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Sunday, January 13, 2008
- St. Laurence Episcopal Church, Conifer, Colorado 80433 USA
Web Page Last Updated on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
- "All find a
- regardless of Physical
Abilities, Economic Situation, Race, Gender, or
- Shown here with the olive branch of peace, and the gridiron on which he was martyred
In the name of Christ-
St. Laurence is a community of Anglican
worship and education.
We are a sanctuary for all who seek
We are stewards of God's gifts.
We actively serve those in need.
We work for justice and peace among all
people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
All find a welcome.
To learn more about us,
click one of the images or links below!
- Click on the church to read about our history.
- Click here to read about our patron saint.
- If you would like to visit, here is a map to the church.
- Services are held each Sunday at 8 and 10:15 AM. All are welcome!
- One of our most important ministries is
Outreach, helping the people of our community who need assistance and
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|Welcome to the St. Laurence. We appreciate
your visit to this Web site, and hope you'll visit us in person very soon.
We hold services
each Sunday at 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM. All Baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy
Communion. Adult education is held at 9:00 AM.
Click here for information about the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado.
There are a number of Anglican related Web pages available, including an
on-line version of the
Episcopalian Magazine, CS Lewis information,
and others. Take some time to browse these interesting areas.
Our Church is a wonderful place for families and
singles, young and old, female and male, to worship and fellowship. We have a very diverse
and loving church family that spans four generations of members. One way we hope to share
this is through the Internet, and specifically, the Web, for anyone looking for a church
home. If you are just passing through, recently moved to the area, or are a long time
resident, drop in and look us over. We're sure you'll
find what you are looking for.
Laurence; Deacon and
Martyr at Rome, 258 A.D.
Laurence the Deacon, one of the most popular saints of the Roman Church,
was martyred during the persecution initiated in 257 by the Emperor Valerian. That
persecution was aimed primarily at the clergy and the laity of the upper classes. All
properties used by the Church were confiscated, and assemblies for Christian worship were
forbidden. On August 4, 258, Pope Sixtus the Second and his seven deacons were apprehended
in the Roman catacombs. They were summarily executed, except for the archdeacon, Laurence,
who was martyred on the tenth.
Though no authentic "Acts" of Laurence ordeal have been
preserved, the tradition is that the prefect demanded information from him about the
Church's treasures. Laurence, in reply, assembled the sick and poor to whom, as
archdeacon, he had distributed the Church's relief funds, and presented them to the
prefect, saying, "These are the treasures of the Church." Laurence is believed
to have been roasted alive on a gridiron.
The Emperor Constantine erected a shrine and basilica over Laurence's
tomb, which is in a catacomb on the Via Tiburtina. The present Church, St. Laurence
Outside the Walls, dates to 579.
The Greek word from which we get our word "martyr" simply
means "witness" - but in the age of persecutions, before Constantine recognized
the Church early in the fourth century, a "martyr" was generally one who had
witnessed even to death. For Laurence, as for all martyrs, to die for Christ was to live
St. Laurence had its first meeting on November
28, 1977. But it wasn't called St. Laurence then, and we didn't meet in a church
building! For more information, click here for the whole story
of St. Laurence.
||Our youth programs range from nursery care and
Sunday school during the Eucharist, through high school
activities. During the summer, we sponsor a Vacation Bible School, attended by children
from throughout our community. The youth also participate in skiing, camping, bike rides,
and other outdoor activities. We encourage our youth to get involved in community
activities, such as preparation and delivery of Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.