St Laurence’s Church
St Laurence Church has stood at the centre of the village of Foxton for the past 1000 years and is still attended today by a small but active congregation of worshippers.
About St Laurence's
We currently have three services each month and a fourth, on alternate months. These include two Communion Services and an All Age Service. Families are welcomed and children are regularly involved in our All Age Worship, and activities are provided for them (as with all the Churches) during joint Benefice Four Churches services.
There are strong links with Foxton Primary School, and the Rector is regularly invited to lead assemblies. Occasional school services (such as Harvest Festival, Carol Service and even mock weddings and baptisms!) are held in the church for the children and their parents.
There are close links with the local Methodist Church, with whom we share All Age Worship on the 2nd Sunday of every month in the Parish Church. In addition, we share services such as Harvest Festival, Christingle, the Carol Service and Women’s World Day of Prayer.
St Laurence Church is a Grade I listed building, and occupies a site to the south of the High Street near the centre of the village. Parts of the building date back to the 13th century, although a church has stood on the site for more than 1000 years. The tower houses 5 bells, which can be rung or chimed, and an electrically driven clock strikes the hours.
The church stands in a regularly maintained graveyard, which is still in use for burials. There is also a designated area for interment of ashes.
Inside the church, the nave has fixed pews for about 150 people, and choir stalls in the chancel for 20. There are sufficient chairs for about an extra 50 seats.
A new kitchen and toilet with disabled access have recently been installed, including a baby changing table. Funds are regularly raised for various work that is needed to maintain and repair the fabric of the Church, by a local secular fundraising group, STREAM (St Laurence Trust for Restoration and Maintenance). See below for further information about STREAM.
A sound system has also recently been installed, funded by gifts from a member of the congregation.
Our greatest challenge in recent years was to replace the lead roof to the nave of the church which cost in the region of £90,000 and came mostly through grant funding and the generosity of local residents. Sadly the church fell victim to lead thieves in 2016 and the lead from both the side aisle roofs has been stolen. These are currently protected by felting but the lead will have to be replaced with another material less attractive to thieves.
Children and Families
There is currently no children’s church at Foxton. However, families are welcome and there is a children’s area in the north aisle where children are provided for during the service.
All Age Worship
Our monthly service for All Ages together is on the second Sunday of the month. The service is planned so that there is something for everyone in the service. The worship is more relaxed and less formal and led by a small group of musicians.
We hold occasional Activity Mornings for children in the Village Hall, most notably on Good Friday where we use a mixture of craft, drama and games to engage with the Easter Story.
Youth – Energise
Our Benefice Youth Group, Energise meets together monthly on the Second Sunday of the month from 6.00pm for food, games and discussion. We currently meet with the young people from the Youth Group at Hinxton, Duxford and Ickleton with our shared Youth Leader alternating venues between Hinxton and Thriplow. We can offer lifts.
A monthly Youth Service held at Stapleford Church with lively music, food and other activities. Lifts available.
STREAM is a Community Trust set up in 1999 as an ongoing campaign to secure the survival of St. Laurence’s Church as part of Foxton’s village heritage. Trustees raise funds to maintain this important Grade 1 listed historical building for present and future Foxton generations.
We do this through regular fund-raising activities, for example a Quiz and Curry evening, an annual Cream Tea afternoon and various other events. Every year we host a Cheese and Wine evening for our highly valued Friends of STREAM members. Anyone can be a Friend of STREAM – email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
St Laurence’s Church will be holding its very successful Scarecrow Festival once again this year on Saturday 12 October, so please come along and join us for some scarecrow fun!
As in previous years, you’ll be able to wander through Foxton village from one scarecrow to another, and join in with the various fundraising activities along the way, together with refreshments such as bacon butties, home-made soup or tea and cakes. Plus, the children’s quiz and ‘Where’s Wally?’ – will you be able to find this special scarecrow, hidden somewhere in the village? The event will finish in the Church from 4.30pm with prize giving and Foxton Singers performing.
Programmes will be available on the day from the Church, the Village Hall and the Village Shop.
We would love any Foxton residents or organisations to make a scarecrow to display anywhere in the village (not necessarily at your house). Please complete the entry form below and return it to Jill (9 Edis Way or email@example.com).
Who to contact
The Team Rector is:
Revd. Angela Melaniphy, The Rectory, Fowlmere, SG8 7SU
Telephone: 01763 208195
The Churchwardens responsible for St Laurence’s are Mrs Jean McCombie, who you can call on 01223 502368 and Mr Jon Cairns, available on 01223 870473 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Foxton Regular Services
Joint service with The Methodists
Alternate months: 9:30 am St Laurence Foxton; 11:00 am St Mary's Fowlmere. For more details check our calendar.
St Laurence's, Foxton
Rotating around the four churches when there is a fifth Sunday in a month, at the usual worship time for each church. For more details check our calendar.
St Mary's, Fowlmere
St Laurence's, Foxton
All Saints, Shepreth