St Laurence, Lurgashall

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You are most welcome to join us for any of our services. The Church is also always open for private prayer 24 hours every day.

St Laurence's is a very old (originally Saxon) Church and is set in an extensive and peaceful Churchyard which adjoins fields and woods.  Inside it is quiet and simple and has a very welcoming atmosphere which contributes to the peace and beauty of this Holy place.

Our Priest-in-Charge is the Reverend Peter Hayes, who is also Priest-in-Charge of the adjoining Parishes of Northchapel and Ebernoe.  We have very friendly relations with those Churches and share services with them from time to time and always on the fifth Sunday in the month.

 

If you are new to our Church, here is some information for visitors which may be helpful

 

A very warm Welcome:

Whoever you are, you will always be very welcome at St Laurence. 


When to arrive:

It's probably best to turn up around 5 minutes before the start of the service, or 10-15 minutes for services which are likely to have a lot of people, such as christenings, weddings and carol services. Weekly service times are given in the Parish Newsletter and displayed on the notice board by the Church gate, as well as being published on this website.


What to wear:

Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We accept people as they are and there's no need to dress up unless you want to.


What to expect:

Arriving

Going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience but please don't worry about 'doing things wrong'. We aren't super-spiritual beings who will look down on you and we've all had a 'first day'. We are a friendly bunch and will be only too pleased to help if you have any questions. You'll be greeted on the door by someone who will give you all the books and information you need. People often use the time before a service to think or pray quietly, so if they're not all talking to you this might be why.


During the service

You can expect a mixture of prayers, hymns or songs, readings from the Bible and a fairly short sermon of up to 10 minutes. 

Generally the service should last up to an hour.

Most of our services use the Common Worship form, but some use the more traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer, To make things easier at St Laurence we have printed our own service booklets for Common Worship services, which are very easy to follow, and if there are special services - Carol Service or Remembrance Sunday, for example - we have complete service sheets setting out the whole service. You will be given whatever it is that you may need for the service when you arrive.

We normally stand for hymns or songs and sit or kneel for most prayers but just follow the other people in the pews if you are unsure. We sit for the first Bible reading, read by a member of the congregation, but stand for the Gospel reading, which is generally read by the priest or other person leading the service. We also stand when we say the Creed.

At some services we ‘share the peace'. This just means shaking hands with people and saying 'Peace be with you'. You can join in with this or not as you please. People may also use this time to say hello if you are new. 

You will not be embarrassed

When you visit St Laurence, or any Anglican church, you will be our respected and welcome guest. You will not be singled out in an embarrassing way, nor asked to stand before the congregation nor to come forward. You will worship God with us.

 

After the service

There may be tea and coffee after the service, which is an opportunity to get to know people if you would like to. You will also find that the person who has led the service will be available to talk to, often standing by the door, or you can chat to the rest of the people in church.

Our hope is that whether you just want to visit us for a one-off service, are looking into Christianity for the first time, or have been a Christian for many years, you will be encouraged and inspired by your visit. We hope that everyone who comes through our doors will meet with God and feel welcome among us.


Children:

It is fine to keep your children with you in the service. Please don't worry about them making a noise or moving about: we won't!


Not just Sundays:

St Laurence is kept open for you to visit 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so should you wish to drop in for a period of prayer or quiet reflection it will always be possible for you to enjoy the peace of this beautiful Church.



If you would like more information about what happens in Anglican (Church of England) churches like ours please see What to expect at an Anglican church (opens in new window) or contact the Priest in Charge or one of the Churchwardens

 

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The Reverend Peter Hayes
The Rectory,
Northchapel,
Petworth,
West Sussex
GU28 9HP

or

The Churchwardens:
Mrs Elizabeth Clark
Caplins,
Lurgashall, Petworth,
West Sussex. GU28 9EW
Telephone 01428 707230
or
Mr David Martin-Jenkins
Jobson's Cottage
Jobson's Lane
Lurgashall
West Susssex
GU27 3BY
Telephone: 01428 707294
01428 707373 (The Reverend Peter Hayes, Priest-in-Charge) or 01428 707230 (Elizabeth Clark, Churchwarden)

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Harvest Festival Service
This will be a traditional Harvest Festival Service to give thanks for God's goodness at the conclusion of the farming year. The service will be followed by the Annual Harvest Supper in the Village Hall - see separate entry
Sunday 16th October 2016 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
 
Harvest Supper
The Harvest Supper is held in Lurgashall Village Hall on the conclusion of the Harvest Festival Service in the Church. It is a very popular village event, so early booking is recommended. Tickets £6 from the Village Shop.
Sunday 16th October 2016 at 7:30 PM for 150 minutes
Family Friendly
 
Combined Parishes Communion at Northchapel
A sung service of Holy Communion at St. Michael's, Northchapel. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO SERVICE AT LURGASHALL ON THIS SUNDAY.
Sunday 30th October 2016 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Coffee Common Worship
 
