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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.

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.

Further details of the arrangements for the vacancy will be announced at the APCM on Tuesday, and we will keep you all informed.

We wish Jo and Kit every happiness at Portsmouth Cathedral.

For the most up-to-date information please look at our weekly leaflet which can be found by clicking on the date 26th April - (The Fourth Sunday of Easter).

The ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING followed by the ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING will take place on Tuesday 28th April at 8.00 pm in the Church Hall.  The Annual Report for 2014 can be found here; the full Accounts to 31st December 2014 can be found here; a simplified version of the Accounts see here; and for the Hall Accounts see here.

We launched an appeal for our Organ Restoration Fund recently - you can find out more by clicking here.  We are now proud to present our inaugural Spring Concert Series, the proceeds of which will go to the Organ Restoration Appeal. Click here for further details.

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

The Annual Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Tuesday 28th April at 8.00 pm following Holy Communion at 7.15 am.    The Vestry meeting is responsible for electing the Churchwardens.  The APCM is responsible for electing members of the PCC, for accepting the audited Accounts to 31st December 2014; for taking a look back at 2014 and a look ahead to the rest of 2015 ...

Come to the Methodist Church Hall on Thursday 30th April at 7.45 pm and quiz your local candidates ...

Come and hear the Dawn Chorus in the churchyard on Saturday 2nd May at 5.00 am.  An expert will help you to identify the birds from their songs.  The walk around the churchyard lasts about an hour followed by refreshments in the hall ...

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Monday 27th April

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

12.00 noon  100 bell tolls for Charles England

12.00 noon  Funeral of Alan Dicker in Bedmond Church followed by cremation

3.30 pm  Pastoral Assistants' meeting in the Vicarage

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Bell ringing practice

Tuesday 28th April

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.15 pm  Holy Communion for the guidance of the Holy Spirit

8.00 pm  Annual Vestry Meeting followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting - Speaker:  Ms Emma Woollon, Head Teacher at Bedmond Primary School

Wednesday 29th April

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

10.30 am  Carers' Network meets in the Methodist Hall

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Thursday 30th April

8.15 am  Prayers for the local community

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 pm  General Election Hustings in the Methodist Church hall arranged by Churches Together in Abbots Langley

Friday 1st May - Ss Philip & James, Apostles

9.30 am  Holy Communion with Morning Prayer

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hall

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice