Welcome to St. Laurence Church, Telscombe Village.
We aim to provide a warm welcome to all those seeking to find and meet with God within the calm, spirit-filled surroundings of our church. Visitors often comment on the “lovely peaceful atmosphere” and one recently described it as “a gentle experience”. One of our visiting clergy describes the church as “both holy and homely”. St Laurence is a Grade I listed building lying within the Telscombe Village Conservation Area. Records indicate evidence of a church on this site since AD 966. The nave and chancel are Norman, whilst the north aisle, tower and north-east chapel were added in the late 12th century. The chapel was rebuilt in Victorian times, when a number of other alterations to the church were also carried out. The wall paintings on the east wall above the chancel arch are modern: they were painted in 1905 as part of the redecoration of the church donated by Ambrose Gorham.
Every Sunday of the month, we hold an 11.00am Communion service with hymns using Common Worship, Order One in Traditional Language. Refreshments are served in the church at the end of the service. Festival services such as Remembrance and Harvest are incorporated into this Sunday service. An organist plays at two services each month and a hymnal is used for the other services. We have recently introduced a new hymn book: Anglican Hymns Old & New. The average regular attendance is fourteen, although this number is often supplemented by visitors to the village.
Baptism, Matrimony and Funeral Services.
These are conducted within the regulations laid down by the Church of England. One of our two churchyards is still open for burials and interment of ashes. In 2014, there were four baptisms, one wedding and five interments of ashes.