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, 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
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).
This year, our annual parish celebrations see a Sung Eucharist (Prayer Book, with incense) on Wednesday 10th August, and a family barbecue for all on Sunday 14th August. Read more here - we look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us on Wednesday 10th August as we celebrate our Feast of Title - St Lawrence's Day - with a Sung Mass (BCP) at 7:30p.m. The parish celebrations will continue on Sunday 14th August with a family barbecue in the churchyard following our festal Sung Eucharist (CW) at 10am. Read more about our patron saint here, and look out for further details shortly... We are having a busy Summer at St Lawrence, with our joint project with York Civic Trust to conserve the Rigg Memorial in the churchyard now well underway, preparations for our heating installation going well, and a very good turnout for our celebration of Her Majesty's 90th birthday. We are especially excited that we are now advertising for a priest to work with our priest-in-charge with a special commitment to our parish - O quam suavis!
Join us on Saturday 11th June when there will be a short Service of Thanksgiving at 11:30am in the church followed by a community picnic lunch from noon - hopefully outdoors, in the refurbished Hall if not. More details here - we look forward to seeing you there. All very welcome, bring family and friends!
A happy Eastertide to all parishioners and visitors to this website! St Lawrence has been very busy recently, with Stainer's Crucifixion sung for Passiontide, a Palm Sunday procession and a passion reading, 70 gathered from across the York City Centre churches in the Hall for a Passover Supper, a fair turnout on a bright Good Friday, the Exsultet sung at a glorious Easter Eve Vigil (despite the stormy weather), a good number of parishioners celebrating Easter Day with us (including children hunting Easter eggs in the churchyard), and Easter Monday's coffee morning. Most services are now being held in the church. Other than our usual services, there will Sung Eucharists on Thursday 5th May (Ascension Day) and Wednesday 10th August (St Lawrence's Day) as well as Choral Evensong followed by the Friends' annual tea on the afternoon of Saturday 21st May. There will also be a rather special event for all to come and celebrate at on Saturday 11th June...save the date! We look forward to welcoming you soon.