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Welcome: Nicci Marshall Church Missionary Society
Nicci Marshall is welcomed today to Holy Trinity Smethwick to commence a partnership which we trust will grow deeply over the years. Nicci is responding to God’s call to work in “mission medicine” with the Church Missionary Society in Uganda.
I was born and grew up in South Africa and trained as a doctor. I then moved to the UK, but nearly 20 years later and with almost a decade spent working as a consultant in neonatal medicine within the NHS, I returned to Africa on a short term placement with Church Mission Society to Potter’s Village in Kisoro, Uganda. During this time I felt the strong calling, which had first begun in my teenage years, to work in “mission medicine”.
What a special year this 180th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church Smethwick is turning out to be!
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:-
A LENT COURSE EXPLORING THEMES OF LOVING ACTION IN SMETHWICK
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.
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-On You Tube
If you would like to see some of the work we have been doing have a look at: You tube: faithful friends on tour