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.

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.

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 (from 3rd April).

Streamed services

We regret to announce that we have had to cancel all public worship and close the church for the near future.  Whilst we are disappointed to take this step, we recognise it as a necessary part of the national effort to control the spread of the Coronavirus.  So for the meantime, we’re going to be live-streaming services from the Rectory. We’ll also be putting up links to recorded videos for our children.

Please join us for the 10am Sunday service online. It will be streamed live on our Facebook page and should be available to view anytime later. You do not have to be on Facebook yourself to view.  To watch the service follow the link below to our Facebook page. We suggest you go to the page between 9.45 and 9.55am ready for 10.00am start.

 

Palm Sunday

Link to Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityChurchSC. 

Link for the Palm Sunday (5th April) service sheet: Palm Sunday 2020 service sheet

Link for a video showing how to make a palm cross: Making a palm cross

Link for a video for the children: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=210664193686355

 

Good Friday

Link to Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityChurchSC. 

Link for the Good Friday 10.00 am service sheet: Good Fri am 2020 service sheet

 

Recording of our previous services

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

2nd April, letter from John

You can read John’s letter to the congregation for 2nd April, by clicking on one of the links below

John’s letter 2nd April 2020 pdf

John’s letter 2nd April 2020 Word

Weddings, baptisms and funerals

We are following advice from the Church of England for weddings, baptisms and funerals – a summary of what that means is set out below.

Weddings

If you already have a wedding booked at Holy Trinity, we know you must be very concerned. (John has been in contact with all couples with 2020 wedding bookings).

We have been instructed that wedding services cannot take place at present. We hope that this situation will not go on for too long, but we can’t be sure. We hope that those with dates quite a few months from now will be unaffected, or at least able to put off making a decision.

But those with booked dates within the next few months may well need to postpone to a later date. Please be assured, we will happily work with you to find a suitable slot.

At present it isn’t possible to read your banns. Depending on when your wedding takes place it may be necessary to get a Common or Special Licence instead. When the time comes John will help you do whatever is needed legally.

If you haven’t yet booked a wedding, but are hoping to, we are still happy to take bookings for the future when things are back to normal.

Baptisms

If you have already booked a baptism with us, again John has already been in touch.

We have been instructed that baptism services cannot take place at present. Those with dates a few months from now will hopefully be unaffected. But those with booked dates within the next few months may well need to postpone to a later date. Please be assured, we will happily work with you to find a suitable slot.

If you haven’t yet booked a baptism, but are hoping to, we are still happy to take bookings for dates for the future when things are back to normal.

Funerals

Funerals will continue but cannot take place in the church building – they must be at the graveside, or at a crematorium chapel.

Meetings between the minister taking the funeral and the bereaved will have to be by telephone rather than face-to-face. Numbers attending must be kept to a minimum – we advise immediate family only – and they must observe social distancing measures.

An option being followed by some families at the moment is to have a brief burial/cremation now, with a memorial service being held at a later date when larger gatherings are possible once again. We are happy to accommodate this if it is what you wish.

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).

Please think about your own safety, and the safety of others when offering help.

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.

The following events have been postponed or cancelled:

  • 21st March – Down for the Count – Friend’s Concert (postponed)
  • 28th March – A Concert for Christian Aid (postponed) – see message below
  • 16th May – City of Lichfield Concert band (cancelled)
  • 20th June – Canoldir Male voice choir (cancelled)
  • Open House – our Wednesday morning baby and toddler group (cancelled until further notice)
  • Film club
  • Knit & Natter
  • 23rd April – Quiz, plus fish and chip supper (postponed)

Message about the Concert for Christian Aid:

In line with recent guidance on social gatherings, we regret that the concert scheduled for 28th March at Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield will not now take place.  Ex Cathedra staff very much hope they might be able to offer a digital performance via their website in due course, and Holy Trinity hopes that it may be able to host a concert in autumn 2020 or Spring 2021 instead.  Please continue to support the wonderful work of Christian Aid at:  UK charity fighting global poverty | Christian Aid