St Laurence Infant and Junior Schools were originally founded in 1838 by the Revd Dr W Worth, Rector of St Laurence. The old school can still be seen just off Church Hill and has been converted to residential use.
The Church of England has a long tradition of being involved in education and the Diocese of Birmingham continues to invest over £337,000 each year in supporting church schools.
The Mothers’ Union has recently presented the school with a ‘Pastoral Book Box’ containing books about family life, moving house, illness, bereavement, disabilities and anxiety. The clergy are also available to support staff and families with pastoral issues.
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. It has probably stood on the current hill-top site for over a thousand years – the Domesday Book refers to a priest living in Northfield. The church has changed over the centuries: the chancel and lower stages of the porch are 13th century, the nave and south aisle 14th century and the porch and upper stages of the tower are probably 15th century with the north aisle being Victorian, though the doorway is Norman. The beautiful windows are Victorian, predominantly made by Hardman & Co who made the windows for St Chad’s RC Cathedral. The church is surrounded by a large churchyard which is still open for burials of people in the parish. To check whether you live in the parish www.achurchnearyou.com
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.
You are most welcome to visit the church as well as attend worship. In addition to Sunday services, it is open most week days for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer and on Saturdays from 10-12noon with the kettle on (except January and February).
Sunday services 8.30am Holy Communion 10am Holy Communion (with music)
Wednesday 10am Holy Communion (said)
Monday-Friday normally 8am Morning Prayer 5pm Evening Prayer but check the website
Baptism & Wedding Enquiries
Please come to the Parish Surgery on 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month 6-7pm
in the Pastoral Centre
Website: www.stlaurencenorthfield.org Twitter: @stlaurenceb31
Canon Janet Chapman, Rector
Fr David Pycock, Curate