The Parish of Abbots Langley

St Lawrence Churchyard

A LIVING CHURCHYARD

We want our churchyard to be a 'living churchyard'.  This doesn't mean that we just let it grow wild - each area is properly managed to encourage different flowers, butterflies, moths and birds.

Some areas of grass are not mown during the summer months - this has enabled a Pyramidal orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis and various wild flowers to grow for the last few years.  This also allows caterpillars that feed on the wildflowers and grasses time to pupate.  In this way we are trying to conserve and encourage as diverse a range of wildflowers as possible.

There are over one hundred species of wild flowers living here, not to mention grasses, trees, lichens, mosses, fungi and all the living creatures that depend on them.  This diversity of wildlife is possible because of the history of the churchyard - it has not been cultivated nor has it been sprayed with herbicides or fertilisers.  The church walls and headstones provide the conditions needed by slow-growing lichens, many of which are only found in churchyards in this part of the country.

It is not a nature reserve - we aim to achieve a balance between conserving wildlife and maintaining the churchyard as a fit setting for the church.  If you would like to help us maintain the churchyard, a working party meets regularly each month, usually on the 1st Saturday of the month, from 9.30 am onwards, with a break around 11.00 am for some refreshment.  The date of the next working party is usually advertised in the noticeboard alongside the footpath to the north of the church.

If you visit please look around and let us know if you see anything unusual or interesting.  We would also welcome any comments, questions or suggestions.

Please click on the appropriate word below to see lists of what has been seen in the churchyard.

 

PLANT NAMES

BIRDS

BUTTERFLIES

MOTHS

LICHENS

 

See the churchyards pamphlet produced by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

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Monday 25th October

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

Due to half term and the Clergy being away,  please go to the link below for Morning Prayer.

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer/daily-prayer-app-and-podcast

 

No Tiny Tots due to half term

 

7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice

 

8.00pm Zoom Bible Study - contact the parish office for the codes

 

 

Tuesday 26th October

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

Due to half term and the Clergy being away,  please go to the link below for Morning Prayer.

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer/daily-prayer-app-and-podcast

 

Wednesday 27th October

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

Due to half term and the Clergy being away,  please go to the link below for Morning Prayer.

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer/daily-prayer-app-and-podcast

 

11.15am ‘Time for God’ Contemplative Prayer In the Corpus Christi Chapel

12 noon Eucharist In the Corpus Christi Chapel

 

8pm Choir Rehearsal

 

Thursday 28th October

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

Due to half term and the Clergy being away,  please go to the link below for Morning Prayer.

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer/daily-prayer-app-and-podcast

 

Friday 29th October

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

Due to half term and the Clergy being away,  please go to the link below for Morning Prayer.

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer/daily-prayer-app-and-podcast

 

 

No Youth Choir Rehearsal due to half term

 

Saturday 30th October

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

Due to half term and the Clergy being away,  please go to the link below for Morning Prayer.

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer/daily-prayer-app-and-podcast

 

6.00pm Bell Ringers ring out for Climate Change

 

Sunday 31st October - All Saints Day

All Saints Day

The church is open for private prayer 

8am: Eucharist at St. Lawrence

9.30am Eucharist at St Lawrence

11.15am Eucharist at the Tin Church, Bedmond

11.30am Christening of Arthur and Oliver Smith

5pm: Evening Prayer (BCP)

6.30pm Taize Service