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

Prayer for the Nation

Special notice: This Thursday at 6pm. we will join with the rest of the Church and people in the country for Prayer for the Nation as requested by Archbishops Justin and Stephen. It will take the form of Evening Prayer. We will do so every Thursday at 6pm. throughout the lockdown period. The service will last about 30 minutes. Please make every effort to join us. The service for this is attached. The Zoom details for this service are changed. Please do take note of this change. The Zoom meeting details are:


Meeting ID: 824 9935 9763

Passcode: 931862

Click Here for the 19.11.20 - Service Details

Public Worship

Public worship is suspended in churches from Thursday 5th November until at least Wednesday 2nd December. We will, however, be open for private prayer daily from 10am - 4pm.

Because of the coming lockdown, we will, as we did in the previous lockdown, be offering the Sunday service of spiritual communion on Zoom from the Vicarage at 10am.

Please do take note that the details for connecting on the Zoom service for this Sunday's 10am morning service. They are:

Meeting ID: 826 3819 3697
Passcode: 332531

Click Here for the 22.11.2020 Service Details


6.11.2020 - Prayers for lockdown

Daily Prayers for November 2020

On-Line Giving

Please visit our On-line Giving page using the link below, or scanning the QR code on the right :-



We are keeping a very close eye on the cost of running St. Laurence Church during the lockdown and have cut back on all non-essential spending, to minimise the impact on the budget set for the year.

Thank you to everyone who gives to sustain the life, mission and ministry of this church. We are extremely grateful for your support and sacrificial giving to enable church life at St. Laurence to flourish. 

The main things we spend our income on, include:

  • Services and music
  • Children’s Church and other ministries and events
  • Helping children in local schools with their mental health
  • Contribution to the Diocese to cover clergy salaries and other costs
  • Running costs for our buildings
  • Maintaining and enhancing our historic church building and its churchyard
  • Local, UK and overseas charitable and mission giving

We encourage people to pray for the continuing life of the church, and to pray about what to give.  It would be particularly helpful if those who previously have given in cash each Sunday are able to move to online giving.

Please pay by Gift Aid if you can – it results in an extra 25% for church funds at no extra cost to yourself.

Advent at St. Laurence

As many of you will have read in the press, charities and food banks have been finding things very difficult during the pandemic, with a far greater call on their services.

With this in mind, at St.Laurence we will be running 2 different projects to help those in need.

1. The Sightsavers International Advent Giving Tree

will be at the back of the church as usual this advent from Sunday 29th November. If you are visiting the church and would like to make a donation please take an envelope from the table ,place your donation in it and tie it on the tree at the back of the church. Each envelope will be replaced by a star so that by Christmas the tree will be covered.

Sightsavers is a member of Vision 2020 - The Right to Sight. A collaboration of eye agencies committed to eradicating avoidable blindness by the end of 2020.

2.The Reverse Advent Calendars

In order to take part in this project please take a cardboard box and with effect from Friday 19th November place a non perishable food item or an item for the hygiene bank in the box each day so that by Saturday 12th December you have 24 items to donate to the foodbank. We will then collect these boxes at St. Laurence on Sunday 13th and the items will be given to the local foodbank in time for distribution by Christmas. If you would like to you can do this project with a friend donating 12 items each. Please see below a list of items and suggestions for your box.

If you have any queries please ring Alison Jones on 01580 755705. Good luck. Many thanks and please stay safe and well.

Hawkhurst Food For Families

We are delighted to accept donations of the non perishable items below:-

A – Items NEVER supplied from support group funds

B – Items OCCASSIONALLY purchased with funds

C – Items we AIM ALWAYS to have available either purchased or donated.

  • A

    Hot Chocolate powder
    Ketchup / Sauce
    Tinned ham/meat
    Tinned Pies
    Tinned meat :-
    Stewed Steak,
    Chicken in white sauce
    Pasta / Curry sauce jars
    Shower gel / Shampoo
    Chocolate / Sweets
    Christmas Treats

  • B

    Washing Powder
    Cereal Bars (No Nuts)
    Tinned Fruit
    Corned Beef
    Tuna / Tinned Fish
    Instant Noodles
    Chocolate Spread
    Peanut Butter
    Tinned :-
    Macaroni Cheese,
    Hot dog sausages

  • C

    Breakfast Cereal
    Tinned Spaghetti
    Baked Beans
    Rice Pudding
    Paste / Spread
    Jam / Marmalade

Notices : November 2020

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.


An application for works  to improve access to the upper stages of the church tower has been approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee.
Petitioners: Vicar and Churchwardens

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