Welcome

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.

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who supported our Christmas Market last Saturday.  It was a lovely day and we raised just over £1,500 for church funds. 

For details of our Advent and Christmas services, please look on our "Seasonal Services" page.

Vicar Appointment:  We are delighted to announce that following our interview day on Monday 6 November, the Revd Rob Crofton, currently Team Vicar in the West Cheltenham Team Ministry, has been appointed as the next Vicar of St Lawrence, Barnwood. 

Rob has been a priest in the Diocese of Gloucester for 11 years.  Before training for ordination, he worked for A Rocha, the Christian charity helping churches to care for God's creation.  He is passionate about prayer, the Bible, and helping people grow in faith.  He is married to Petra, who is from the Netherlands, and they have three children: Nina (aged 12), Matthias (aged 10) and Thomas (aged 8).

Rob says:  "Petra and I are so excited at God's call to us to serve Him in Barnwood.  We look forward to getting to know everyone at St Lawrence's, sharing our life together, and growing as a church in serving God's mission in Barnwood."

It is expected that Rob and his family will move in February and there will be a service of welcome and licensing around the beginning of March.  Details will follow, but meanwhile thank you to everyone who has prayed, supported or been involved in the process so far, we give thanks to God and look forward to this next stage in our life together.

COFFEE SHOP:   Come along and join us for coffee, cake and a friendly chat.  Open from 9am - 11.30am.  We look forward to seeing you. (Please note there will be no coffee shop on Monday 6th November because of interviews for our new vicar)


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.

Meetings:

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. 

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.

http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer/feed-embed.aspx