Services in Church - updated 6th January 2021 
Now that we are in full national lockdown again, we have taken the decision not to continue with services here for the time being. This was not an easy decision to make, but it would appear that Downton and Morgan's Vale are currently a Covid-19 hotspot. So this would seem a sensible precaution. This means that there will be no service at St Laurence on Sunday and until further notice. A similar decision has been made across our Team. This is in line with permission given by Bishop Nicholas.  
We will continue to record services for each Sunday, which will be available  
here on the website. See below for details. 
We will continue, though, with Private Prayer in Church on a Wednesday morning  
at least for the time being.  
Please see our Latest News page for other information on how  
we are responding to the Coronavirus situation. 
Service for Sunday 17th January 2021 
Our recorded service for this Sunday is a service of readings,  
prayers, reflection and music.  
There is an order of service available to view online or download if you wish  
to join in with the prayers and responses. 
Compline (Night Prayer) 
Compline is a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.  
There is now a recorded service of compline available, and the order of service can be downloaded or viewed online if you wish to join in with the prayers and responses, or prefer just to use the service on your own. 
Previous services still available online: 
Our recorded services include readings, prayers, a reflection and music. For most of them there is an order of service available to view online or download if you wish to join in with the prayers and responses. 
See our archive page for recordings of earlier services. 
Usual pattern of services (we will resume this as soon as we are able) 
8.00am - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays: Holy Communion - Book of Common Prayer * 
10.00 am 1st Sunday: Morning Prayer with Hymns *** 
10.00 am 2nd & 4th Sundays: Holy Communion with Hymns and Psalm ** 
10.00 am 3rd Sunday: Church for Everyone ** 
5th Sunday - Downton Churches Together united service. See below or in the Parish Magazine for details of these services. 
We invite you to join us for coffee and biscuits after the 10am services. On 3rd Sundays coffee is served before the service, from 9.45am, as well as after the service. 
There will be a Holy Communion service held every Sunday in at least one church in the Team. 
If you would like Communion in your own home please contact the Team Rector, Revd Frank Gimson, or please complete our on-line contact form.  
Which Service for you? 
Our 8.00 am service is always *Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer (the traditional 1662 prayer book). It is a quiet service without music. 
At 10.00 am on the third Sunday of the month we have an Cafe-style **Church for Everyone. This is informal, of special interest to families and takes place at the back of church. 
On the other Sundays of the month (except 5th Sundays) the 10.00 am service is either **Holy Communion, from Common Worship, or *** Morning Prayer. 
** Holy Communion, known also as ‘The Eucharist’, ‘The Lord’s Supper’ or ‘Mass’ is a service of readings and prayers that lead up to a symbolic sharing of bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper. 
In addition Holy Communion from Common Worship includes hymns and some sung responses. All services include a sermon or talk or other narrative lasting between 5 and 15 minutes.  
*** Morning Prayer, at 10am on the 1st Sunday of the month, is a straightforward, 
easy to follow service lasting about 45min. The form of the service follows Common Worship and includes hymns and a sermon.  
It may be led by a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) 
A Summer Rota operates in August: - 
Only one Holy Communion service each Sunday at either 8am or 10am. 
Our church is open daily, during daylight hours, for private prayer.  
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