A view of the Eastern Side of the Church

A warm welcome to the St Laurence Church, Hawkhurst website.

We are a friendly, welcoming congregation.

St Laurence is part of the Weald Deanery and Diocese of Canterbury.

The Vicar and people of St. Laurence, Hawkhurst invite you to experience Christianity as a way of life, not just a set of creeds and doctrines demanding agreement. We invite you to join us as we seek to discover and recover the meaning of the gospel for our time, looking to the Sacraments, Scripture, Faith, Reason and Music — interpreted by love.

At St. Laurence we believe that what Jesus teaches and reveals to us about God is equally as important as what the Church through the ages has taught us about Jesus. We believe in the freedom of conscience, the responsibility of every believer to work out his or her own salvation in response to the grace of God, and the obligation of faithful men and women to become partners with God in building the kingdom.

We take the Sacraments and Holy Scriptures seriously and believe that in our time the Church must recover, above all, and in line with the Church’s teaching and practise, its radical hospitality — welcoming all persons into her midst as they are.

  • Vicar

    Rev Rodney Dreyer
    01580 754459

  • Churchwarden

    Alison Jones
    01580 755705

  • Churchwarden

    Liz Hatcher
    01580 712099

The Vicar and Churchwardens.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

For a copy of the 1.11.2020 Service please click below.


Daily Prayers for October 2020

Daily Prayers for November 2020

Sunday, 1st November we will gather in church for the 8am. and the 10am. services.  
Safety Guidance for Sunday Services
  • Please bring your own hand sanitiser and use it as you enter the church.   (Hand sanitiser will also be available in the church)
  • Ventilation in the church will be increased and the entrance door will remain open throughout the service. Please avoid touching the door and handles.
  • The toilet will be open.
  • Temperatures will be taken on entry with a sensor thermometer. 
  • Service sheets will need to be collected as you come into the church Alternatively, you may follow the service on your mobile phone or tablet. 
  • An offertory plate will be placed by the door (paper money only please due to Covid 19 virus).
  • On entry to the church please WAIT to be ushered to your seats inside the church
  • Face coverings must be worn in the church building.
  • Communion will be in one kind only and you should sanitise your hands before receiving. The Churchwardens will be providing hand sanitiser. 

If you are in two minds about whether or not to attend these services, it will be broadcast on Zoom, so you are able to participate at home.  


Please do take note  that the details for connecting on the Zoom service for Sunday 10am morning services have recently changed. They are: 
Also, please note that the details for the Zoom service on Wednesdays at 5pm. have also changed. They are:


Notices : October 2020

1. Miss Anne Wheelhouse created an Easter Garden outside the main Church doors during lockdown. It was admired by many people who passed by. She has maintained the garden through the summer and into autumn and has recently made the display into a garden for harvest. When you pass by St Laurence Church, do go and have a good look at the detail in it. Thank you, Miss Wheelhouse.
2. Ali and Liz would like to add their thanks to those of Father Rodney, to everyone who participated in the Working Party held on 17th October. So many jobs were completed by the 23 kind people who came. Everywhere looks tidier now and ready for the forthcoming winter season. Paths were cleared of weeds, edges of paths were trimmed, the gulley around the church was cleared, tiled floors were scrubbed, pews polished, windowsills swept, gates and doors scrubbed, brasses were polished and glass was cleaned. The notice boards were cleaned, oiled and renewed,  Lady Herschel's grave was also weeded and now looks very smart, plus ivy was removed from the church wall. Thank you to everyone.
3. There will be a Confirmation Service here on the 26th of January 2021 at 7pm. We have four candidates already. If you would like to be confirmed in the faith of the Church by Bishop Rose during this service, please speak to Fr. Rodney. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Rose on her first visit to our parish.

4. We have received expressions of thanks from Andrew Davis and Alison Mitham through emails, for the gifts they received from our church to thank them for their service to us over the years.

An application for works  to improve access to the upper stages of the church tower has been approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee. Further details can be found on the church noticeboard or in the church porch.
Petitioners: Vicar and Churchwardens

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