Coronavirus response

We’ll post updates here detailing the ways in which Holy Trinity Parish Church will be responding to the coronavirus epidemic. Information will also be shared, when possible, through our Twitter feed and our Facebook page. Please see our home page for information about when the church is open.

Scroll down this page for:

  • Resources and suggestions for prayer during the week
  • The latest letter from the Rector
  • Streamed services, including upcoming and past services
  • Videos and activities for the children
  • Suggestions on ways to help the community
  • Information about where to get help if you’re struggling with your mental health
  • Information about weddings, baptisms and funerals

Resources for prayer during the week

We’re holding a service in church (with live streaming) each Sunday, but this doesn’t meet people’s needs throughout the week at what is a particularly difficult time for many.  So for those who don’t already have their own materials and patterns of daily prayer, here are a few on-line resources that may be help you pray each day.  We’ve chosen these because they are good – and also free to download/access!

The Church of England’s regular pattern of daily prayer is Common Worship: Daily Prayer, https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/daily-prayer.  This is the on-line version of the book John and Leanne use each morning in the Vesey Chapel in more ‘normal times’.  Don’t try to do all the services every day – just focus on one.  If you want to pray first thing use Morning Prayer, in you prefer praying around lunch time use Prayer During the Day, in the late afternoon or early evening try Evening Prayer, or last thing before bed go for Compline.

The Northumbria Community offer a similar pattern to the Common Worship material, but with a Celtic flavour.  And their website is a lot easier to navigate!  https://www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/how-to-use-daily-office/.  Again you’ll find a full range of services – Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline.

The Irish Jesuits offer https://www.sacredspace.ie/daily-prayer.  There is just one service offered each day, each having guides on things like breathing exercises to help you focus, reflections on the scripture passage and so on.

Latest Rector’s letter

You can read John’s latest letter to the congregation here: John’s letter 5th August 2020

And you can read Carol Hoare’s letter here:Carol Hoare’s letter 22nd May 2020

Visit our new ‘Eco Church and Inclusive Church’ page for more information about these new initiatives for Holy Trinity, mentioned in John’s letter of 14th May.

 

Streamed services

We are now live-streaming our public church services each Sunday morning and also recording weekly videos for our children. If you can’t come to the church, or prefer not to, please join us each week for the 10am Sunday service, which will be live on our Facebook page and will be available to view anytime later. All the links are given below. You do not have to be on Facebook yourself to view.   To watch live, we suggest you go to the page by 9.55am ready for 10.00am start.

Sunday, 10.00 am Holy Communion service

Link to follow the livestreamed service on Sunday morning: https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityChurchSC/

Link to download the service sheet: Trinity Season – Service sheet

The recorded children’s video will be uploaded each Sunday https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityChurchSC/

(All services and children’s videos can also be watched at any time after they are live-streamed – see links below).

Recordings of our previous services

You can see our previous services by following the links below:

Help for the community

If you’re looking for ways to volunteer your time to help others in the community, visit the Sutton Coldfield Together website. This allows such support to be co-ordinated locally.

Please think about your own safety, and the safety of others when offering help. And please do continue to support our local food banks – their need is greater than ever at the moment.

At Holy Trinity, our contributions go to the food bank run by Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church. They are still open, but if you can’t give items, please consider making a donation of money by following this link https://scbc.churchsuite.co.uk/donate/ and earmarking your donation for ‘community (e.g. food bank)’. Also, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall is accepting donations for other food banks in its main entrance, Mondays to Fridays, 10 am-2 pm.

And if you’d like to help others around you, you may like to let them know by putting the following postcard through their door. (Download a pdf for printing at home).

Mental health worries?

If you find you’re struggling with your mental health and well being during this difficult period, you may find it helpful to visit the website of Birmingham Mind, who can offer help. You can also find helpful information and advice from the Church of England page on supporting good mental health.

Weddings, baptisms and funerals

Over the last few weeks we’ve had guidance/instructions permitting us to resume weddings, baptisms and funerals.  And we have been working out how we can put them into practice so that we can do these services at Holy Trinity safely.  We now have a set of procedures that will work, so we are ready to go.

Sadly, it’s not ‘back to normal’ at the moment.  Whilst we can now do these services, there are under a number of constraints.  A major one for the church service is that legally no more than 30 people (including the minister) can be present.  Another is the social distancing limitations that will be applied to the venues where people may be planning receptions/parties for after the service.  But … we are ready to go ahead, if you are willing to live with the restrictions!

For those of you who already have bookings, we have been updating you on any developments which affect you, but if any of you have questions please contact John who will try to give you answers.  For those of you who haven’t yet booked, please contact us to find out about availability.