Aston University Chaplaincy
Aston University is situated close to Birmingham City Centre and has over 14,000 students from more than 120 different countries as well as many local students. In the centre of the campus of this diverse community is the Martin Luther King Multi-faith Chaplaincy (MLK), where chaplains from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Buddhist and Pagan faiths work together to minister to students and staff.
The current Free Church Chaplains are Jan Scott (URC) and Pat Saunders (Pentecostal). Between them, they provide regular opportunities for prayer and pastoral conversations, as well as special events. Welcome and hospitality are a priority at MLK. New students enjoy pizzas and soft drinks as they get to know each other. Many return each week to play board games or to knit and chat. Some come to Thursday Prayers and others for gatherings of their faith society.
The University works hard to help students obtain jobs when they graduate and the Chaplains have hosted devised a series of workshops on ‘Employability and Faith’. Regular Wellbeing Workshops related to the Christian faith are also part of the programme for students and staff.
Special events happen throughout the year, including Pancakes, Christmas Carols and Lent Groups. Other faiths offer Langer, Wassailing or Bagel Lunches. All students are supported through exam time with lunch and opportunity to chat or relax quietly. At the end of the academic year, Chaplains attend graduation ceremonies to celebrate the students’ success.
Jan and Pat appreciate the support of the West Midlands Synod and welcome your prayers for our work here at Aston. If you would like to hear more about Chaplaincy at Aston University, please contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org .