or disabled. We should all encourage all those who take part, and perhaps to think about taking part next year.   

 

As Christians we know that the Gospel story is essentially telling of the great compassion that Jesus had for humanity; the compassion of Jesus shines like a beacon through the Gospel story. As Christians we are to follow his example by visiting the sick and bereaved. As Christians we are help to change lives through our support of various local Charities. Visiting and raising money are at times not very easy things to do, but they are the visible expressions of our Christian compassion for our local community.

 

Paul Duckers 

Sun

14

May

2017

Heritage gathers steam!

Our first open morning as part of the Heritage at the Heart project attracted around 80 visitors on 5th May.  As a result we now have some 35 people expressing an interest in becoming heritage stewards in our new scheme.  There were many visiting from the wider community seeing the church interior for the first time since its re-furb, and the "Wow" factor was still there!
We have also appointed our artists to work with community groups and schools to gather views on visitor resources, and are now finalising the specification for the IT work to develop our website to act as an archive and interactive information point for real and virtual visitors.

 

If you are interested in the stewarding scheme or would like any further information, please email:  heritage@htsc.org.uk 
Stella Thebridge

Sat

13

May

2017

City of Lichfield Concert Band

On Saturday we gathered again to spend a very enjoyable evening in the company of 44 members of the City of Lichfield Concert Band.  They were led by their very entertaining conductor, Mark Vause.

The band played a varied and exciting programme - including Grieg's March of the Trolls, Cornets-a-Go-Go and a selection from Les Miserables. The high point of the evening for some was the audience participation during The Beatles' Ticket to Ride!

It was great to see the church so full, and so many people having a lovely evening of music right here in the centre of Sutton Coldfield.

 

If you weren't able to join us this time please do come along to one or both of the remaining concerts this season.

Thu

27

Apr

2017

Summer term ...

As I write the new school term has just begun, and this summer term is a ‘funny’ one.  We are getting towards the end of the academic year and the long summer holidays are in sight but for many young people there is a large blot on the landscape which goes by the name of exams.  For them there will be lots of hard work and stress ahead until towards the end of June.

 

It doesn’t make planning for the youth clubs very easy as numbers will fluctuate wildly according to who has what exam when.   And although the younger age groups of JCYG aren’t so affected themselves so numbers may remain steadier, we are very reliant on a group of older young people who come and help each Friday and they will be caught up in exam fever.

 

We really need a bigger pool of helpers but so far the Lord has not sent anybody.  I think people are a bit scared of the youngsters and think they are going to feel out of their depth but it is really a lot gentler than that, with roles to suit all talents, and they really are a lovely lot whom we are privileged to have contact with.  I think if people came and had a no obligation visit they might actually like what they see.   I can but hope and pray.

 

Susie Walker

Youth Work Coordinator

Wed

12

Apr

2017

Despair ... and joy

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.

  

John

 

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