"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 Choral Evensong and Teaon Saturday 20th May at 4pm, and to a Sung Prayer Book Eucharistfor Ascension Day on Thursday 25th May at 7:30pm.
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.
This Ash Wednesday (1st March) St Lawrence will be offering a Sung Eucharist (BCP) with distribution of ashes at 7:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there - all are welcome to join us as we begin Lent.
It was wonderful to be in church again for Candlemas Sunday, with the choir in especially fine voice at the special evening service. We are delighted that we are now advertising for a priest. We are also delighted that we can look forward to the Archbishop of York coming to dedicate the newly restored Rigg Memorial at 3pm on Saturday 11th March as that project comes to a fine completion (with sincere thanks to the Civic Trust). There's lots going on before then though - including a student choir singing Evensong before Sunday 19th's student supper, and a Sung Eucharist (BCP) with distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday (1st March). With lots happening (and lots of ways to help!), it's a great time to be at St Lawrence.
St Lawrence is celebrating its first January in a useable church building for more than two decades with an inspiring new service of music, readings, and prayers on Sunday 29th January at 6pm (in place of our usual service of Evensong) taking us from Epiphany to Candlemas. Come along to find out more - you will be welcome.
As work continues to prepare the church with building work in the church finally drawing to completion, we are delighted to be able to confirm that our service of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place in the church on Sunday 18th December at 6pm.
Other services at St Lawrence this Christmas:Crib Service - a service for children - Christmas Eve, 3pmMidnight Mass (sung Eucharist) - Christmas Eve, 11:30pmChristmas Day - service at 9am cancelled, Sung Eucharist at 10am, service at 6pm cancelled
New Year's Day (Sunday 1st January) - service at 9am cancelled, Sung Eucharist at 10am (welcoming all from the City Centre churches), Evensong at 6pmJanuary 29th (last Sunday of Epiphany) - Epiphany Carol Service at 6pm
Following the sung eucharist for the feast of All Souls two weeks earlier, St Lawrence's 'season of remembrance' ended with a moving series of services for Remembrance Sunday, with half-muffled bells, the laying of a wreath, a two minute silence, and the reading of the names of almost 200 men from the parish who were killed in the First or Second World Wars or the Falklands War. A substantial number of men from the parish died at the Somme, that dreadful battle the 100th anniversary of whose conclusion falls on Friday the 18th of this month. The Somme battlefield is depicted in stained glass in our church. The collect providentially assigned to the 9am Holy Communion service this Sunday this year could not be more apposite as we remember those God made who have been lost to this earth:
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Congratulations to Amber, who was confirmed by the Rt Rev'd David Smith, Bishop of Bradford Emeritus, during the morning Mass today (21st August 2016).
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