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Choral Evensong in January

As we welcome back students from their Christmas break, our Choral Evensong series will be restarting again this Sunday. The musical programme for January is given below and a fuller list for the term will soon be published. We look forward to seeing you one evening at 6pm soon. Anybody interested in joining the Caelestis Consort at St Lawrence should contact the choral director on

Advent Sunday Gift Day

Advent will soon be upon us, and to mark the first Sunday of Advent we are holding a 'Gift Day', inviting people to respond to God's gifts to us with a special one-off gift to the church to support its increasing work. The day will finish with drinks and cake served to thank, in particular, the contribution of our student singers over the past term. We look forward to seeing you.

Concerts at St Lawrence

We have two exciting concerts coming up soon at St Lawrence. On Saturday 9 December at 4pm York Musical Society will be singing a Christmas programme, supported by organ and brass quintet. More details to follow, but save the date!

Coming up sooner though, on 11 November at 7pm the University of York Brass Band will be visiting again - this time joined by the Tewit Youth Band. Not to be missed! Adults £7, concessions £5.

The Season of Remembrance

There will be a Requiem Mass for All Souls' Day at 7:30pm on Thursday 2 November. There will be a Sung Eucharist in traditional language at 10am on Sunday 5 December for All Saints' Day. There will be a minute's silence and act of remembrance at our Remembrance Sunday Sung Eucharist at 10am on 12 November. And we look forward to welcoming the York Normandy Veterans for Choral Evensong at 6pm later that day, when the names of the war dead of the parish will be read. Please do join us in this season of reflection and remembrance.


We will be celebrating Harvest at St Lawrence on Sunday 1st October at our 9am and 10am Eucharists and at Evensong at 6pm, and in particular on Thursday 5th October with our traditional Harvest Evensong and Supper. Evensong is at 7pm, and all are welcome. Supper follows immediately after, and tickets are on sale for £5 each. They can be bought in person from our sacristan Mrs Ann Dickson or from the redoubtable Mrs Rene Braithwaite, or you can request a ticket by emailing and pay a churchwarden. We look forward to celebrating, with you, all those good gifts around us which are sent from heaven above.
Harvest Supper in 2014 - to remind you of how much nicer the Hall is now after its revamp!

Licensing of our new parish priest

The Reverend James McDonald was licensed on the Eve of the Feast of St Matthew at Solemn Choral Evensong by the Lord Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. The church was filled with friends and well-wishers from across York and much further afield and it was a very happy occasion. Fr James will lead worship at St Lawrence for the first time on Sunday 24th September. Please pray for him as he begins his work in York.
The Archbishop censing the High Altar as the choir sings the Magnificat
The Licensing
The Archbishop, our priest-in-charge, and our new parish priest with his wife (Rachel)

Choral Evensong in Term Time

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.

Friends’ Talks Announced

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: