In addition to use as a place of worship by its congregation, St Laurence's serves the wider community in a number of ways. These include:
Baptisms, marriages and funerals for many people, some from Ludlow, some from further afield. The church is often full for occasions of special significance, such as the memorial service for a Lord Lieutenant in 1996.
A wide range of civic and community services. These include annual events such as St George's Day, Mayor's Sunday and Remembrance Day and also special occasions such as the annual service of the Chairman of Shropshire County Council, held at Ludlow in 1996
Events of the annual Ludlow Festival. These include opera, orchestral and chamber music, jazz concerts and comedy shows. Leading orchestras have included the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Hallé; while Humphrey Lyttleton gave jazz concerts in 1973 and 1978.
Cultural events at other times of year, such as organ recitals and performances by the Ludlow Choral Society. A highlight of national significance in 1996 was the visit of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of A Shropshire Lad.
Its attraction for visitors to Ludlow who are welcomed and helped by voluntary stewards. Many educational groups visit the church, from parties of school children to university classes. The tower provides the finest vantage point in Ludlow and is the town's best known landmark symbol.
The bells and chimes immortalised by AE Housman, and enjoyed by visitors from across the world, as well as being familiar and much loved sounds to Ludlow residents.