St Lawrence, York

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St Lawrence Parish Church is home to a growing congregation of all ages and many backgrounds, worshipping on a site used for Christian worship for perhaps 1,000 years. The parish of approximately 8,500  lies to the east of York, between the medieval City walls and the University of York's campus. Some church members have lived in or around the parish all their lives - at the same time, the church welcomes large numbers of students, many of whom live very nearby.

The church is York’s largest parish church and its spire that can be seen for many miles around. Built in a somewhat French and 13th-century variation of the Gothic revival style in the late 19th-century to replace its medieval predecessor (the Old Tower of which still stands in the churchyard), the interior was originally designed and further developed in the early 20th-century under the influence of the Anglo-Catholic revival - a movement whose traditions of practice and belief have since been handed down through generations of parishioners and are embraced by people of all ages at the church today. Both the familiar Prayer Book and the newer "Common Worship" series are used for services, with a sung Eucharist and Evensong every Sunday and well-supported often choral services for occasional midweek feast days. 

There is a great deal of other activity happening at the church - including bellringing, the youth club, choral singing, the over-60s 'Darby & Joan' social club, bingo, the luncheon club, lectures, and concerts. 

Whether you are an interested student, a resident parishioner, or from another part of York and looking for a good church home - or wondering if you should be - please do come along to a service one Sunday soon. If you are just visiting York, come and say hello - you will be made very welcome.



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St Lawrence Parish Office
Lawrence Street
YO10 3WP

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Holy Communion
A short but grand and reflective said service. Traditional (1662) language and order of service. No sermon.
Every Sunday at 9:00 AM
Book of Common Prayer
Sung Parish Eucharist
Our usual Sunday morning Sung Eucharist with the parish choir has a largely traditional aesthetic; contemporary language modern order most weeks, traditional language and order on the first Sunday of each month. Followed by tea, coffee, and fellowship.
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School Refreshments Book of Common Prayer Common Worship
Choral Evensong sung by a student-led choir in term time; Evensong sung by the congregation all other Sundays. Solemn Evensong (with incense) on certain days. A popular evening service particularly suitable to newcomers to church.
Every Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Occasional Choir Practice
For larger upcoming services, involving more complex music and extra singers, we sometimes have additional practices after Evensong (see Wednesday practice for more choir information).
Occasional - speak to our director of music for details on dates.
Every Sunday at 7:00 PM for 1½ hours


Morning Prayer
Every Monday at 8:30 AM for 20 minutes
Common Worship
Darby & Joan Club
Over 60s social club.
Every Monday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Bellringing Practice
Practice for Sunday ringing; invariably followed by pub trip.
Including bank holidays,
Every Monday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours


Morning Prayer
Every Tuesday at 8:30 AM for 20 minutes
Common Worship
Bible Study Class
(bring your own sandwiches!)
Every Tuesday at 12:10 PM for ¾ hour


Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 8:30 AM for 20 minutes
Common Worship
Over 60's Lunch Club
Contact Ann Dickson 01904 412140
Every other
Every Wednesday at 12:00 PM for 1½ hours
Choir Practice
Regular choir practice, followed by pub trip for those so minded - if you are interested in joining us, come along, or speak to our director of music after a service or by e-mailing
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM for 1½ hours


Morning Prayer
Every Friday at 8:30 AM for 20 minutes
Common Worship
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Advent Sunday Eucharist
Sung Eucharist for the first Sunday of Advent - traditional language.
Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship
Nine Lessons & Carols
A traditional service of readings and carols on the last Sunday before Christmas Eve.
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 6:00 PM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
Crib Service
A special Christmas Eve service for children and families.
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 3:00 PM
Family Friendly Refreshments Christmas Carols
Midnight Mass
Traditional Christmas Eve Eucharist.
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:30 PM for ¾ hour
Common Worship Christmas Carols
Christmas Day Eucharist
Eucharist for Christmas Day.
Monday 25th December 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship Christmas Carols
Epiphany Sung Eucharist
Traditional language.
Sunday 7th January 2018 at 10:00 AM for 50 minutes
Sunday School Refreshments Incense Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Bible Study Group, Tuesday Lunchtimes; Why We Do What We Do series - Sundays 11:30-12:30
Guided Tours Guidebooks
Church Open Come along and see us at a service! Otherwise - open on some special occasions; you can often find someone around to let you in at other times; and regular Summer opening hours, which currently include: Monday and Wednesday evenings, Tuesday afternoons, Friday morning, and Saturday late morning-to-lunchtime. Hall for Hire Community Hall (with kitchen) - available for hire. Contact the Hall Manager on 07391 234653 or email
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Priest in charge: The Revd Elizabeth Jane NATTRASS (Jane)
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18952
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic
Our Patron: Dean & Chapter of York Minster
Archdeaconry: YORK (431)
Deanery: YORK (43111)
Benefice: York St Lawr w St Nic (43/426 R)
Parish Legal Name: St. Lawrence with St. Nicholas, York (430194 )
CofE Church Info: (643194 43/194)
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St Lawrence : Lawrence Street, York, York, YO10 3WP - Just outside Walmgate Bar, between the City walls and the University of York.

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