Welcome.

Covid-19 Update - 18th March 2020:

Public worship at St Lawrence has been suspended for the foreseeable future, both on Sundays and throughout the week, following advice from Government and the Church of England.

The PCC and Churchwardens, along with members of the parish community, are working to keep the parish community together in prayer and in touch with each other.

Please subscribe to our e-newsletter, which will provide updates, share messages from members of the community, and allow you to either request support or offer assistance. Feel free to share that link with others you think may be interested.

The Church will be open for private prayer at set times in the week. Those times will be published here, on this homepage, later. Social distancing policies and good hygiene will still need to be observed.

Sunday services - SUSPENDED, see above

9am Holy Communion

10.15am Sung Parish Eucharist
Followed by refreshments in the church hall

6pm Choral or Sung Evensong
Preceded by Tea Before Evensong in the Church Hall from 5pm during University term time

Find out more about services at St Lawrence here.


St Lawrence Parish Church is home to a growing congregation of all ages and many backgrounds, worshipping on a site used for Christian worship for around 900 years. The parish lies to the east of York, between the medieval City walls and the University of York's campus. Some churchgoers have lived in or around the parish all their lives - at the same time, the church welcomes large numbers of students, many of whom live very nearby.  The building is York’s largest parish church and its spire can be seen for many miles around, a statement of Victorian evangelistic ambition built within the churchyard of the medieval church whose picturesque tower still stands today. The new church and the worshipping traditions of St Lawrence have been shaped predominantly by the legacy of what is known as the Oxford Movement, and the legacy of that movement continues to be embraced by people of all ages at the church today.


Whether you are an interested student, a resident parishioner, or from another part of York and looking for a good church home - or wondering if you should be - please do come along to a service one Sunday soon. If you are just visiting York, come and say hello - you will be made very welcome.

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