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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 appropriate date - 6th July (Trinity 3); 13th July (Trinity 4).

It's our FLOWER FESTIVAL in St Lawrence this weekend - and there are some amazing arrangements - but don't take our word for it - come and see for yourself!  Saturday between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm; Sunday between 11.00 am (you could join us for the Family Service at 9.30 am) and 6.00 pm.  Refreshments in the Vicarage garden and a Craft Fair in the church hall - lots to see!  and you could round it off with a Songs of Praise in St Saviour's RC Church in the Crescent at 6.30 pm followed by a Cheese and Wine Party in the Vicarage garden at 7.45 pm (tickets £4).

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!

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Monday 7th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Bell Ringing practice

Tuesday 8th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.45 pm  Dynamite

Wednesday 9th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

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

12.00 noon  Ringers from St James, Bushey

3.30 pm  Messy Church in the Methodist Church

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

8.00 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Vicarage

Thursday 10th July

8.15 am  Prayers for the local community

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.30 am  Home Communion at Hanover Gardens

10.30 am  Set up for Flower Festival

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

Friday 11th July

9.30 am  Holy Communion

10.00 am to 5.00 pm  ALFA Flower Festival

10.00 am  HAL Coffee Morning in the Henderson Hall

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice

Saturday 12th July

10.00 am to 6.00 pm  ALFA Flower Festival; refreshments in the Vicarage garden

10.00 am to 5.30 pm  ALFA Craft Fair in the church hall

Sunday 13th July - The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Second Sunday Service followed by refreshments in the Vicarage garden

10.30 am to 4.30 pm  ALFA Craft Fair in the church hall

11.00 am to 6.00 pm  ALFA Flower Festival

6.30 pm  ALFA CTAL Songs of Praise at St Saviour's RC Church, The Crescent

7.45 pm  ALFA Cheese & Wine Party in the Vicarage garden

Monday 14th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.30 am  Flower Festival clearing

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice

Tuesday 15th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer

7.30 pm  Mothers' Union Midsummer Supper

8.00 pm  Children & Youthwork Committee at 40 Kindersley Way

Wednesday 16th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer

10.15 am  Holy Communion

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer