Welcome to our Parish

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Welcome to the website of the Parish of Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire.

Here you will be able to find something about the worship, activities, purpose, and the history of the Anglican Church in the Parish of Abbots Langley, which is part of the Diocese of St Albans within the Church of England.

For the most up-to-date information please look at our weekly leaflet which can be found by clicking on the date 16th November - (the Second Sunday before Advent).

We launched an appeal for our Organ Restoration Fund recently - you can find out more by clicking here.

Don't fancy making your own Christmas pudding - why not buy a St Lawrence one and support the church in the process?  More details here (you will have to scroll down the page) and an order form here.

The Annual Report is available to download from here - or you can pick up a paper copy in either church or ask for a paper copy to be posted to you if you leave your details on the Contact page.

About our Parish

We have two church buildings - St Lawrence Church in Abbots Langley and the Church of the Ascension ('The Tin Church') in Bedmond, and we are part of the Deanery of Watford.  We are also members of Churches Together in Abbots Langley, along with the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Church (St Saviour's) and another Anglican Church (St Paul's, Langleybury).  We work well together, including worshipping together, especially at Festival times, and we organise various social events together.

There has been a church in Abbots Langley for over 850 years and in Bedmond for 130 years.  We try to combine a sense of tradition with witnessing to the dynamic presence of God in his world today, and serving the communities of which we are a part.  We are an inclusive church and are pleased to offer hospitality to everyone.

The two separate communities of Abbots Langley and Bedmond both have a good feel about them.  The total population of the parish is about 14,000: at one end it merges into Watford and at the other into open farmland.  You don't have to be in the area long to realise that it is the goodwill and community spirit which makes both villages good places in which to live, work and worship.

We are a Fairtrade parish and try to buy and to use fairly-traded goods whenever we can, and to encourage parishioners to do the same.

Please pray for the parish: give thanks for all that it offers; remember the churches, schools, shops and businesses, and especially pray for the people.

Stay and browse this website and get the feel of the life of our churches, what we do and why we do it - and we hope that one day we shall find you here with us to share our worship and our life.

St Lawrence Church is open seven days a week, from 10.00 am to 5.15 pm on Monday to Saturday and between services on Sundays.  Bedmond Church is unfortunately kept locked most of the time but you can arrange to meet someone there if you would like to go into it - please make contact via the contact us page.

HOW TO FIND US:  the postcode for St Lawrence is WD5 0AS and the church hall is in the car park behind the church; the postcode for the Church of the Ascension is WD5 0RT, with a field for parking behind the church using the same entrance as that for the house, Beulah in Sergehill Lane.

If you are in Abbots Langley on a Tuesday morning, pop in to St Lawrence for a Fairtrade cup of coffee, tea or chocolate and a biscuit between 10.15 am and 12.15 pm - or if you are in Bedmond on the first Wednesday of the month, pop into Bedmond Church between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon - you will be made most welcome!

Latest Parish News

If you don't make your own, why not buy one and support the church at the same time?  And not just 'plum' puddings but a choice ...

St Lawrence Church Organ is in need of restoration having been in the church for over 40 years - please see the Parish News page for further information ...

The Church Christmas cards have been printed and packed and are now available for sale - a pack of 10 cards is £4.95.  They show a detail from the window above the font in St Lawrence Church and are available from the Church Office ...

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Monday 17th November

General Synod meets in London

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

12.00 noon  Bell tolls on the 100th anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Edward Wynne Chapman

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Ringing practice

Tuesday 18th November

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.30 pm  Handbell ringing practice

7.45 pm  Dynamite (youth group)

8.00 pm  Mothers' Union meets at Bedmond

Wednesday 19th November

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

11.00 am  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

8.00 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Vicarage

Thursday 20th November

8.15 am  Prayers for the local community

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Friday 21st November

9.30 am  Holy Communion with Morning Prayer

10.00 am  HAL Coffee in the Henderson Hall

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice

Saturday 22nd November

11.30 am  Burial of ashes of Oswald Kennedy

Sunday 23rd November - Christ the King

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer

Monday 24th November

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Ringing practice

8.00 pm  Communications Team meets at 40 Kindersley Way

Tuesday 25th November

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

12.40 pm  Funeral of Joan Flowers at the Crematorium

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 pm  Dynamite (youth group)

Wednesday 26th November

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

11.30 am  Funeral of Mary Hunt in St Lawrence

2.45 pm  Home Communion at Margaret House

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

8.00 pm  Social Committee meets at 2 Mainspring