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Ascension Day & Whitsunday

There are two major events coming up at St Lawrence:

On Wednesday 9th May, the Colorado State University Pueblo Concert Choir will be joining us to sing for a Vigil Eucharist for the Eve of the Feast of Ascension (6:30pm) followed by a concert at 8pm.

On Sunday 20th May, Choral Evensong for Whitsunday, featuring Andrew Carter's unpublished Californian canticles, followed by a reception generously funded by Rupert Sheldrake.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

Lent and Easter

Lent, the season of penitence and reflection when we are all encouraged to prepare for Easter, begins on 14th February (marked at St Lawrence with a Sung Eucharist for Ash Wednesday). During Lent, why not join in with the daily Morning Prayer & Eucharist (at 8:15am in the Lady Chapel, weekdays except Thursdays), the Tuesday noon Eucharist and Bible Study (in church, bible study focussing on the Lord's Prayer), the three-week Tuesday evening 'Exploring Christianity' course (details on the poster below, in the Church Hall), or the Thursday evening ecumenical bible study based at the Carmelite Convent at 110 Lawrence Street (15th February to 22nd March, 7pm). All are welcome to attend any of these services or times of study, discussion, and reflection.

During Lent, we cover all crosses and images in the church and music will reflect the season at both Sung Eucharists and at Choral Evensongs. On Passion Sunday (18th March) the student choir will be singing for a special final service of term - music and readings for Passiontide.

During Holy Week, there will be noon Prayer Book services of Holy Communion Monday 26th March, Tuesday 27th March, and Wednesday 28th March; there will be a Sung Eucharist (with the stripping of the altars) on Maundy Thursday evening at 7:30pm (29th March); and the Liturgy of Good Friday (with communion from the reserved sacrament) will be offered on Good Friday at 2pm. Finally, we look forward to celebrating the joy of the resurrection of Christ on Easter Day - Sunday 1st April.

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)