The Parish of Abbots Langley

St Lawrence Churchyard

A LIVING CHURCHYARD

We want our churchyard to be a 'living churchyard'.  This doesn't mean that we just let it grow wild - each area is properly managed to encourage different flowers, butterflies, moths and birds.

Some areas of grass are not mown during the summer months - this has enabled a Pyramidal orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis and various wild flowers to grow for the last few years.  This also allows caterpillars that feed on the wildflowers and grasses time to pupate.  In this way we are trying to conserve and encourage as diverse a range of wildflowers as possible.

There are over one hundred species of wild flowers living here, not to mention grasses, trees, lichens, mosses, fungi and all the living creatures that depend on them.  This diversity of wildlife is possible because of the history of the churchyard - it has not been cultivated nor has it been sprayed with herbicides or fertilisers.  The church walls and headstones provide the conditions needed by slow-growing lichens, many of which are only found in churchyards in this part of the country.

It is not a nature reserve - we aim to achieve a balance between conserving wildlife and maintaining the churchyard as a fit setting for the church.  If you would like to help us maintain the churchyard, a working party meets regularly each month, usually on the 1st Saturday of the month, from 9.30 am onwards, with a break around 11.00 am for some refreshment.  The date of the next working party is usually advertised in the noticeboard alongside the footpath to the north of the church.

If you visit please look around and let us know if you see anything unusual or interesting.  We would also welcome any comments, questions or suggestions.

Please click on the appropriate word below to see lists of what has been seen in the churchyard.

 

PLANT NAMES

BIRDS

BUTTERFLIES

MOTHS

LICHENS

 

The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has produced a pamphlet about churchyards which you can read by clicking here.

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The coming week...

Weekly Leaflet

Weekly Leaflet

 

Monday 17th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.30 am  Tannerswood School in St Lawrence

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringing practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 18th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 pm  Youth Club in the church hall

 

Wednesday 19th December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Quiet Reflection in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

 

Thursday 20th December

8.15 am  Early Prayer in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.00 pm  Carols around the Christmas Tree at Bedmond

 

Friday 21st December

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Craft Morning in the Tin Church, Bedmond

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub, Abbots Langley High Street

2.00 pm  Craft & Conversation in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.15 pm  Youth Choir in the Breakspear Room

 

Saturday 22nd December

8.00 pm  Christmas Focus in St Lawrence

 

Sunday 23rd December - the Fourth Sunday of Advent

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

11.15 am  Holy Communion in the Tin Church, Bedmond

4.00 pm  Nine Lessons & Carols in the Tin Church, Bedmond followed by mulled wine & mincepies

6.30 pm  Nine Lessons & Carols in St Lawrence followed by mulled wiine & mincepies

 

Monday 24th December - Christmas Eve

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

1.30 pm  Candlelight Service

2.30 pm  Candlelight Service

3.30 pm  Candlelight Service

4.30 pm  Candlelight Service

6.00 pm  Candlelight Service

11.30 pm  Midnight Mass at the Tin Church, Bedmond

11.45 pm  Midnight Mass at St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day

9.30 am  Family Communion at St Lawrence

11.15 am  Holy Communion at the Tin Church, Bedmond

 

Wednesday 26th December - Boxing Day (St Stephen)

No services today