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. Some church members have lived in the parish all their lives - at the same time, the church welcomes large numbers of students, many of whom live very nearby.

There is a broad range of services types, and both the Prayer Book and the Common Worship series are used, although St Lawrence has a largely traditional aesthetic. St Lawrence is one of only only a handful of City of York churches still managing to sing Evensong every Sunday, at 6pm. Have a look at the 'special events' tab for details on special services for particular occasions (e.g. Christmas and Easter services).

There is a great deal of other activity happening at the church - including bellringing, choral singing, the over-60s social club, talks, concerts - and tai chi...

Whether you're 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 would be very welcome.


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St Lawrence Parish Office
Lawrence Street
YO10 3WP
01904632434 (Church Office)

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Holy Communion
Sung (Merbecke) with hymn and sermon on the first Sunday of each month; other weeks a short said service.
Every Sunday at 9:00 AM
Coffee Book of Common Prayer
"Together to Worship"
Varying non-Eucharistic liturgical forms based upon Morning Prayer
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for 55 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Parish Eucharist (sung)
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Coffee Common Worship
Sung, every week (Noble); Choral the first Sunday of most months.
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
Except bank holidays,
Every Monday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Incense 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 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Incense Common Worship
Bible Study Class
(bring your own sandwiches!)
Every Tuesday at 12:10 PM for ¾ hour


Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Incense Common Worship
Over 60's Lunch Club
Contact Ann Dickson 01904 412140
Every other
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 Thursday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Incense Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Every Friday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Incense Common Worship
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Harvest Sunday Eucharist
Service to be led by the Archbishop of York!
Sunday 4th October 2015 at 10:00 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Harvest Evensong & Supper
Much-loved Choral Evensong plus community social do for Harvest - with an exciting new twist (come and see..) (Supper £5 adults, children free)
Wednesday 7th October 2015 at 7:00 PM
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
Sung Holy Communion (Woodward)
As the church will be inaccessible due to the York Marathon in the morning, we are holding a Sung Communion in place of Evensong - do come.
Sunday 11th October 2015 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
All Souls Requiem Mass
A choral service for All Souls Day, with special invitation to the lately bereaved.
Monday 2nd November 2015 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Service of Remembrance
A traditional service of remembrance for those fallen in conflict since the beginning of the First World War. Including reading of names of the fallen of the parish, and (hopefully) a display of lanterns produced by St Lawrence's schoolchildren.
Sunday 8th November 2015 at 6:00 PM for 50 minutes
Advent Procession
Popular candlelit choral procession to mark the first day of Advent.
Sunday 29th November 2015 at 6:00 PM for 50 minutes
Choral Evensong
Choral Evensong for the Feast of St Nicholas.
Sunday 6th December 2015 at 6:00 PM for 50 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Lessons & Carols
Choral service of popular carols and lessons, held in the church by candlelight on the last Sunday before Christmas Day.
Sunday 20th December 2015 at 6:00 PM for 50 minutes
Crib Service
Children's Christmas service around the crib - in the Church Hall.
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 3:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve communion.
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 11:45 PM for 50 minutes
Common Worship
Christmas Day Eucharist
In the Church Hall.
Friday 25th December 2015 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Epiphany: Children's Service
Details TBC!
Sunday 10th January 2016 at 10:00 AM
Family Friendly Coffee
Solemn Epiphany Procession
In the church, hopefully choral - details TBC.
Sunday 10th January 2016 at 6:00 PM



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 Floodlight

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 at £12 per hour. Contact Mrs Ann Dickson - 01904 412104
Other information
Clergy: The Revd Elizabeth Jane NATTRASS (Jane)
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18952
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 43/194)
CofE Church Info: (643194 43/194)
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The current editor is: Mr. Iain R J Milne

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This page was last updated on Friday 1st May 2015
St Lawrence : Lawrence Street, Just outside Walmgate Bar, between the City walls and the University of York., York, York, YO10 3WP

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