Holy Trinity is part of the Church of England, the parish church for about 13,000 people. The Church of England covers a wide variety of ‘flavours’ from Anglo-Catholic to Evangelical – we’re somewhere in the middle.
We recognise that different members of our congregation don’t all believe exactly the same thing, but we are united around the core belief to which our name, Holy Trinity, refers. We believe in one God seen in three different ways. A God:
- who lovingly creates us and all we see around us
- who forgives our shortcomings and gives us second chances time and time again
- who is present in creation, and sustains us in our lives
In all that we do we try to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ, especially his command that we should love God, and love each and every human life.
Because we are committed to the being the church for all the people living in our parish, we try to make our worship as open and welcoming to all ‘flavours’ as we reasonably can. We try to be a place where everyone can meet with God.
We tend to have a fairly modern outlook on life. For example, we are quite happy with women as vicars and bishops; we don’t mind baptising children whose parents aren’t married; we’ll usually take weddings where one partner is divorced … I’m sure you get the idea.
We believe God wants us to build a just world here and now. Faith isn’t just about belief, but belief put into action. So we are committed to supporting people less fortunate than ourselves. That includes giving to charities both local and overseas every year – we hope fairly generously.
Much of this is expressed in a statement of Our Vision …
First and foremost we are about God, and about offering a setting in which people may encounter God and in which the life of the spirit may flourish.
So here we’re talking about the building being accessible and available; about worship, prayerfulness, development of spirituality.
Themes of openness, acceptance and outreach come to mind. We want people to find the ways in and to belong – whatever their age, background or tradition.
We want to offer an environment in which people feel that they can ask questions, can explore what they believe.
This is about opportunities for learning; providing a place where faith and understanding are explored, discovered and nurtured.
This is not just for the congregation, but for the wider community and wider church.
This is about being a community in which the grace of God in Christ is shared through words and deeds.
We seek to offer pastoral care widely, offering people somewhere where they can belong; and to support the world church financially. The ministry of intercession and prayer for healing is part of this.
The wider church
You’re probably aware that Christianity comes in different forms – denominations. Some people are Roman Catholic, some are Eastern Orthodox, and so on. We at Holy Trinity are part of the Anglican Communion. In England, the Anglican denomination is the Church of England.
The Church of England covers every square centimetre of the country. It is divided into dioceses, each led by a bishop. Each diocese is divided into parishes.
Holy Trinity is part of the Diocese of Birmingham. We are the parish church for a substantial part of Sutton Coldfield. You can see our parish boundaries by looking at our webpage on A Church Near You.
Find out more about the Church of England and the Diocese of Birmingham – and about the Christian faith as it is expressed in the Church of England – on their own websites.
Working with others
Although we are a separate parish, we work closely with other Anglican churches in the area – especially with two other parishes whose boundaries we touch: together with St Chad’s, Sutton Coldfield and St Peter’s, Maney we are ‘The Sutton Coldfield Group’. Our clergy work together, and we share services and other events from time to time.
We work with local churches from other Christian denominations too. Each denomination expresses the faith differently but, in the end, our core belief is the same.
So we are part of Churches Together in Central Sutton Coldfield. Clergy and other church leaders meet regularly and we occasionally have joint services or events.