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 14th December - (The Third Sunday of Advent).

Christmas is coming - you may already want to know the times of our services, if so please click here; this includes the services for Advent too.

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

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

The Friends of St Lawrence are selling a Christmas Quiz - cost £1 per sheet - with proceeds to the Friends - available from the Church Office ...

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; village calendars for 2015 are also available at a cost of £5 each - they make wonderful Christmas presents! both cards and calendars are available from the Church Office ...

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Monday 15th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

11.30 am  Funeral of baby Lucy Oliver at North Watford Cemetery

12.00 noon  Tiny Tots Christmas Service with picnic (BYO)

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.00 pm  Carol Singing at Margaret House

7.30 pm  Ringing practice

Tuesday 16th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

10.30 am  Pumpkins Christmas Service in St Lawrence

1.00 pm  Funeral of Keith Seabrook in St Lawrence followed by cremation

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.30 pm  Handbell ringing practice

8.00 pm  Funraising Committee meeting in the Vicarage

Wednesday 17th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

11.00 am  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

2.30 pm  Carol Singing at Tannerswood Court

2.45 pm  Home Communion at Margaret House

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.00 pm  Abbots Langley School Christmas Concert in St Lawrence

Thursday 18th December

8.15 am  Prayers for the local community

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.30 am  Home Communion at Hanover Gardens

11.00 am  Bedmond School Christmas Service in Bedmond Church

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.00 pm  Service at Hewlitt

7.30 pm  Housegroup at 6 Kindersley Way

Friday 19th December

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

7.30 pm  CTAL Carol Singing at The Kings Head, Hunton Bridge

8.15 pm  CTAL Carol Singing at The Swan, College Road

9.00 pm  CTAL Carol Singing at The Bell, Bedmond

Sunday 21st December - The Fourth Sunday of Advent

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers

12.30 pm  Burial of Ashes of Norman Finch

12.30 pm  Sunday Lunch Club Christmas Lunch

4.00 pm  Bedmond Carol Service

6.30 pm  Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Monday 22nd December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.30 am  Funeral of Valerie Wagnall in St Lawrence followed by burial

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Ringing practice

Tuesday 23rd December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.00 am  Christmas flower arranging

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Wednesday 24th December - Christmas Eve

1.30 pm  Children's Candlelight Service with donkey

2.30 pm  Children's Candlelight Service with donkey

3.30 pm  Children's Candlelight Service with donkey

4.30 pm  Children's Candlelight Service with donkey

6.00 pm  Children's Candlelight Service with donkey

12.45 pm  Midnight Mass at St Lawrence

12.45 pm  Midnight Mass at Bedmond

Thursday 25th December - Christmas Day

8.00 am  Holy Communion with carols

9.30 am  Christmas Family Communion

11.00 am  Christmas Family Communion at Bedmond