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:
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 Tea on 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.