Service of Remembrance
A traditional Remembrance Sunday Service with two minutes silence, Last Post, etc.
Sunday 13th November 2016 at 10:50 AM for 1 hour
 
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE
This service, which is especially designed for families, is a lovely way to start the Christmas season. It is based on the Children's Society's form of service, and each child attending will be presented with a symbolic Christingle. In return, those attending are asked to bring a present of a toy or game which will be passed on to disadvantaged children in the area.
Sunday 4th December 2016 at 4:30 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
 
CAROL SERVICE
This is a traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols held to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee
 
'MIDNIGHT' MASS
This is a chance to celebrate Holy Communion on Christmas Eve and early on Christmas morning. It is a sung Eucharist with traditional readings and carols
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
 
CHRISTMAS DAY FAMILY SERVICE
This service is designed especially for families on Christmas morning. It will be a simple service with traditional carols for parents and their children. It will be followed by a short celebration of Holy Communion for those who wish to remain.
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
 
Combined Parishes Communion - AT EBERNOE
A sung celebration of the Eucharist, shared between the Parishes of Northchapel, Ebernoe and Lurgashall, and held in Holy Trinity, Ebernoe. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO SERVICE IN LURGASHALL ON THIS SUNDAY
Sunday 1st January 2017 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
 
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Sunday

Sung Communion
A Sung Service of Holy Communion
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
until Saturday 12th November 2016
Ends Saturday 15th October 2016.
Resumes Monday 17th October 2016
Common Worship
Sung Communion
A Sung Service of Holy Communion
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
from Monday 14th November 2016 until Saturday 17th December 2016
Ends Saturday 3rd December 2016.
Resumes Monday 5th December 2016
Common Worship
Sung Communion
A Sung Service of Holy Communion
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
from Monday 2nd January 2017 until Thursday 13th April 2017
Ends Saturday 25th March 2017.
Resumes Monday 27th March 2017
Common Worship
Printer friendly list of events
Harvest Festival Service
This will be a traditional Harvest Festival Service to give thanks for God's goodness at the conclusion of the farming year. The service will be followed by the Annual Harvest Supper in the Village Hall - see separate entry
Sunday 16th October 2016 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
Harvest Supper
The Harvest Supper is held in Lurgashall Village Hall on the conclusion of the Harvest Festival Service in the Church. It is a very popular village event, so early booking is recommended. Tickets £6 from the Village Shop.
Sunday 16th October 2016 at 7:30 PM for 150 minutes
Family Friendly
Combined Parishes Communion at Northchapel
A sung service of Holy Communion at St. Michael's, Northchapel. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO SERVICE AT LURGASHALL ON THIS SUNDAY.
Sunday 30th October 2016 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Coffee Common Worship
Service of Remembrance
A traditional Remembrance Sunday Service with two minutes silence, Last Post, etc.
Sunday 13th November 2016 at 10:50 AM for 1 hour
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE
This service, which is especially designed for families, is a lovely way to start the Christmas season. It is based on the Children's Society's form of service, and each child attending will be presented with a symbolic Christingle. In return, those attending are asked to bring a present of a toy or game which will be passed on to disadvantaged children in the area.
Sunday 4th December 2016 at 4:30 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
CAROL SERVICE
This is a traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols held to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee
'MIDNIGHT' MASS
This is a chance to celebrate Holy Communion on Christmas Eve and early on Christmas morning. It is a sung Eucharist with traditional readings and carols
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
CHRISTMAS DAY FAMILY SERVICE
This service is designed especially for families on Christmas morning. It will be a simple service with traditional carols for parents and their children. It will be followed by a short celebration of Holy Communion for those who wish to remain.
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Combined Parishes Communion - AT EBERNOE
A sung celebration of the Eucharist, shared between the Parishes of Northchapel, Ebernoe and Lurgashall, and held in Holy Trinity, Ebernoe. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO SERVICE IN LURGASHALL ON THIS SUNDAY
Sunday 1st January 2017 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship

Features


(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass Wall Paintings
Organ

 
     
Guidebooks
Church Open The Church is normally open 24 hours a day, every day
Hall for Hire Lurgashall Village Hall has recently been completely renovated and is a delightful venue for your meeting or social event. It has a fully equipped commercial kitchen and can accommodate the following numbers:Seated 70 Standing 100 Contact: Mrs. Iola Christian - 01428 707227For charges visit http://www.lurgashall.org/
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5040
Diocesan ID: BM0911
Built: Saxon
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Alternates between Lords Leconfield and Cowdray
Archdeaconry: HORSHAM (102)
Deanery: PETWORTH (10206)
Benefice: Lurgashall (10/227CM)
Parish Legal Name: LURGASHALL (100280 10/280)
CofE Church Info: (610280 10/280)
Short URL: acny.uk/5040/
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St Laurence : The Green, Lurgashall, In the North East corner of the Village Green, by the Noah's Ark pub., Lurgashall, West Sussex, GU28 9ET

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