Schools can arrange to visit St John Baptist, and St Elvan Church as part of the schools curriculum.
Volunteers can give tours and talks
about the history of the Church and Aberdare.
Pupils may exam artefacts/vessels, banners
Liturgical vestments and work from the First World War Memorial.
Worksheets are given so that groups can explore the stained glass symbols and Chapels.
KS 2/KS3 History.
Parish Magazines from 1860's are held in the church. These contain a rich source of first hand information and an insight into the social and religious concerns of the Community in Aberdare.
New research about the men of Aberdare who went to war in 1914 is also available. The 222 soldiers were active in all the theatres of war throughout the globe and their fates can be traced from their homes occupations and family life in Aberdare.
Religious Study KS2/KS3/KS4.
The architecture and artefacts of the Church encourages the study of Faith and forms of worship.
Particular study of the Oxford Movement theologians and the effect of their writings on the architecture, vestments etc are valed starting points for Ecumenical debate.
Arts KS2/KS3/KS4 & 5
The Church offers space to do both small and large scale work and we have exhibitions throughout the year from local schools. The large open space of the south aisle offers plenty of opportunity for large scale drawing and 3d work. Architectural perspective, carved ornaments in the main nave of the church and artifacts affer observational challenges for KS4 AND 5.
The ornate decoration in the Lady Chapel takes its inspiration from the Victorian Arts and crafts movement. The ideas of Ruskin and William Morris can be seen in the repetitive design stencilled onto the ceiling panels in both the Lady Chapel and St Micheal's Chapel. The font is in the style of Art Nouveau. The base of the font is a delicately carved stone tree over a background of green marble.