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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 September - (Holy Cross Day).

The Annual Report is available to download from here - or you can pick up a paper copy in either church or ask for a paper copy to be posted to you if you leave your details on the Contact page.

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

A bell will be tolled 100 times, usually at noon, on the anniversary of the death of all local soldiers who fell in the First World War.  The first one is on Saturday 20th September (Lewis Plummer), the second and third on Monday 22nd September (John William Mills and Henry Frank Neary) and the fourth on Wednesday 24th September (Thomas Ashby) ...

The Season begins with 'Back to Church Sunday' - 28th September: if you haven't been to church for sometime and have been thinking about coming back then this is the Sunday to do it!  Services at St Lawrence are at 8.00 am (a reflective Communion service without music), 9.30 am (Parish Communion with hymns and choir, and Sunday School for the 3 to 10 year olds in the church hall), and 6.30 pm (said Evening Prayer) - you will be welcome and any of them - or come on another Sunday if 28th is not possible for you ...

This Saturday, 20th September, in the Henderson Hall from 10.30 am - come and support the Community Market ...

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Monday 8th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Bell ringing practice

Tuesday 9th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Wednesday 10th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion including Corporate Communion for the Mothers' Union

10.45 am  Mothers' Union - a talk on the recent trip to Malawi

12.15 pm  Funeral of Tom Donkin in St Lawrence followed by cremation

3.30 pm  Messy Church in the Methodist Church

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.00 pm  Wedding rehearsal

7.00 for 7.30 pm  Friends of St Lawrence Chinese Night at Pin Wei

Thursday 11th September

8.15 am  Prayers for the local community

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.30 am  Home Communion at Hanover Gardens

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Friday 12th September

9.30 am  Holy Communion with Morning Prayer

10.00 am  HAL Coffee in the Henderson Hall

2.00 pm  Wedding of Michael Blake and Kate Barnes

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice

Saturday 13th September

10.00 am  Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust Bike 'n' Hike

Sunday 14th September - Holy Cross Day

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Second Sunday Service - worship altogether

6.30 pm  Evening Communion

Monday 15th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Bell ringing practice

8.00 pm  Property Committee

Tuesday 16th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 pm  Dynamite (youth group) restarts in the church hall

8.00 pm  Mothers' Union evening meeting - a talk on Malawi

Wednesday 17th September

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

11.00 am  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

8.00 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Vicarage