A new opportunity for midweek worship

posted 26 Sep 2017, 04:24 by John Goldring   [ updated 26 Sep 2017, 04:25 ]

Holy Trinity Heath Town

Do work or family commitments make it difficult to get to church on Sundays? Would you like to meet for worship and fellowship during the week? Then our new midweek service is for you.

The service, which will last no more than 45 minutes, will follow a different format each week of the month, so hopefully there will be something for everyone! It will initially run on a trial basis until Christmas, so do please let us know any feedback you may have by speaking to our curate Revd Rosanne Wilshire or emailing

Here is the monthly pattern of service formats:

1st Wednesday – Simple Evening Holy Communion

2nd Wednesday – Taize style Evening Prayer

3rd Wednesday – Celtic Evening Prayer

4th Wednesday – Common Worship Evening Prayer / Compline

5th Wednesday – Service of Healing

Complete the survey. Help the churchyard.

posted 4 Jul 2017, 06:10 by John Goldring   [ updated 11 Jul 2017, 02:07 by John Goldring ]

Community Garden

Holy Trinity Churchyard is a big place, seven acres in total. It is also very diverse with dozens of trees, a meadow, a wildlife garden, a community garden with seating and flower beds and lots and lots of grass. This all means lots of mowing, strimming, weeding, edging, pruning and litter picking to keep it looking its best - and all done by volunteers.

To help us make best use of limited resources and maintain the churchyard for the many people who visit for a variety of reasons and for wildlife we have applied for churchyard charity Caring for God's Acre to develop a new churchyard management plan for us. We are grateful to the Lichfield Diocesan Community Fund for the major part of funding this work .

Harriet Carty, Director of Caring for God's Acre, will be carrying out an on site survey of the churchyard and consultation with us later in July, but before that we would like to find out what you think so that your views can inform the new management plan. So please take a few minutes to complete this online survey before 30th July. Thank you.

(Paper copies of this survey are available from the church if you prefer - but please do not complete both online and on paper.)

Love, Life and Hope at Easter

posted 11 Apr 2017, 01:47 by John Goldring   [ updated 11 Apr 2017, 01:47 ]


You'll have heard it said that things are not always as they seem. Love is more powerful than hate; life is more powerful than death; good is more powerful than evil; hope is more powerful than fear.

These statements are at the heart of the meaning of Easter when Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. The belief that Jesus is alive brings hope and a confidence in God that ultimately love will win*.

We invite you to join us at any of our services over Easter and on any Sunday throughout the year.

With Easter greetings from all at Holy Trinity Church.

Revd Pippa Goldring
Associate Minister

* For more about Jesus see
You are welcome to join us at our Easter Services

Maundy Thursday, 13 April
7.30pm Holy Communion service

Good Friday, 14th April
10.30am All Age service
11:45am Walk of Witness (meet at Holy Trinity)
7.30pm Reflective service

Easter Day, 16th April
9.30am Holy Communion service
11.15am All Age celebration with Communion

Holy Trinity Mission Trip with Hands at Work in Africa

posted 18 Mar 2017, 10:18 by John Goldring   [ updated 5 Jun 2017, 01:06 ]

A Care Worker prepares the evening meal
A Care Worker prepares
the evening meal
Working with vulnerable children in Africa

Hands at Work in Africa
is a Christian charity working to care for orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. On 3rd June Debbie Blakemore and the Revd. Ros Wilshire will be joining a team from seven West Midlands churches on a visit to the charity Hands at Work in Africa. The group will travel to White River, the South African base of Hands at Work in Africa., six hours drive from Johannesburg.

Shoka Community-Based Organisation, Swaziland
Based at the ‘Hub’ at White River, the team will make visits to several local Hands at Work communities. During these visits the team will learn about the Hands at Work model of Community-based care. They will also work alongside Care Workers, visiting children in their homes and to serving them at the community Care Points. Hearing stories, learning names, engaging, encouraging and praying with both Care Workers and families, will be a transformational experience.

