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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.

NEWS:  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.

For the most up-to-date information please look at our weekly leaflet which can be found by clicking on the date 17th May - (The Seventh Sunday of Easter).

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

Corpus Christi - the Day of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion - is celebrated on Thursday 4th June and as is now our custom we shall join with others at St Albans Cathedral for their Choral Eucharist at 8.00 pm.  Many years ago, this parish supported the then Abbey with a supply of communion bread - when Jo came 9 years ago we agreed to give a financial donation to the Cathedral each Corpus Christi in recognition of this long association and we will take this along on 4th June ...

The Open Garden has been arranged for Saturday 6th June in the Abbots House Garden (by kind permission of Sue & Peter Tomson) from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm.  Entrance will be £5 with a small extra charge for the barbecue and drinks.  Live music will be playing in the Barn all day and there will be garden games - a fun day for all the family ...

On Wednesday 17th June Christian Aid has arranged for people to meet up in London to tell the new government to make climate change a top priority.  It will be a day filled with music, witness and worship; it will be a day of friendship, solidarity and of hope ...

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Monday 18th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice

Tuesday 19th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Mothers' Union members leave for a walk in St Albans

7.45 pm  Dynamite (youth group)

8.00 pm  Churches Together Committee meets in the Methodist small hall

Wednesday 20th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

11.00 am  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 for 8.00 pm  Deanery Synod Open Meeting at Soul Survivor, Watford

Thursday 21st May

8.15 am  Prayers for the local community

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

2.40 pm  Funeral of Doreen Pritchard at the Crematorium

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  The St Albans Cathedral Guides visit St Lawrence

Friday 22nd May

9.30 am  Holy Communion with Morning Prayer

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hall

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Saturday 23rd May

10.00 am  Burial of Ashes of Shirley Hammond

11.00 am  Spring Convert in aid of the Organ Fund:  Peter Holder, Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral - a light-hearted programme

Sunday 24th May - Pentecost

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche

12.00 noon  Baptism of Regan Driscoll and Josh and Erin Quinn

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer

Monday 25th May

Bank Holiday

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Tuesday 26th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Wednesday 27th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

10.30 am  Carers Network in the Methodist Hall

12.00 noon Bell Toll for WW1 Soldier - Frederick James Timms

2.45 pm  Home Communion at Margaret House

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer