The Friends of St Lawrence

Next Friends of St Lawrence event:

Mentoring Children: the work of 'The Island'

Professor Bob Garvey FRSA will talk about 'The Island' - a charity which provides a mentoring service to vulnerable young people aged 8-13, and to disabled young people aged 14 to 19 in York. Friday 16 March, 7:30pm, St Lawrence Church Hall.

The Friends of St Lawrence was founded in 1958 as an independent social society, "open to all persons interested in the welfare of St Lawrence", and "united by a common desire to aid in its maintenance, development, and well-being".

The Friends' main current activity is running a programme of Friday night talks by guest speakers. Recent subjects have included the chocolate boxes sent to York soldiers during the First World War and the thankyou letters the soldiers wrote; the life of the church today in Zimbabwe; and British gardens. The Friends also organise other occasional events (such as the "Edwardian Christmas" social do which has proved popular for the past couple of years, and a large display of local history photographs), and generally promote fellowship and friendship amongst members.

September 2017 talk on York's blue plaques
The Friends raise some funds for the church when they can, and have traditionally made occasional gifts to St Lawrence's church and primary school. Recent gifts to the church have included the reparation of our remaining 17th-century furniture, and a new votive candle stand. Around St L March 2014 055 Details of a chair bought for the church in the 1680s, restored by the Friends in 2013.

The Friends attend an Evensong service on the closest Saturday afternoon in May to the date of the foundation stone of the "new" church building. This is followed by their AGM, and then an invariably fine tea. There are three officers: the President, the Honourary Treasurer, and the Honourary Secretary.

The current Secretary is Mr Kingsley Boulton. Anyone who would like more information about the Friends and their upcoming events should contact him at .

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.