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St. Lawrence Church, Barlow

Welcome to our church website

We are glad that you have found us and hope that you will also be able to visit our beautiful Grade II* listed church building.
You are warmly invited to join us for worship on Sundays or to join one of the groups that meet on weekdays.

Continuing Coronavirus P​recautions

We ask that everyone continues to show care and respect for others by recognising that people have varying levels of anxiety about COVID. Facemasks are no longer mandatory indoors so you may prefer not to wear one, but some of our congregation are choosing to continue to do so and the clergy will always wear masks when administering the sacrament. Communion in both kinds (the bread and wine) is now being offered but please be reassured that it is sufficient to receive just the bread if that is your preference.

The Vicar and Churchwardens will continue keep our current practice under review and will discuss regularly with the Parochial Church Council..

Sunday Worship

Every Sunday morning we meet for Mass at 11am - a service with hymns, readings, prayers, and we share in Holy Communion together. Our worship style is traditional and reverent (thanks to our Anglo-Catholic roots) but also relaxed and friendly- everyone is welcome, so feel free to join us. On the 2nd Sunday of the month there is a quieter said Mass at 8am, followed by a 'Family Mass' at 11am with members of the congregation of all ages taking a bigger part in the leading of the service.


See our Services page for larger calendar and detail

Songs of Love & Connection: a concert by Albion

David MegginsonThank you to everyone who supported the concert on 17th July in memory of David Megginson.

Barlow Open Gardens

A huge thank you to all those who opened their beautiful gardens or who helped in any way to make the Open Gardens such a success, especially Hazel who coordinated the event.
We raised well over £3k for church funds which is a wonderful result and greatly appreciated.

A prayer for peace 

O God, who would fold both heaven and earth in a single peace:
let the design of thy great love
lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows:
and give peace to thy Church,
peace among nations,
peace in our dwellings,
and peace in our hearts:
through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Serving the communities in the parish of Great Barlow near Chesterfield in Derbyshire

Our Vicar, Revd Sarah Colver, our Associate Priest, Revd Janet Quick, Curate, Revd Gill Ball and Churchwardens Pete Gouldthorpe and Julie West, are delighted to welcome you to these pages. Better still, come in person to enjoy the beauty and history of Barlow Church and join us for a service. We hope you find something of interest here, and if you would like more information, please click on the 'contact' link on the menu above.

The Vicar of St. Lawrence's has the further roles of the Vicar of The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Old Brampton (joint benefice with Great Barlow) and Priest-in-charge of Loundsley Green Church, Chesterfield an LEP with the Loundsley Green Methodist Church. The Joint Benefice is in the Chesterfield North Churches which includes St John's, Newbold, St Bartholomew's, Old Whittington and St Barnabas', New Whittington.

Annual Barlow Well Dressing & Flower Festival

will take place on Weds 17 August.

  • 7am Well Dresser's Mass
  • 6.30pm Blessing of the Wells Service followed by Procession

In times past, well dressers would stay up all night decorating the wells and then come to church for Mass before going home to rest. The dressers still get up very early that morning to add the finishing touches to their wells and so we gladly continue the tradition of the early morning service - followed by a well earned cuppa. Later in the day we hold the Blessing of the Wells Service in church followed by the Procession and Blessings through the village - a very special event in the village church calendar.
Everyone is welcome to join us for either of these services and to join the procession.

Barlow Church Flower Festival 2022

The wonderful Flower Festival also starts on Weds 17 August and runs up and including until the following Monday, 21 August.
Further details of opening times and refreshments to follow soon.
Thank you as always to Helen and Sue, who spend hours planning, preparing and arranging the flowers for our annual celebration..

Our Flower Festival theme for 2021 was "We've done it before" and the theme for 2019 was "From John O'Groats to Landsend" - please go to our photo sequences page  to view the both 2021 and 2019 wells and flower festival. If you'd like a flavour of earlier flower festivals and Well Dressings, please follow the links on that page.

Where are we ?

"53 degrees 16 minutes North and 1 degree 29 minutes West"
Hackney Lane, Barlow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire,
S18 7TR
Find Us on Google Maps.
Walkers - OS Map Ref.: SK3474.
Barlow Church is part of the Diocese of Derby and both are part of the Church of England.

Barlow C of E School

A brief introduction to our close links with Barlow Church of England Primary School can be found here.


Please see our Calendar - normally includes:
- Lent Breakfasts
- Open Gardens
- Well Dressing Week and
- Flower Festival
- Christmas Carol Extravaganza

Further details for major events will be highlighted here.


Barlow C. of E. School
Barlow Well Dressings Website
Barlow Village Website
Old Brampton Church Website
Arpillera from Peru


Policies Daily Prayer Bible Search Access

The united benefice of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Old Brampton and St Lawrence' Church, Barlow have common policies regarding Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Baptism, etc. and are available for download on the Web Administration page.


The safeguarding officer for St. Lawrence is Maria Barnes and the dedicated contact number is 07716 129311. Our Safeguarding  Policy is available for download here. The Derby Diocesan Website has a "Safeguarding" section here. The National Parish Safeguarding Handbook is available for download here.