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.

Holy Week & Easter

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.

Vestry Meeting & APCM

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).

Rigg Memorial Dedication Service

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.

News Before 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.
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or the Purification of St Mary the Virgin
Candlemas 2017

Epiphany to Candlemas

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.

Christmas 2016 at St Lawrence

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, 3pm Midnight Mass (sung Eucharist) - Christmas Eve, 11:30pm Christmas 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 6pm January 29th (last Sunday of Epiphany) - Epiphany Carol Service at 6pm Christmas 2016

An active Church of England church in York, between the busy University of York campus and the ancient city walls – serving the Parish of St Lawrence -with-St Nicholas with Christian prayer, worship, fellowship, hospitality, and charity.