St Laurence's, Church Stretton
The Church –
We are an Evangelical church set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stretton Hills. We seek to serve God in our local community and share the Good News of Jesus with all. People have been worshipping God in St. Laurence’s for over 1000 years and there is a rich history of God working out his purposes in and around these rolling hills. As an Anglican church our aim is to meet the needs of all Christians from those who prefer traditional Church of England services to others who feel more comfortable with a more informal approach.
Newcomers and visitors find us a friendly church, and many of our congregation are drawn in from the surrounding towns and villages as well as Church Stretton itself. Our activities are varied and appeal to all ages from young children and families to the elderly and retired; they include a Parents and Toddlers group, participation in the town’s special events, an Evensong and tea for the elderly, a March of Witness through the town on Good Friday and many others.
Those enquiring about the Christian Faith or searching issues of spirituality will also find our services accessible, and from time to time we hold special events, Alpha courses and other groups.
We seek to be adventurous in exercising our faith, whilst conserving the best of the past.
The Local Community –
The parish is situated in the South Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with St Laurence’s Parish Church standing in the picturesque market town of Church Stretton.
The parish with a population of 4,200 people is concentrated in the town itself and in two main villages, All Stretton, with ‘St Michael and All Angels’ church and Little Stretton with ‘All Saints’ church. Other Christian Churches are well represented: – United Reformed Church (URC): Methodist : Roman Catholic : Society of Friends Meeting.
Church Stretton has a good range of shops and other necessary amenities. Tourism with farming is a principal source of local employment and Church Stretton is a popular centre from which to explore the surrounding countryside. The railway runs through the valley connecting Manchester and South Wales and with regular connections to London and the West Midlands accessibility is easy.
There are two thriving schools in Church Stretton: St Lawrence’s Church of England Primary School, and Church Stretton Comprehensive School for pupils aged 11-16 years. There is also a thriving community centre, called The Mayfair Centre, offering a wide range of activities.
Local people value their town with its beautiful countryside and opportunities both social and recreational as well as its strong community spirit.