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Ongoing Leadership of the Parish

The PCC has appointed a Parish Interim Leadership Team to help lead the parish until a new vicar is appointed. The people on this team are:

Rev’d Fiona Gregson (Associate Priest)
Rev’d Giyanow Kayla (Curate)
Nigel Cripps (Projects Officer)
Stephanie Evans (PCC Treasurer)
David Fletcher (PCC Secretary)
Joe Lewis (representing all the Church Wardens)
Geoff Miller (PCC Lay Chair)
Sharon Palmer (St James Committee member)
Rev’d Becky Jones will join the team when she returns from maternity leave.

Between them and together, this team will be picking up some of the vicar’s main responsibilities including leadership of the parish, supervision of staff etc.

For the following responsibilities the first points of contact will be:
Parish safeguarding lead: Sharon PalmerEmail Sharon
Co-ordination of Funerals, Baptisms and Thanksgivings for children: David FletcherEmail David
Marriages: Enquiries to Aston Parish Church office
Out of hours contact point: Joe Lewis
Changes to service rota: Stephanie Evans (until June) – Email Stephanie
Preaching series: Fiona GregsonEmail Fiona
Other St James matters: St James Office, St James Church Wardens or Sharon Palmer
Other St Matthew’s matters: St Matthew’s Office, St Matthew’s Wardens or Geoff Miller
Other APC matters: APC Office, APC wardens or Nigel Cripps

posted 11 January 16

Our Vicar to be the next Archdeacon of Bradford

After 13 very happy years in the Parish of Aston & Nechells, and many more in Birmingham, Andy & Ricky Jolley will be moving on early in the New Year.

Andy has accepted an invitation from the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, to be the next Archdeacon of Bradford in the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. Andy will have a wide range of responsibilities overseeing and supporting the churches of the Bradford Episcopal Area and working with the Area Bishop of Bradford, the Rt. Revd Toby Howarth (who is also a former vicar from Birmingham).

The Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt. Revd David Urquhart, said, “I am delighted at the news of Andy’s appointment. West Yorkshire and the Dales is very fortunate to be getting a priest of such calibre and depth to serve on their senior team. Andy’s heart for mission, strategic thinking and spirit-filled energy will be much missed here in Birmingham. We send Andy and his family our best wishes and prayers as they prepare for this exciting move.”

Andy expects to start his new role later in January and Ricky will be looking for a new GP practice in the Bradford area. Matt will be heading off to America as part of his gap year plans. A leaving event for them will be planned early in the New Year.

Andy & Ricky say: “It has been a huge privilege to be part of the parish of Aston and Nechells for the past 13 years, and it will be a wrench to leave Birmingham where we’ve made some great friends and have enjoyed working with and among some wonderful people. Please pray for us as we prepare to move and settle in a new part of the country we don’t yet know that well.”

posted 11 October 15

Rugby World Cup comes to Aston: A Warm Welcome at Aston Parish Church

We’re delighted to welcome visitors who are coming to the Rugby World Cup matches at Villa Park this weekend. Historic Aston Parish Church will be open for visitors before both the match on Saturday afternoon and the one on Sunday lunchtime. Refreshments and face painting will also be available.

For those coming to the Australia versus Uruguay match on Sunday who want to come to worship beforehand, we’ve moved our regular Sunday morning communion service from 10.45 am to the earlier time of 10 am. You would be most welcome to join us.

posted 23 September 15

Gospel Choir of the Year winner 2015

We are very proud to announce that Birmingham Community Gospel Choir have been crowned the winner of the BBC’s ‘Gospel Choir of the Year’ competition. The Choir, which rehearses at Aston Parish Church on Wednesday evenings, saw off five other choirs in the competition that reached its climax on Sunday night. Congratulations to them from the Parish of Aston and Nechells.

posted 22 June 15

Welcome to the Parish of Aston and Nechells website

We hope you will find it easy to navigate around the website, but below are some useful links, which you can click on to gain quick access:

For updates of interest to the parish click the following link: News

To read about some of the people in the Parish click the following:

For questions about Life events click any of the following:

For info about activities at our three churches: Aston Parish Church, St James and St Matthew’s

To view prices of hiring the facilities at the three churches, click the following link Booking facilities

To look at some of the work we do within the parish click one of the following links:

To download Trilogy articles click here: Downloading area.

posted 25 July 13

What I most appreciate about Aston is:

- “The love and care we have for each other between the three churches, the teaching and encouragement that we receive, that together we take part in joint services, shared meals and community events and that God is central to all that we do. Three different churches with one common set of values.” (Joan Perry, Reader)

- “Christians in this parish are great at encouraging each other, and at reaching out in creative ways to those outside our church boundaries.” (David Fletcher, Reader)

- “Synergy, three churches supporting each other and as a whole greater than the sum of the parts.” (Geoff Miller, PCC Lay Chair)

- “A group of people who live out God’s love and care for all, looking after each other and those in need outside of the church.” (Paul Lacey, Youth Leader and Parish Mission Worker)

posted 19 February 13