Holy Trinity Church

The church was built in 1837 but largely re-built in 1889 to hold 800 people. It was developed in the 1960’s when congregations from St Pauls’ and St Albans joined and it was reordered again in the 1990’s when St Stephens and St Michaels combined as well. The stained-glass windows inside are from St Stephen’s Church. The burial ground was closed in the 1940s but in the underground crypt there is a Columbarium where people people’s ashes are stored. In 2012 the church stared a foodbank thinking it would be needed for a couple of years, but the need is greater now serving over 60 families each week.
The congregation meets for worship on Sunday mornings and is made up of people from many different countries, especially from several countries in Africa. The church celebrates Black History month and includes songs from countries such as Sudan in their services. During the week the foodbank is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, there is morning and evening prayer on Zoom Monday to Friday and communion services and women’s groups on Wednesdays. The church is very active in interfaith work through projects like Faithful friends and Women First. As part of the celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak a tree was planted in the grounds in partnership with the Guru Nank Gurdwara.
The clergy Rev David Gould and Rev Nic Ross have strong links with local schools who regularly visit the church and invite David and Nick in to lead collective worship.

Jenny has lived in Smethwick for fifty years and has seen the community change. She has got involved in interfaith work setting up a women’s group through which she now has friends of different faiths and knows that once people meet and get to know one another they realise we share the same problems regardless of our faith or skin colour.


Jenny Cannings

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