The population of Aston and Nechells contains many children, and we therefore take whatever opportunities we can to work alongside the local schools as partners in the community.
The annual community carol services see most of the local primary and secondary schools taking part in some way, and it is always a joy to see the range of young talents that exists in Aston and Nechells.
Many of the local schools arrange visits to our churches as part of their RE curriculum, and we are always very happy to facilitate these visits. The clergy are also regularly called upon to provide input to RE lessons in schools.
Our closest school relationships, quite properly, are with our two church schools, St Clement’s and St Matthew’s. The clergy regularly take assemblies in these schools and frequently visit the schools to pray with the Headteachers and support them in their valuable work.
The Aston Churches Together Schools Team develop Christmas and Easter assemblies each year for our local schools in Nechells and Aston. The assemblies are always well received in the schools, and combine drama, humour and a clear explanation of the significance of the particular festival for Christians.
Last Christmas the team visited Manor Park School, Aston Tower School, Mansfield Green School, Deykin Avenue School and Yew Tree Community Junior and Infant School in Aston. The team also went to our church schools in Nechells, St Matthew’s and St Clements’ and also to Adderley Primary School in Saltley. In total, the team shared the significance of Christmas with nearly 3,000 children. Many of the pupils in these schools come from families of other faiths, and it is an excellent opportunity for them to appreciate the relevance and importance of the Christian faith to many people in Birmingham.