We are a small friendly church situated at the heart of Barnwood. We offer a wide range of Church of England services to suit any visitor to our church. 

St Lawrence church vacancy

Both our Priest in Charge, Revd Ann and our Curate, Revd Susan, have now moved on to new things. Revd Susan is Vicar at the nearby Greenway Benefice, and Revd Ann has retired.  We are now in a period of vacancy while a new Priest is appointed.  Although we miss Ann and Susan very much we are also looking forward to the new person who God will be choosing to join us some time next year.  Please pray for everyone involved in making the new appointment and trying to make the church run smoothly in the meantime!

We are very fortunate to be able to invite visitors to help take services during the vacancy.  On 23 July it was a great pleasure to welcome Bishop Robert to lead our services. His sermon was skillfully crafted to link the Matthew gospel reading (in which Jesus tells the parable of the weeds and explains it to the disciples) with the many issues involved the vacancy in our Church. Thank you, Bishop Robert!

Three weeks ago, Pat Prosser, Chair of Trustees of the Gloucester Foodbank, took our services and gave us an inspiring presentation on 'God's Heart for the Poor'.  You can see his slides here.

On 30 July  we were delighted to welcome Revd Canon Michael Butler who took our 8.00am service. We very much appreciate the warm welcome and support given to our visiting clery/speakers.

COFFEE SHOP:  This year, for the first time, Coffee Shop is running throughout August, even on Bank Holiday Monday.  Come along and join us for coffee, cake and a friendly chat.  Open from 9am - 11.30am.  We look forward to seeing you.

Office hours w/c 13/08/17:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am - 12pm (Office closed Tuesday)

Office hours w/c 20/8/17
Monday 9 - 12pm, Tuesday 9 - 10.30am, Wednesday 9 - 12pm, Thursday 9.00 - 10.30am.

Please note the office will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 28/8/17.

PARISH MAGAZINE:  We are always delighted to receive material for inclusion in our parish magazine.  If you would like to contribute please send material to the church office, ideally by email to vic-barnwood@supanet.com.  All contributions may be edited and inclusion in the magazine is not guaranteed.

Visitors Welcome:

All visitors are very welcome. On Sundays we serve tea and coffee in the Parish Centre at 11.00am following Parish Communion. To find out more about what you can expect on a Sunday please see our visitors page.
We try to accommodate pushchairs and buggies wherever possible, either in church or in the centre. Occasionally, at very busy services (Christmas for example) it might not be safe to have pushchairs or buggies in church, but we are very happy to hold babies and help unload and park buggies somewhere safe so that you can enjoy the service.


There are regular services held at St Lawrence C of E Church. Families find our specially designed Let's Praise and Let's Celebrate services welcoming and fun. A Sunday Club is regularly held in the adjacent Parish Centre during the main 9.45 service so parents and carers can relax and enjoy their personal worship time while the youngsters learn about Jesus and the bible in a fun way.

The church family also offers extra events and weekly groups to cater for all needs and interests. See the meetings page for further details.

Prayer requests and visits:

If you have a prayer request, please either fill in one of our prayer/visit request cards in church, or email the church administrator or phone to ask for your request to be added to our list - we are pleased to pray and like to hear updates too. We also offer visits (including home communion if desired) - please contact the church office. When the church is open, you are invited to light a candle by way of prayer. You may need to ask the church office to provide a lighter. It is wise to check that the church is open before you make your journey - please call the office on 01452 372731.

Giving by text:

You can now donate to our church using JustTextGiving by Vodafone. It's very easy to use - just text the amount you want from this list: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 pounds to the number 70070 using our unique code. For example, to donate £10, text the message SLCB10 £10 to phone number 70070

You will receive a text message receipt, and the chance to add Gift Aid by filling in a web form or by text message. Depending on your call plan or package you may be charged for sending the text - please check with your provider.

Thank you very much for all the support we receive, both financial and practical.

Recent news and announcements are now made via our Facebook page.
Please click on the Facebook link below to see all of our news and updates:

View all posts from our Facebook page. 

NB: You do not have to be a member of Facebook to see the information there. Facebook is updated frequently and is a useful source of information for church members, guests and visitors alike.

Daily Worship:

Here is a link to the daily worship website of the Church of England. It has options for morning, evening and night prayer, and you can select traditional or contemporary versions. It uses the Church of England lectionary, so the readings change and you don't need a bible to hand as it is all reproduced on screen for you. It works on tablets, laptops and smart phones! We hope you find this useful for your personal prayer times.