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St. Lawrence Church, Barlow

Welcome to our church website

Barlow Church is open again for weekly Sunday worship and for special events and services including baptisms weddings and funerals.
You are invited to join us for worship in our beautiful little church-- no booking is required and you will receive a warm welcome.
Now that COVID restrictions have been eased we can sing hymns again in church but please bring a facemask as we are still wearing these indoors: it is a small church and we want to continue to care for one another.

Coronavirus Updates - effective from August 2021


We are still continuing to receive communion in only one kind and the priest distributes the bread from the chancel steps.

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


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.


We are now able to sing indoors - with facemasks on - and are doing so for a limited number of hymns each week, very joyfully!
At Easter we started to move outside to sing the last hymn and that worked well so we will continue this as long as good weather holds.

Other resources:

See our dedicated Coronavirus web page for details of recordings of Sunday Services from the Joint Benefice. A range of prayer and worship resources for daily use can be found on the Church of England here.

The Vicar and Churchwardens will continue to review the risk assessment at regular intervals and report back to the PCC.

2021 Flower Festival - with the theme "We've done it before!"

Held co-incident with the Barlow Well Dressings 2021

St. Lawrence Flower Festival was held for a week commencing Tuesday 17th August.

The church had a fabulous display of flowers with the theme based on a range of  the best of the last 40+ years of displays by our talented flower arrangers. View a slide show of the wells, church and flower displays below:- (remember to switch YouTube to Full Screen and High Definition).

Advent Compline Services Poster

Barlow Christmas EventsCalendar

See our Services page for larger calendar and detail

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

Our Vicar, Rev'd Sarah Colver, our Associate Priest, Revd. Janet Quick, Curate, Gill Ball and Churchwardens, John Rushby and Pete Gouldthorpe, 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

You'll have seen from above that our Flower Festival ran again in 2021 and the Well Dressings also staged a welcome return, 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.

If you'd like a flavour of pre-pandemic flower festival and Well Dressings, please follow the links below:
(our Flower Festival Theme for 2019 was "From John O'Groats to Landsend" - please go to our photo sequences page  to view the 2019 wells and flower festival).

Previous years' Well Dressings

2017 Barlow Wells

View a YouTube Photo Sequence - 2017 Wells and Flower Festival.

2016 Well

2016 well dressings can be viewed here (remember to step the YouTube resolution up to 1080p). A photo sequence of the St Lawrence Flower Festival can be viewed here.

2015 wellView a YouTube slide sequence of the 2015 wells and Church flower festival here. Remember to change the Youtube settings to 1080p HD and view Full Screen for best quality.

2014 wellYouTube Photo sequence of 2014 Flower Festival.


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.