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.

NEWS:  It was announced on Sunday 26th April 2015 at the 9.30 service that Jo, our Vicar for the last nine years, has been appointed to a new post.  She is to become Canon Precentor at Portsmouth Cathedral.  She will take up her new duties in September and her last Sunday in the parish here will be Sunday 9th August, our Patronal Festival.

For the most up-to-date information please look at our weekly leaflet which can be found by clicking on the date 28th June - (Peter and Paul).

Building work for an Extension to St Lawrence including proper disabled access to the church; a flexible meeting and social space; a kitchen; and accessible toilet facilities has now begun - please go to our Extension Project page to find out more.  STOP PRESS:  Jo (Vicar), David (Curate) and Claire (Treasurer) are doing a tandem sky dive on 29th July to raise funds for the extension - please sponsor them at:  jospreadbury or davidwarner or clairestephenson.

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.

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

Many thanks to all those who supported the Church Fete in the Vicarage Garden last Saturday.  A great time was had by all on a lovely summer's afternoon and around £2,000 was raised for two local charities:  New Hope (helping the homeless in Watford) and the Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy (offering support and a listening ear to businesses and institutions) ...

The Abbots Langley Orchestra has its Summer Afternoon Concert, with strawberries and cream, in St Lawrence Church on Sunday 5th July at 3.00 pm ...

Exciting news about our plans to build an extension on the north side of St Lawrence Church ...

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Monday 29th June

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice

Tuesday 30th June

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 pm  Dynamite (youth group)

Wednesday 1st July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.00 am  Coffee Morning at Bedmond

10.15 am  Holy Communion

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Thursday 2nd July

8.15 am  Prayers for the local community

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.00 pm  Wedding rehearsal

Friday 3rd July - St Thomas the Apostle

9.30 am  Holy Communion

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hall

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice

Saturday 4th July

9.30 am  Churchyard Working Party

2.00 pm  Wedding of Philip Meldon and Amy Johnson

6.00 pm  Con-fusion concert in The Abbots House Barn in aid of the Organ Restoration Appeal

Sunday 5th July - the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers

11.00 am  Holy Communion at Bedmond

3.00 pm  Abbots Langley Orchestra Concert in St Lawrence

5.00 pm  First Communion Preparation Group

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer

Monday 6th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice

Tuesday 7th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Abbots Langley Good Neighbours Association AGM in the Methodist hall

7.45 pm  Dynamite (youth group)

Wednesday 8th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Corporate Communion for the Mothers' Union

10.45 am  Mothers' Union Coffee and Catch-up

1.40 pm  Funeral of Selina Summers at the Crematorium

3.30 pm  Messy Church at the Methodist Church

6.30 pm  Wedding rehearsal