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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, ancient, Grade II* listed church building. You are warmly invited to join us for worship on Sunday mornings or to join one of the groups that meet on weekdays.
The church is also open for private prayer on Thursday mornings from 10am - 12 noon.


are no longer mandatory indoors but we would ask that you do so unless you are exempt.
Our regular Sunday congregation has agreed to keep wearing masks in order to care for and help to keep one another safe.

Social Distancing restrictions

are no longer in place but we would ask that you remain mindful of the needs of those around you who may still be vulnerable - please sit as well spaced as possible.

Currently we are still having only one server/ thurifer on duty each Sunday to reduce the number of people present in the small sanctuary.


We are still continuing to receive communion in one kind only (the bread) which the priest distributes from the chancel steps.
The Vicar and Churchwardens will continue to review the risk assessment at regular intervals and report back to the PCC.

Advent Compline Services Poster

Easter 2022 Services

Palm Sunday 10th April
08:00 Holy Communion
11:00 Family Mass

Monday 11th
19:30 Compline with Address

Maundy Thursday 14th April
19:30 Mass followed by Vigil

Good Friday 15th April
10:00 Family Activities
12 noon Stations of the Cross
14:00 Liturgy of Good Friday

Holy Saturday 16th April
20:00 Easter Vigil

Easter Day 17th April
11:00 Mass for Easter followed by Easter Egg Hunt


See our Services page for larger calendar and detail

Barlow Open Gardens

Planned for Sunday 3rd July, 2022 - yes, return of our popular event!

They were cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 - but please see our "Virtual Open Gardens slideshow" of 2020 gardens on our dedicated web page to give you a flavour of what to expect.

Our beautiful gardens will be on show once again for your enjoyment with some new ones having joined us this year. Come and visit Barlow for a great day out. You may want to stay a while at one of our popular pubs or in the beautiful surroundings of the Camp Site. Our lovely Church that has a fascinating history will be serving delicious homemade cakes and drinks that are too good to miss. There will be 15 gardens.

Songs of Love & Connection

David MegginsonA concert in church celebrating the life of David Megginson at 3 p.m. on Sunday 17th July, 2022

Book your tickets here.

Music composed and sung by Albion choral group.

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

The Well Dressings also staged a welcome return in 2021, following the disappointment of having to cancel 2020 due to the pandemic. It was good to celebrate together the life of the community and the blessings of our natural world.

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.


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.

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.


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.