The Parish of Abbots Langley

Parish News

Our Mission Action Plan (MAP) for 2017-2020 has been written up and approved by the PCC - a copy can be found here.

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In February 2017 we were allocated a £2000 grant by the ABBOTS LANGLEY PARISH COUNCIL towards the maintenance of the churchyard.  This goes towards the upkeep of the mowers and equipment and to pay one person a number of hours throughout the year to try to keep on top of some of the growing season.  Most of the work in the churchyard is done by a small group of volunteers who are always happy to welcome others to join them.  They usually meet on the first Saturday of each month and, depending on the time of year, they mow, strim, weed, sweep leaves, clear litter, have bonfires, etc, all the usual things you would expect to do in your garden throughout the year - albeit probably on a larger scale!  If you would like to join this team please just turn up between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm (coffee break at 11.00) - the remaining dates for 2017 are:  1st April, 6th May, 3rd June, 8th July, 5th August, 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December  - or make contact to find out more.

In March 2017, Three Rivers District Council awarded the PCC a capital grant of £2,000 towards the replacement of two mowers used in the churchyard.  The old tractor mower was 16 years old and beyond economic repair, and last year two of the self-propelled mowers had also become unusable.  We are very grateful for their help.

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Four events have taken place
recently, all of which have raised funds for various causes:  Bedmond Church held a Cream Tea and raised nearly £300 for the village of Kymabai in Kenya; Churches Together held a Safari Supper and raised £435 for the Watford Schools Trust; the Friends of St Lawrence held a Chinese Meal at the Aroma Kitchen and raise £280 for their own funds; and finally, Bedmond Church held a Fete in the Village hall and raised just over £600 for their funds - thank you to all those who supported any or all of these events ...

Tiny Tots at 2.15 pm in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence Church every Monday during term time - for all mums, dads, carers and their pre-school tots - even babies are welcome as it is a chance for adults to talk as well as children to learn by enjoying themselves singng, playing and making things ...

Two courses to 'Go Deeper into God' - part of our Mission Action Plan - have been set up:  on Sunday evenings in the Breakspear Room from 7.30 to 9.30 pm a Pilgrim Course to explore the basics of our faith; and on Tuesday lunchtimes in the Breakspear Room from 12.30 to 2.30 pm an Open Bible Session to get to know the Bible better by looking at the Sunday readings - anyone is welcome to attend either or both ...

Why not help the environment by buying a canvas bag to help save the environment - and support the Friends of St Lawrence?! Bags are now available from the Church Office at £3 each ...

A time of candlelit contemplativeness, prayer, silence and stillness - every Wednesday morning from 11.00 am; stay for as long as you like for up to an hour ...

Do you enjoy crafts but need the incentive to get on with them?!  Well come along to the Breakspear Room any Friday afternoon between 2.00 and 4.00 pm and join with others while having a chat and a cuppa!  Any craft - sewing, knitting, patchwork, lace making, embroidery, painting, etc - all are welcome.  If you are looking for something to do and can knit, we are knitting bonnets and vests for the children of Malawi ...


The Annual Report for 2016/17 can be found here, and the Annual Accounts to 31st December 2016 here.

The Parish Profile, written in 2015 prior to the appointment of a new Vicar, can be found here.

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The coming week...

Monday 18th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 19th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

12.30 pm  Open Bible Session in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Mothers' Union in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 20th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Quiet Hour in St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Social Committee meets at 7 Fernhills

 

Thursday 21st September

8.15 am  Early Prayer for the Parish and Community in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Friday 22nd September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Craft Session in Bedmond Church

2.00 pm  Craft & Conversation in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

2.15 pm  Funeral of Andrew Dixon in St Lawrence followed by cremation

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

No Youth Choir practice this evening

8.00 pm  Wedding rehearsal in St Lawrence

 

Saturday 23rd September

2.00 pm  Wedding of Jamie Impey and Terri-Louise Carlisle

 

Sunday 24th September - Trinity 15

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Pilgrim Course in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Monday 25th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringers practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 26th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room

12.30 pm  Funeral of Rosemary Robinson in St Lawrence followed by cremation

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 27th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Quiet Hour in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Seekers leaders meeting in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Bereavement Visitors meeting in the Methodist small hall