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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:

The Marion Riley Student Organist Bursary

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.

New Associate Priest Announced

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.
Fr James McDonald
Associate Priest - designate.
St Lawrence Parish Church - York

News for May

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:

Responses: Radcliffe
Canticles: Wood in Eb
Anthem: Wash Me Throughly (Wesley)
Naylor's final responses


Happy Easter!

"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 Tea on Saturday 20th May at 4pm, and to a Service for Ascension Day on Thursday 25th May at 1pm.