St Laurence - East View


You may have seen on social media that someone is creating email accounts in the name of Vicars and then using them to contact members of their congregation - it is thought that they are lifting email addresses from the Church websites. Recently, in a deanery parish a number of people received a message allegedly from their Vicar asking them if they would make contact about a "delicate issue" but not to phone as the Vicar was in a prayer meeting. It seems that anyone who replies directly to the email will then be asked to hand over cash or vouchers.  Thankfully one of the churchwardens checked with the Vicar (by phone) as soon as he received it and the Vicar has  been able to warn everyone else. However, as this thing is now rife it might be worth being careful about responding to any suspicious messages purporting to come from the Vicar.

If you receive one of these emails please let Fr Rodney or one of the churchwardens know BY PHONE.  Do NOT reply to the email.

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 Church has Reopened

We ask those who want to enter the church building for private prayer to observe the following protocols for the good of all:

1.      The Church will be open every day from 2.30pm. to 5.30pm.

2.      Please use only the areas of the church not cordoned off by tape.

3.      Please ensure to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the church.

4.      The toilet will be locked and out of use.

5.      The lighting of votive candles will not be allowed.

6.      No Prayer Books and Bibles in the Church are to be used. Please bring your own Prayer Books and Bibles if you would like to use them.

7.      Please ensure that you thoroughly clean and sanitise the area on the pew or chair you use if you choose to sit down. Anti- bacterial wipes will be provided. Please put them in the bin provided when you have used them.

8.      If there are other people in the church as well, please ensure that you keep to the required social distance of 2 metres.

9.      The Holy Water Stoup at the entrance to the church is empty.

10.    In case of an emergency, please follow the emergency exit signs. If there is more than one person in the building, please leave one by one, avoiding bottlenecks.

11.    The church will be regularly sanitised and cleaned during periods when it is locked.

Thank you for your co-operation in all of this. It is good to be able to enter the church again, at least for private prayers.

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

  • Vicar

    Rev Rodney Dreyer
    01580 754459

  • Churchwarden

    Alison Jones
    01580 755705

  • Churchwarden

    Liz Hatcher
    01580 712099

Sunday 2nd August at 10am

Zoom details for the service:

Meeting ID: 811 9629 5596

Password: 297900
If you would like to join us, we are saying Matins on Sunday mornings in the church at 9am until the 9th August  when we will gather again for the 8am and 10am Eucharists respectively. 

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