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The following announcement was made at St. Lawrence and St. Francis on Sunday 21st January:

"Paul Taylor, the incumbent Vicar of St. Francis and St. Lawrence, has been appointed as Priest in Charge of St. Matthews Church, Worthing, on the South Coast.

Paul has been part of the life of St. Lawrence for 16 years, initially 7 years as Vicar of St. Lawrence and then supporting Tessa and now Sarah.

Lynn and Paul expect to move on some time after Easter.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they enter this new stage of their ministry."

Jeff Long and Chris Lush





These coffee mornings are organised by the congregation of St. Lawrence Church for the whole village community. It is a chance to meet one another, especially newcomers to the area, in a friendly and informal way. Just come and go as you please, there is no need to let people know.

2nd Wednesday in each month



March 14th  -  13 St. Lawrence Close
Kindly hosted by Peter & Carolyn Cardus


April 11th  -  7 Castle Keep
Kindly hosted by Tim & Brigitta Line



             LENT MORNING PRAYER                

On 6 Tuesday mornings during Lent at 9.45am in the Chancel:

20th February

27th February

6th March

13th March

20th March

27th March

These meetings will conclude at 10.30am, after fellowship and coffee.

A time to listen, to participate, to pray and to reflect.




A simple soup, bread and cheese Lenten Lunch will be available at
"Avonlea", Stratford Road.

There will be no charge, but donations to Alabaré will be appreciated.  We can accommodate 10 persons per session; there will be a sign-up sheet at the back of church.

Dates are as follows:  15th and 22nd February;  1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd March 2018,
from midday.

Veronica and Ted Uren  Tel: 01722 331766





The new look 2018 Real Easter Egg range is now available to order. People are being asked to buy them as a special gift for family members and friends, a unique way of sharing the story of Easter.

Out of the 80 million Easter eggs sold in this part of the world every year, The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has a copy of the Easter story in the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and which supports charitable projects.

This year the Original and Dark eggs come with an A5 Easter story activity book, which has 24 pages. Illustrated by Martina Peluso, the book will delight children and adults. The Special Edition comes with an olive wood holding cross keyring from Bethlehem and a simple guide to Easter.

A Hunt Box is also available with six midi eggs and a 12 page cross shaped Easter story-activity booklet. For larger groups, the Sharing Box comes with 30 midi eggs and 30 copies of the cross shaped Easter story-activity booklet.

The Real Easter Egg was launched in 2010 but the supermarkets turned down the idea at first. It was left to churches and church schools to place orders to fund The Meaningful Chocolate Company to make The Real Easter Egg.

To date, more than one million eggs have been sold with 750,000 of these sent through the post directly to churches and schools. The rest have been sold through independent retailers and supermarkets.

The success of The Real Easter Egg has meant that the production of Fairtrade chocolate has moved to the UK. Over £250,000 has been raised from sales for charitable causes.

Where to buy; -

  • St. Lawrence Church, Indicate your choices on the sign up sheet (Orders by 4th March 2018)

Original Egg  £3.99

Dark Chocolate  £5.50

Special edition  £9.99

  • Sarum College Christian bookshop also has stock.
  • The whole range can be ordered online at  or from Traidcraft,, TLM, Embrace the Middle East.
  • You can also buy the blue Original egg from Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and Asda.



The March Evensong will be on Sunday 18th March, 6.00pm

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by your great mercy

defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;

for the love of thy only Son,

our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen



Family Fellowship in The Reading Room

Sunday 29th April, 10.00am





              Forthcoming Marriages at St. Lawrence

          Georgia Keyes & Matthew Green, 16th June 2018

          Katharine Mills & George Klepp, 14th July 2018


Please pray for these couples as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.

1 John 4:16



Forthcoming Baptisms

Harry Goss on Sunday 29th April at 11.45am




Prayer Bears for Baptism Children



We give a knitted Prayer Bear to every child baptised at St. Lawrence. If you would like to knit one from a simple pattern or know someone else who would enjoy creating one, please contact Heather Balston for details - 01722 411628.


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