The Church of England has a long tradition of being involved in education and the Diocese of Birmingham continues to invest £400,000 each year in supporting church schools.
There is a strong relationship between St Laurence Church and St Laurence Infant and Junior Schools which goes back over 300 years.
The clergy of St Laurence regularly lead Collective Worship in school. In this we are pleased to work ecumenically with the Revd Donald Sampson from the Methodist Church and Jon Fielder from Redeemer Church. We support the RE curriculum with visits and meetings with the RE co-ordinator. At least once a term each pupil comes over to church for a service.
The church PCC appoints some of the governors, we pray for the schools regularly and we support the parents’ school prayer group. The clergy are also available to support staff and families with pastoral issues.
St Laurence Church Mothers’ Union has recently presented the school with a ‘Pastoral Book Box’ containing books about family life, moving house, illness, bereavement, disabilities and anxiety.
St Laurence church is one of four Grade 1 listed medieval churches remaining in Birmingham; the others being: Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield; St Edburgha, Yardley; St Nicolas, Kings Norton. A church has probably stood on the current hill-top site for over a thousand years – the Domesday Book refers to a priest living in ‘Northfeld.’ The church reflects building styles down the centuries and includes a Norman door (the oldest piece of architecture in Birmingham,) a very fine and largely unaltered medieval chancel and beautiful Victorian stained glass windows. The church is surrounded by a large churchyard which is still open for burials of people in the parish.
The area around the church is a Conservation Area and includes the Nailmakers’ Cottages, the old Pound, the old School and the Great Stone Inn.
The church is a Parish Church and if you live in the parish, you have the right to be baptized, married or have your funeral in church.
The church is normally open to visitors for prayer, candle lighting or just a peaceful walk around on Saturday mornings.
Details of Services and Sunday School and other activities are on the church website: www.stlaurencenorthfield.org
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