Keith Shires

Keith worshipped at Holy Trinity Smethwick for nine years before his death. Shortly before his death, knowing that was imminent I asked how should I pray for him. He said I should pray that he would know grace and peace in his manner of dying.

Keith demonstrated that grace and peace in the few weeks between being told he was dying and his death.

Days before dying Keith had been installed as warden of our parish. It was one of the last evenings he had but his sense of calling and that grace and peace was what struck us all.

Keith, it was a delight to know you and great to be challenged and argued with by you. You made a big contribution to the life of Holy Trinity Smethwick.

Keith’s funeral is Tuesday 19th June at 11am at Holy Trinity Smethwick.

Revd David Gould

Lent 2018 – Loving Our Neighbours

We are delighted to join with churches across Warley for:-


 Feb 22nd: Women First

Mar 1st: Faithful Friends

Mar 8th: Places of Welcome

Mar 15th: Common Ground

Mar 22nd: Smethwick CAN

 Regent Street Baptist Church, Smethwick.

 7pm Simple Shared Meals followed by 7.30-9pm Table Talks

 ‘Come and See’








New Year New Opportunities

A fascinating visit to India with the Faithful Friends project followed by my annual retreat at The Friary, Alnmouth in Northumbria has made for a very special start to the year for me personally. Alongside that are the struggles with illness of too many of the people here at Holy Trinity and the sadness and grief around the death of Ebonie whose life we celebrated at her funeral this week. All who met her and her family honour the courage and hope they made real to us.

Now, as we prepare for Lent, we look forward as a church, celebrating all that God is doing in this special place called Smethwick.

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

We are delighted to offer the following services to celebrate Christmas 2017 to which we welcome all!

Sunday December 17th at 6.00pm Nine Lessons and Carols – the traditional carol service with a marvellous party afterwards!

Sunday 24th December at 4.30pm The Crib Service where we especially invite younger children to be part of the celebrations….as well as the younger child in us all.

Sunday 24th December at 11.30pm The Midnight Service of Holy Communion which finishes in time for you to get home and get a glass of something out for Father Christmas……

Monday 25th December at 10.00am Christmas Day Holy Communion 

Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!


2017 Service of Remembering

Each year we meet to remember those we have loved and lost in death. We welcome all who have had a funeral service at Holy Trinity as well as any others who would like to come and quietly remember those whose loss they mourn.

The service is on Sunday 5th November at 4.00pm at Holy Trinity Smethwick. The service lasts no more than one hour.

Faithful Friends: On Tour-Update

We have now visited Worcester, North Cornwall, Wrexham prison, the Yemeni Community Centre West Bromwich, Ladywood, the Smethwick Guru Nanak Gurdwara and the Mosque and Madrassa in Dewsbury. Each visit has been very special in different ways and has enabled a deeper understanding between those of us Making the pilgrimages together to these special places. If you would like to see some films of the visits please visit You Tube, Faithful Friends On Tour.

We were due to fly to India on 8.10.17 on the next stage of our journey together but we have had to postpone this, probably till January due to some of the team being unable to get visas in time. I thank God for all I am learning and experiencing through this project and for the funding bodies that have made this possible. The project has now been recognised by Coventry Cathedral for its first Together for Hope award which is a new worldwide programme and we are working with them and Sandwell MBC to plan an event in Sandwell in early 2018 to receive that award.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement of this project.

Revd David Gould