Priest Killed in Normandy

As the news comes in of the murder of a priest in Normandy I want to join with many others in both condemning this barbarity alongside recent horrendous events in Nice and Germany.

I am daily thankful for the peaceful co-existence and friendship between faith leaders and communities in wider Sandwell and here in Smethwick. The simple act of eating together has brought together leaders of different faiths in an act of common humanity. In this way over the last eight months people who did not know each other have discovered friendship, stories of faith and humanity and common bonds played out in what it is to be neighbour to one another.

We pray for the people of France as we pray for one another here in Smethwick and Sandwell.

Revd Nick Ross and Revd John Flitcroft

Our congratulations to Nick and John on their being ordained priests on Saturday 2nd July. The people of Holy Trinity Smethwick and All Saints Four Oaks have much to thank God for in the service and dedication of these two very special people as their curates!
Those ordained Priest by the Bishop of Birmingham in Birmingham Cathedral on Saturday 2 July (from L-R and with the parish in which they serve)

Andrew Wells – Christ Church, Quinton
Beccy Allen – St Christopher, Springfield
Nick Ross – The Resurrection, Smethwick
Giyanow Kayla – Aston and Nechells
Bishop David Urquhart
Michelle Parton – St Mary, Wythall
David Parker – St Mary, Selly Oak
John Flitcroft – All Saints, Four Oaks
Dan Hughes – St Nicholas, Elmdon


Congratulations! Water and New Home!

St Michaels Nursery achieved a Good in their OFSTED inspection as a result of much hard work by staff. Soon after we celebrated with them the opening of newly refurbished rooms and then the flood!
Swift action by staff meant children, staff and much equipment was safely removed from the premises and evacuation to Holy Trinity Church effected.
We have been delighted to offer hospitality to them for the last month, really appreciated all they have done to help us juggle all those who use this building with sensitivity and thought. We wish them well in their new temporary home for the next twelve months while St Michaels is rebuilt and restored.
Our prayers for their continued work as a staff team and for all they work with.

Christian Aid 2016

A marvellous day of fundraising on Saturday. Our thanks to all those who gave of their time and talent with special thanks to Jim Beale for co-ordinating the event. We will post news of the amount raised when all the envelopes are in.

Christian Aid: Fundraising, Celebration and Fun!

Christian Aid 2016

A special day to raise funds for Christian Aid. Please find below a list of events taking place in church. We would really appreciate your support on the day. Come and go as you please. More details to follow!
Saturday 21st May 2016 10am to 3pm
11am-11.30am Ex Cathedra Community Choir
12-12.20pm Bhangra
12.30-1.00pm and 1.20-1.45pm Ukulele Band
2.15-3pm Robert, sponsor a hymn
Plus Elise face painting, Abbie singing and Tanya reading her poetry.
Refreshments available all day
Holy Trinity Church
Church Hill Street
B67 7AH

Cllr Darren Cooper RIP

I with thousands of others was shocked to learn of the death on Saturday evening of Cllr Darren Cooper, Leader of Sandwell MBC and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and close colleagues.
Many, many of us, across the borough will have had cause to meet Darren. We will each remember different things. For me his courtesy, his memory for names, his enthusiasm for that he was about stood out for me. I have had cause to meet many politicians but here was a person, who put people first and then sought what seemed best for all. The dogma of politics seemed to be second to the people and for me that made him a more effective leader and much respected by many whatever their creed or faith or politics or persuasion.
Finally, when he asked me to speak alongside him at the gathering of people of different faiths outside the Council House in Oldbury after the Paris bombings last year I thought here was someone, outside of his comfort zone, but prepared nevertheless to give a clear lead to all of us in this borough. He spoke that day with clarity, integrity and courage and I will not forget that.
RIP Darren Cooper