A message about worship during the coronavirus situation:
UPDATED ON 1st DECEMBER 2020
In-person services will resume on Sunday 6th December, with a 9.30am Said Mass on Sundays and an 11am Said Mass on Wednesdays.
The Sunday Mass will include organ music and singing by the choir. Congregational singing is still not permitted. Unfortunately, we still cannot run children's groups, but children's activity sheets are available from the Children's Corner.
Please wear a mask unless you are exempt, and please observe all social-distancing measures.
Please book for all in-person services, by emailing: -
by Wednesday for Sunday, and by Monday for Wednesday.
There will be a Christmas service of readings and prayers on Zoom at 7pm on Sunday 20th December, in place of our usual carol service.
There won't be a Mass on Wednesday 23rd December.
Sadly this year we can't hold the crib services because of all the restrictions, but the church will be open from 2.30-5pm on Christmas Eve for people to call in - to leave a present (new and unwrapped, please) under the tree for children in need if they wish, and to light a candle at the crib. There will be Christmas music playing and hopefully a small, sweet treat for children to take away with them!
Midnight Mass will be at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve (a said service with the choir singing) and Christmas Morning Mass will be at 9.30am on Christmas Day (a said service, to which children are invited to bring a present to show).
It will be essential to book if you would like to come to Midnight Mass or Christmas morning, and if you are planning to come on Christmas Eve, it would be quite helpful to know during which half hour period you might come (e.g. that you are planning to turn up between 4 and 4.30). Please email email@example.com for all bookings.
We will continue with Zoom Evensong on Sundays at 6.30, Zoom Children's Services, and Zoom Morning Prayer and Coffee at 10.45am on Saturdays - for codes to any of these, please contact the Rector: firstname.lastname@example.org
The church building is open for private prayer on Sundays 3-4.30pm and Thursdays 10am-12noon. For more information, please see this video: -
We are distributing resources for worship, for adults and children, via email and post. Please let us know if you would like to receive these.
Recordings of some services, together with reflections and recordings made by our choir, are available on YouTube. Advent and Christmas videos will also be posted here: -
Some of our fundraising organ concerts (covering the works of J.S. Bach) are being posted to Richard Brasier's YouTube channel: -
We have a Facebook page: 'The Parish Church of St Laurence, Upminster' where updates are also posted.
An audio tour of the church building is available here: -
Our halls are currently only open for groups who are permitted to meet.
We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and well. Please do get in touch with the Parish Office, Susannah or Fr. Roy if you would like to speak to us about something, if you would like support in some way, or if you have a need for prayer.
May God's peace, which passes all understanding, be with us all.
The Revd Susannah Brasier (Rector)
Like many organisations, St Laurence is suffering financially due to the pandemic and the loss of income from our halls. We would be very grateful for any donations towards the mission and ministry of the church. Please contact us for details of how to give via online banking.