We had a very happy and successful series of Harvest celebrations - it was lovely to welcome children and teachers from St Lawrence's school together with the Archbishop of York on Sunday, whilst the choir were particularly melodious at Evensong before a cheerful Harvest supper on Wednesday. Thank you to all those who contributed in whatever way and whichever form.
We will be delighted to welcome His Grace the Lord Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to lead our Harvest Sunday service at 10am on Sunday 4th October. Come along for the chance to hear him. Our traditional Harvest Choral Evensong and Supper will be on Wednesday 7th October. This is always a particularly jolly and well-attended occasion, and we look forward to seeing lots of you there. The choir shall sing Stainer's anthem 'Ye Shall Dwell In The Land'. Supper tickets £5, concessions £3 - don't miss out!
Rev'd Nattrass and others enjoying tea and cake in the churchyard on St Lawrence's Day An enjoyable St Lawrence's Day passed successfully on Sunday 9th (properly the Eve of the Feast), with a special Sung Eucharist in the morning, festivities including tea and cake in church and hall and a historical display including old church registers brought out from the Borthwick Institute, and a well-attended service of Choral Evensong. A page from one of the registers on display - note the son of a Clerk of Works at Castle Howard following in the footsteps of its architect, Sir John Vanbrugh, in getting married at St Lawrence! Many thanks to all who came by, and to those whose assistance helped make it such a successful day!
We will be celebrating St Lawrence's Day on Sunday 9th August (properly the Eve of the Feast of St Lawrence). Please try to come to the Sung Parish Eucharist at 10am, which will be followed by coffee and cake. There will be strawberry teas and games in the churchyard (or indoors if it is raining!) in the afternoon, particularly from 2pm-4pm. The church will be open all day - if you have walked past St Lawrence before but never been inside, this will be a good day to call by! The day will finish with Choral Evensong, at 6pm. Save the date, and look out for posters and more details to come...
On Saturday 23rd, the annual Festival of the Friends of St Lawrence took place - as usual, marking the anniversary of the 1883 dedication of the new church building. What better way to spend a sunny York afternoon than with Evensong and a pleasant tea? Thanks to all who came and made it such a happy occasion again. Here is a photo of some of the choir after Evensong - though some had already hurried off to grab a place for tea! Next Friends of St Lawrence talk: Friday 18th September, 7p.m. - Canon Marsh's son will be talking about growing up in St Lawrence's vicarage on Lawrence Street in the 1940s and 50s - not to be missed! In the Hall, tea and cake served.
Last Thursday (30th April), 250 people crowded into St Lawrence for the Licensing and Installation of our new priest-in-charge, the Rev. Jane Nattrass. It was lovely to welcome so many people - especially the group of schoolchildren from St Lawrence's Primary School, who sang a song of welcome, and all the children from St Lawrence's and Fishergate Schools who shook tambourines and rattles with the Archbishop of York through Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory!
The Archbishop and many others enjoying fellowship and hospitality in the Church Community Hall after the serviceMany of those at the service walked down the drive to the cheerful sound of the church bells for a welcoming celebration in the Hall, with refreshments provided by the hard work of parishioners. We were delighted that some elderly members of our community who have struggled to make it to church recently were able to come. We were also glad to welcome many students, and a large number of ecumenical guests. We hope all who came enjoyed the evening, and we are looking forward positively to the coming years with Jane.
The evening ending with fireworks in the churchyard
A belated Happy Easter from St Lawrence - alleluia! We had a very busy Easter week, with a very memorable and solemn service on the evening of Maundy Thursday, a well-attended observance of Good Friday, and many attending services across a joyful and busy Easter Day. We are now busy preparing for the visit of His Grace the Archbishop of York for the Licensing & Installation of our new Priest-in-Charge (which you can read about in the York Press here). The choir, the organist, and local schoolchildren are busy practicing music, we are doing our best to ensure parishioners and the wider church community know about the new appointment and are invited, and arrangements are being made for the celebratory buffet. It is a good time to be at St Lawrence.
On Palm Sunday, the churchwardens announced that the Reverend Elizabeth Jane Nattrass MA is to be appointed, as "Priest-in-Charge", to the Benefice of St Lawrence with St Nicholas and New Fulford. The Reverend Nattrass is already well-known in York, having charge of our neighours in the parishes of St Denys and All Saints, Pavement, as well as of the churches of St Helen with St Martin, St Olave, and the Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Micklegate. The Reverend Nattrass will be licensed by His Grace the Lord Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, and installed by the Archdeacon of York, the Venerable Sarah Bullock, being presented by our Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of York Minster. This will happen AT ST LAWRENCE at 7:30PM on THURSDAY 30TH APRIL. It will be followed by a buffet and other refreshments for all in the Church Community Hall. All are warmly invited to attend - we particularly hope that as many parishioners as possible are able to make it (you can see the Facebook event here - do click attending!) We are looking forward to a bright future together with our new priest and our new partners inside the city walls.
Remember that you can read about all these events here.