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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 18th January - (The Second Sunday of Epiphany).

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

Many people are now asking who won and what are the answers!  The winner was Margaret Dolamore; 2nd place William Masterson of South Mimms; 3rd place Myra and Alan Alexander - congratulations to them all.  And for those who would like the answers please click here ...

On Saturday 7 February 2015 we will be singing back-to-back hymns from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., in aid of our Organ Restoration Appeal.

Exciting news about our plans to build an extension on the north side of St Lawrence Church.

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Monday 19th January

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.30 pm  Service of prayer in support of 25 years of New Hope - the Watford charity for the homeless

7.30 pm  Ringers practice

8.00 pm  Social Committee meeting at 7 Fernhills

Tuesday 20th January

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 pm  Dynamite (youth group) meets

Wednesday 21st January

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

11.00 am  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Thursday 22nd January

8.15 am  Prayers for the parish & local community

9.20 am  Morning Prayer

12.00 noon  Watford Deanery Administrators Get-together at St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Friday 23rd January

9.30 am  Holy Communion with Morning Prayer

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hall

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

No Youth Choir practice

Sunday 25th - The Conversion of St Paul

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers

4.00 pm  Choral Evensong at St Paul's, Langleybury

5.15 pm  Churches Together AGM at St Paul's, Langleybury

No 6.30 pm  Evening Prayer at St Lawrence

Monday 26th January

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Ringing practice

Tuesday 27th January

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 pm  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 pm  Dynamite (youth group)

Wednesday 28th January

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.00 am  Carers' Network in the Methodist hall

10.15 am  Holy Communion

2.45 pm  Home Communion at Margaret House

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 for 8.00 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Vicarage