Diocese of Barbados
St Lawrence Church
St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
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Rector: The Rev Sandra Hazel
Tel: (246) 420-7679

Sunday Services

7.30 am Said Eucharist with Sermon and Hymns
9.30 am Sung Eucharist and Sermon
Sunday School
7.30 am Sunday School

Weekday Services
4.00 pm Sunday School (except 4th Sunday)

Tuesday:  7.00 am Said Eucharist

Wednesday:  7.30 pm Prayer and Praise
Thursdays (2nd & 4th): 7.00 pm Bible Study


Before 1837 the people of Bath Village and the area now known as St Lawrence attended services at Christ Church, or journeyed to St Michael's Cathedral in Bridgetown.  The Churches of St. Matthias and St David had not yet been built.  In those days the only means of transport was by animal drawn vehicles of various sorts.  If you had no conveyance you walked.

Christ Church was destroyed by the great hurricane of 1831, and later rebuilt.  At that time, however, it was decided to build a chapel/school to serve Bath Village, mainly a fishing community, and the adjoining settlements, and in 1837, on a piece of land given by Mr Edward Grogan, a small building was erected and dedicated to Saint Lawrence.

The size of the original building is reported in The Barbadian of Wednesday, 20th January, 1838 as being 50 x 25 feet and the cost being 550 pounds sterling.  Of this sum, 375 pounds were sent from London by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 45 pounds were given by the Reverend Cleaver of England and the balance was raised by local subscription.  The newspaper reported that nearly two-thirds of the building has been appropriated for a school by a light and handsome cedar screen.

The Church was consecrated by Bishop William Hart Coleridge on November 5, 1839

In 1924 the building was enlarged by the addition of the Chancel, and in 1939-1940.the Vestry and Organ Chamber were added.  Further expansion took place in 1976 when a Church Hall was added to the building.

From the very early days, St. Lawrence was under the care of St. Matthias Church, Hastings, but between 1852 and 1908 was attached to St. David's Church thereafter reverting to St. Matthias.

In 1973, St. Lawrence was made a full Ecclesiastical Parish.

Mothers' Union
Prayer Group
Sunday School
Youth Group
Mrs. Elaine Holmes
Ms Kathleen Callender
Ms Joan Murrell
Mr Sheldon Layne

 Last Modified: 26 September,2013