Welcome to St Lawrence Church, Barnwood.

You can find resources for worship, including video-services and materials for worship at home, on our Video Services page (see tab on left).

St Lawrence Church and our Church Centre are closed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, the Church family is alive and active, and we continue to pray and care for one another and our local community.

Baptisms and weddings are not allowed to place until further notice.

Funerals are allowed to be held on a very restricted basis, at the Crematorium or at the Graveside in the Churchyard.

The Church Office is open for email and telephone enquiries only. The office is closed to all visitors.  Office hours: Tues-Thurs mornings from 9.00am-12.00noon.  For any urgent pastoral issues, please ring the parish office (tel: 372731) and listen to the answerphone message.

If you would like to join our church email distribution list and receive a weekly update email, please contact the church office by telephone or email.

May God bless you and give you his peace.

Rev. Rob Crofton, Vicar

Welcome to our website.

We hope you will find the information you are looking for.  Please go to our services page to find out about our regular services and to our events page for social events coming up.

We are the Church of England Parish Church for the communities of Barnwood, Abbeymead and Abbeydale in Gloucester.

We are a small community of Christians, from different walks of life, of different ages and stages of faith. Our aim is to grow as followers of Jesus Christ, loving God and one another and sharing the good news of Jesus with those around us.

We welcome people of all ages, of any religious background or none, and pray that you will be able to find the love of God through our community.

Find out more about what Christians believe here.

If you are interested in a Christening or a Wedding, please contact our Parish Office on 01452 372731 or stlawrencebarnwood@outlook.com. The following websites also have more information:

    Christenings: https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/

                  Weddings: https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/

Our main Sunday services each week are Holy Communion at 08.00am (a quiet, reflective service lasting about 45 minutes) and Parish Eucharist at 09.45am (with hymns, choir and organ, lasting just over an hour). All are welcome to come along. Tea and coffee are served after the 09.45am service at 11am in the Church Centre.

In September 2019 we launched a new service for All Ages called Worship Together, on the fourth Sunday of the monthThis is a great opportunity for us as the St Lawrence Church family to worship all together, with children and families fully included.  The service lasts around 45-50 minutes and is followed by refreshments. 

Our regular, Let's Praise service, for families and children, continues on the second Sunday of the month at 11.30am.  This service lasts around 45 minutes.

We meet for Morning Prayer in church each Monday morning from 09.00-09.30am. This a time of guided prayer, including readings from the Bible and silence for reflection. Our Coffee Shop is open every Monday morning from 09.00-11.30, and is a good opportunity to meet and chat with people and enjoy a real coffee and homemade cakes.

We have a special link with Barnwood Church of England Primary School, including an ‘Open the Book’ team doing Bible story assemblies there, school services in church, and a number of our church members are School Governors.

For up to date news and events, please see our Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/stlawrencechurchbarnwood/

May God bless you and make his love known to you.

Rev. Rob Crofton, Vicar

EXPERIENCE CREATION is a  monthly activity for children in parallel to the 9.45am service.  Our current programme is "Exploring the Story" : A journey through the bible from Genesis to Revelation. Each session begins with an outdoor exploration in the arboretum, followed by crafts, games, discussion and refreshments at the church centre.  It is aimed at primary school-aged children, but older children are welcome to come along and younger ones may stay if accompanied by an adult.  Parents can drop their children at 9.30am at the Centre and collect them at 11am.  We will need several helpers per session.  For more information or offers of help, please contact Petra Crofton Tel: 01452 668761 or email petravanrijssen@gmail.com  Please see our "Events Page" for further details.

YOUTH HUB:  Our Youth Group has been running since October for children in School Years 6-11.  Since then we have had great fun doing various activities. Last month we looked at the "Three Kings - follow the star" and did some star gazing with telescopes and apps and built a model of a solar system followed by pizza and "three kings cake".   If you would like to join in or for more information, please contact Petra Crofton on tel: 01452 668761.  We meet from 5.30pm - 7pm.

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.

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.