After spending time in White River the team will travel south to Swaziland, visiting some of the charity’s newest and most remote Community-Based Organisations. The visit will end back in White River with time for final reflection before returning to Johannesburg for our flight home on 15th June.

How you can be involved


Please hold Debbie, Ros and the whole team in your prayers:
for uneventful preparations
for safe travel
that they might be a blessing to those they meet during the trip
that they might be transformed through their experiences

Please also hold Hands at Work in Africa in your prayers: for God’s blessing on their work, on the volunteers, children and families


Over the coming months a number of fundraising activities are planned to help with costs of the trip. We have already had a coffee morning and a three-legged race and are so grateful for your support.


Once we are on the trip keep up to date with our progress via the project blog.

The Hands at Work family outside the ‘Hub’, White River

Hands at Work Africa

Hands at Work in Africa works in over sixty communities across eight sub-Saharan countries with international partners in Australia, USA, Canada and UK. Their goal is to care for 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children through their unique model of community care. Hand at Work strive to reach the most vulnerable children - those that would not have been reached otherwise. To do so they aim to mobilise and empower the local church, identifying and equipping volunteer Care Workers to support the these children and families in their community providing ‘Three Essential Services’: access to food, education and basic healthcare to the children it supports.

For more about Hand at Work in Africa see

A child at one of the Hands at Work Care Centres

A Place of Welcome every Saturday

posted 28 Jan 2017, 12:33 by John Goldring   [ updated 28 Jan 2017, 12:46 ]

Place of Welcome

Holy Trinity has joined 'Places of Welcome' - a network of small community organisations who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours each week, every week of the year. It's a place where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute. After prayer and discussion our Parochial Church Council decided we should apply to join the network, and we have now been officially accepted.

The Place of Welcome offers a friendly and accessible place where everyone can receive a welcome, the chance to chat if they wish and free refreshments.

Our new Place of Welcome builds on Open Church which has been running for many years. It will open at the same place and time as Open Church - in the church on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The main difference is that it will open every Saturday through
the year. This, and the new name, send out a positive message of welcome into our community.

Make a note of the launch date: Saturday 4th March, look out for the publicity and let your friends know. The Place of Welcome is open to all.

There are 15 other Places of Welcome around Wolverhampton meeting on different days and times. See the Places of Welcome website for full details and more about the network.

Outings Group: Trips and Events February to June 2017

posted 20 Jan 2017, 11:41 by John Goldring   [ updated 20 Jan 2017, 11:44 ]

Coach trip

The Holy Trinity Community Outings Group provides a wide range of sociable and interesting coach trips and events throughout the year.

The following events are planned for the first half of 2017: all are on Saturdays. You are recommended to book and pay in good time to avoid disappointment.

Sorry - no refunds can be made as coaches are paid for in advance.

Please contact the church office on 01902 722840 (weekday mornings) for enquiries and bookings.

11 February 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Church Hall)
Valentine’s Day Cream Tea - £5

4 March 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (Church Hall)
40’s Night staring Maggi O’Hara - £5

22 April 8:45am start
Tewkesbury coach trip - £12

20 May 8:45am start
May Blossom Trail coach trip - £12

17 June 8:45am start
Southport coach trip - £12

Take the Holy Trinity Service Survey...

posted 20 Jan 2017, 11:16 by John Goldring   [ updated 20 Jan 2017, 11:21 ]

Question marks

Do you find it difficult attending services regularly on a Sunday morning? Do work, family or other commitments get in the way? If so, please take a few moments to fill in the new Holy Trinity Service Survey.

Access the survey here

Alternatively, paper copies are available at the back of church.

The results of this survey will really help us as we consider future service development here at Holy Trinity.

Thank you.

A Welcome for All at the Friendship Group: January - June 2017 Programme

posted 4 Jan 2017, 12:21 by John Goldring   [ updated 4 Jan 2017, 12:21 ]

Friendship Group

Everyone is welcome at the Holy Trinity Community Friendship Group.

