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.

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 live streaming services 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 by clicking on the following link: John’s letter 28th May 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 services each Sunday morning and also recording weekly videos for our children. 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.

Update: You can now view the services on the homepage of this website – you may need to refresh the page just a few minutes before 10.00am. To enlarge it, click on the video and then click on the ‘click to enter fullscreen’ button at the bottom right of the video. After the service, the recorded video will remain on the home page until the next service.

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: Pentecost – 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 live-streamed 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

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.