About Us South Aston United Reformed Church opened its doors for the first time in October 1973. Under its roof gathered the congregations of Park Road, Aston and Wheeler Street, Lozells, joining together for the first time as one membership. Prior to this they had used their own separate places of worship but sharing the same minister. The first joint pastor, the Reverend Harold Stentiford, began ministering to the two congregations in 1960. He was ably supported by his wife Joyce. You can read about the histories of Park Road and Wheeler Street elsewhere on this website.
The main reason for building the Church in Upper Sutton Street Aston was the fact that the Park Road buildings had become subject to a compulsory purchase order as part of the scheme to construct the ‘Aston Expressway’. The money from this sale, the sale of the Wheeler Street buildings to a Sikh community and some heroic fund raising provided funds for work to be commenced in 1972. Birmingham City Council was most supportive and provided the site in Upper Sutton Street as part of the regeneration of South Aston.
When South Aston URC was being planned, one of the key objectives established was to ensure that the buildings would not only be suitable for worship but also to be able to serve the community in as many practical ways as possible. We are proud to be able to point at many ways that our facilities have been and are continuing to be used for the wider community. This is well demonstrated in our work with the elderly and the Wednesday Lunch Club. Both the small hall and the large hall have been used for celebrations, whether they are wedding receptions, baptismal celebrations, or funeral wakes.
We are also pleased to share the premises with a number of other Christian groups serving immigrant communities.
For a list of all our activity groups visit this page - (click)