St Laurence - The Church in the Centre of Town

St. Laurence’s Church: Stroud Centre for Peace and the Arts is an inclusive spiritual space on Stroud’s foundational site – A church for everyone in the heart of Stroud.

We are seeking peace in ourselves and the world through faith, the arts, ecology and justice.

Peace (shalom): Making peace, in its widest sense, is at the heart of the mission of St. Laurence’s. There are deep roots in the all-encompassing ancient Hebrew concept of shalom (wholeness, including justice and ecological flourishing) and in the teaching and purpose of Jesus, and there is openness to find peace at the heart of other faiths.

Faith: St Laurence’s Church is, and will remain, a Christian place of worship, yet one where people of all faiths and none should feel welcome.

The Arts: The arts can provide moments of wonder and glimpses of shalom, and St Laurence’s mission seeks to enable these to the greatest extent possible.

Ecology: Ecology is a way of understanding and appreciating the interconnectedness of all life, including humanity. Judaeo-Christian and other faiths recognise the flourishing of the natural world as fundamental to human flourishing and an aspect of peace.

Justice: There can be no peace without justice, and indeed justice is an aspect of shalom. In the Gospels, Jesus speaks of “the Kingdom of God”, a vision of a world in which oppression and discrimination are overturned and all people can experience their equality before God and life in all its fullness.

Get in touch

Church is open every Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm

What's on

Silent Sitting, St Laurence

Every Tuesday at for 45 mins
St Laurence - The Church in the Centre of Town
The Shambles Stroud, GL5 1AP, United Kingdom

A half-hour's early morning silence for prayers, contemplation, reflection, meditation. Open to anyone of any faith or none. Followed by coffee and conversation afterwards at Yard Cafe & Kitchen (was Mills Cafe).

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"The parish of Stroud: St Laurence is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Gloucester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."