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Welcome Hayward!

We are delighted to welcome as our celebrant and preacher The Venerable Hayward Osborne, Archdeacon of Birmingham on Sunday 16th September 2018.

Hayward has made a huge contribution to the life of the churches of Sandwell and is hugely appreciated by many. He is also an excellent preacher and you are welcome to join us!

180 Years Young!

On Sunday September 9th we celebrate 180 years of the life of Holy Trinity Smethwick. We are delighted to welcome The Right Reverend Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston to lead our celebrations and preach.

Please use the following prayer as a sign of your support for the continued life and ministry of this church in the town of Smethwick. Thank you!

A Prayer for Holy Trinity Smethwick

God Our Father, we give you thanks for your care and blessing over these 180 years on this church of Holy Trinity Smethwick

God, the Son, we give you thanks that you have walked with the people of Holy Trinity Smethwick through war and peace, through poverty and  plenty.

God the Holy Spirit, we thank you that you have empowered your church of Holy Trinity Smethwick in acts of service, prayer and compassion.

Now we give you thanks for your blessing on this house of prayer, where we are stirred to faithful witness and are built up by your Spirit into a temple made without hands, even the body of your Son Jesus Christ.

Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we offer you ourselves and this place afresh.


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 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!