Whilst we are busy preparing for the Licensing of our new parish priest on Wednesday 20th at Solemn Choral Evensong at 7:30pm, we are also looking forward to the recommencement of University term time when Evensong at St Lawrence will be enhanced by our student-based and led choir, the Caelestis Consort. If you're a student who likes to sing, why not come along to an audition on 28th or 29th? Contact details and St Lawrence's musical programme for Evensong this term can be read here.
The Friends of St Lawrence's next two speakers have been announced. On Friday 15th September Buff Reid (Blue Plaques Organiser, York Civic Trust) will speak on "York's History in a Hundred Plaques". Then on Friday 20th October Christine Tuck (retired Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology) will speak on "A Life in Medicine". Both talks will be at 7:30pm, in the Church Hall as usual, and will be followed by tea and cake. All welcome.
The blue plaque talk is particularly topical as we are pleased to see our friends at York Civic Trust have unveiled a plaque to Samuel Tuke on his happily restored house opposite the church this week:
We are delighted to be able to offer a bursary to a student organist to play for most services and lead the church choir, starting this September or October for one year. UPDATE 18 OCTOBER 2017 - We are very pleased to be able to say that the bursary has now been awarded to Mr Clark Brydon, who will take on the offices of Organist and Choirmaster.
The new full time associate priest for St Lawrence has been announced as Father James A McDonald.
Fr McDonald is currently Assistant Curate at the parish of St Peter with St James, Brackley in the diocese of Peterborough.
Father McDonald and his wife, Rachel, will be moving to York later in the summer, and Father McDonald will be licensed to the parish by His Grace The Lord Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, on Wednesday 20th September at 7.30 in the parish church. We look forward to welcoming them to St Lawrence.
There are lots of things happening at St Lawrence in the coming weeks:
Saturday 20th May sees the church's dedication festival marked by the Friends of St Lawrence's annual meeting, tea, and service of Evensong (at 4pm, tea to follow).
On Thursday 25th May there will be a special service for Ascension Day at 1pm.
Finally, starting on Sunday 28th May and running for four weeks a new student-based choir will be singing Choral Evensong in the church. We hope that this will begin a pattern of musically ambitious term-time choral Evensong services every academic term. Read the music list and find out more here. On Sunday 28th the music will be:
"Christ is risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept" - Happy Easter! It has been a busy time at St Lawrence and we were delighted to see more than 80 at our Maundy Thursday Sung Eucharist and more than 200 at the Bach Passion sung the USKO on their visit from Utrecht. We hope all who attended our Holy Week and Easter Day services saw and felt something of the joy and momentousness of Christ's resurrection and triumph over death.
We hope you are enjoying a peaceful Easter Monday and look forward to welcoming you at St Lawrence in the cheerful season of Eastertide. Beyond our regular Sunday services, in the next few weeks do look out for a Sung Prayer Book Eucharist and tea for the PBS Diocesan annual festival on Saturday 6th May at noon, the Friends of St Lawrence's dedication festival Evensong and Teaon Saturday 20th May at 4pm, and to a Service for Ascension Day on Thursday 25th May at 1pm.
You can read about all our Holy Week and Easter services here, with services for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Eve as well as Easter Sunday marking this crucial time in the ancient calendar of the church. Please join us when you can - you will be very welcome.
We are especially looking forward to welcoming the Utrecht Student Choir and Orchestra for not only a Sung Eucharist but Bach's St John Passion. We hope you will be able to come for what will be a unique experience.
A reminder that the Vestry Meeting to elect churchwardens of the parish and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting to review the PCC's affairs and elect PCC members will be from 7:30pm on Wednesday 29th March at the Church Community Hall. All parishioners whether already engaged with church or not and all churchgoers whether locally resident or not are encouraged to come (do make sure that you are on the electoral roll if you would like to vote for PCC members - look out for the roll posted up at the church).
On Saturday 11th March, the Archbishop of York dedicated the restoration work on the Rigg Memorial. More than 120 people gathered to remember the 7 children, 6 of one family, who died tragically on the River Ouse in 1830, and to celebrate the partnership between St Lawrence and York's Civic Trust which has brought the story out of the shadows of decay into the light, enriching our city with the skill of conservators and craftsmen to the benefit of generations to come. It was also an opportunity for the church to say thank you to its supporters, and for many to see St Lawrence for the first time after our major building work last year. We hope all those who came were able to take something positive from what was a very memorable occasion. We will be posting more photos, more information about the monument and its history, and hopefully the full clip of ITV's television coverage of the service, so remember to check back here again.
An active Church of England church in York, between the busy University of York campus and the ancient city walls – serving the Parish of St Lawrence -with-St Nicholas with Christian prayer, worship, fellowship, hospitality, and charity.