Welcome to the website of Christ Church St Laurence. Our diverse and inclusive parish is grounded in the rich tradition of Anglicanism. We value our place in the worldwide Anglican Communion and offer a place of peace and beauty within the inner-city of Sydney. We hold a great reverence for the sacraments of the church, and maintain fine liturgical traditions and excellence in music. We encourage you to explore our website and read the details of our services and events. The parish would be delighted to welcome you to all or any of the liturgies if you are able to join us.
SUNDAY 30 AUGUST 2015 (The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Readings of the Day Song of Songs 2.8-13; Psalm 45.1-2, 6-9; James 1.17-27 Gospel Reading: Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Services 7.00am Morning Prayer
9.00am Sung Eucharist Preacher: The Rt Rev'd Robert Forsyth Setting: Missa sine nomine (Jewkes)
10.30am Solemn High Mass Preacher: The Rt Rev'd Robert Forsyth Setting: Service in F (Sumsion) Motet: O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit (Tallis) Sung by the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence
6.30pm Solemn Evensong & Benediction Preacher: Fr Daniel Dries Canticles: Evening Service in G (Woodside) Anthem: Evening Hymn (Gardiner) Sung by the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence
Watch: A Sunday in the life of Christ Church St Laurence
A snapshot of a Sunday in the life of Christ Church St Laurence. As the sun rises in Sydney, our Sunday begins with morning prayer. Elsewhere, the choir rehearses, children gather for Sunday School, and bell-ringers peal the church bells. Congregations gather for services at 7.00, 7.30, 9.00 & 10.30am. Fellowship is warm in the parish hall after each of the services. Sunday ends with Solemn Evensong. As the clergy and choir depart, the altar is left in a blaze of candlelight.
Watch: The Hallowing and Dedication of St Laurence Lane
At the beginning of August 2015, the City of Sydney formally changed the name of Rawson Lane to St Laurence Lane in recognition of our church's 170th anniversary of dedication. On Sunday 2 August, St Laurence Lane was Hallowed & Dedicated to the glory of God with a short service of blessing in between our Sung Eucharist and Solemn High Mass. The choir sang Bruckner's 'Locus iste' before the procession of more than 100 people made its way through the lane and toward the church.