We provide an opportunity for people to meet socially and make friends, plus a range of activities to help make the group an interesting, friendly and enjoyable place to come.

Meetings are held on Mondays once a month in the Church Hall, 10.45am – 1pm.

Coffee & Socialising from 10.45am
Activities start from 11am

Any enquiries please phone the church office on 01902 722840 (weekday mornings).

January - June 2017 Programme

9 January
Biography of a Famous Person.
Quiz of our Local Area.

6 February
Late, late Breakfast!
(Review and discussion of Morning Papers)

6 March
Bowls and Skittles

3 April
Easter Service.
Make an 'Easter Garden' for the church.

8 May

'Cabaret Show'.
(With songs from popular musicals & shows)

5 June

'My Favourite Day Out'!
(Discussion, poems and songs)

Light in the Darkness: Christmas services and message

posted 16 Dec 2016, 11:36 by John Goldring   [ updated 16 Dec 2016, 11:36 ]

Holy Trinity Christmas Card

A Christmas message from our vicar, Revd. Richard Merrick

2016 has been a momentous year! News of wars, terrorism, political and economic change dominate the news headlines leaving us with feelings of uncertainty, wariness, and fear for our future as individuals, as a community and as a nation.

How should we respond to all this? We can lament and wring our hands in despair - or we can trust in God's love for us. We can be good neighbours and welcome the stranger. We can turn to those with whom we disagree and recognise them as friends. The season of Christmas is one of hope in which we celebrate the rescue plan God has put into operation in the birth of Jesus. This is not a forlorn, 'pie in the sky' hope: God so loved the world and the people he created that he sent Jesus to rescue us from all fear and certainty. In the birth of Jesus we have received the 'Light of the World': the Bible tells us that this Light shines even in the darkest of times and the darkness cannot overcome it.

When we place our trust in Jesus Christ we receive a light that enables us to see through the darkness in our world and the darkness that can blight our own lives. The Light of Christ is trustworthy and reliable and I hope and pray that you will allow it to shine in your homes this Christmas and throughout the coming years.

I pray that you will enjoy a Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2017.

The is a shortened version of the message in the Christmas card delivered to homes in the parish and pictured here.
Christmas Services

You are invited to join us at any of these services in the church

Sunday 18 December, 4pm
Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 21 December, 7.30pm
A Quiet Christmas
Especially for those who find this time of year difficult.

Christmas Eve, 4pm
Especially for families with children.

Christmas Eve, 11.15pm
Midnight Communion

Christmas Day, 10.30am
All Age Family Communion

From Pampering to Poetry: the Friendship Group

posted 13 Nov 2016, 10:37 by John Goldring

Where can you find painting, “pampering”, prose and poetry reading? Where can you join in with speaking, singing, quizzing, eating, bowling, jewellery-making, clay-modelling, variety shows and all sorts of arts, crafts and entertainments? The answer, of course, is the Community Friendship Group at Holy Trinity.

The Friendship Group meets on the first Monday morning of every month. It has been one of the most successful and celebrated groups in the church for many years. One regular writes: 'It has made me, from scratch, into a practising water-colour artist, black-country stand-up comedian and, quite recently, Christmas card maker!'

The group has a well-deserved reputation for the warmth of its welcome and for its light-hearted socialisation. Newspapers and games are on hand for anyone who might not fancy a particular activity (there are usually two on offer) or want to drop out early.

There are often card and book stalls and there are always light refreshments. Birthdays are celebrated in song and cards given. Major Christian Festivals are celebrated with services.

The entrance fee of £1.50 funds everything, even a small Christmas gift for everyone and a further 25p provides you with as much tea or coffee as you can drink for the morning.

New members, whether from Holy Trinity or the wider community, are always welcome to give the group a try. Just come along to the next meeting on Monday 5 December at 10.45am in the church hall.

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