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

 

See the churchyards pamphlet produced by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

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Monday 19th July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livesteamed)

 

2.00pm Pastoral Care Course

 

7.45pm Bell Ringing Practice

 

8.00pm Bible Study via Zoom

 

Tuesday 20th July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

Wednesday 21st July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

11.15am 'Time for God', Contemplative Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence

 

12.00 noon Eucharist

 

 

Thursday 22nd July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

 

Friday 23rd July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

 

Saturday 24th July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

11.00am - 4pm Friends of St Lawrence Summer Extravaganza

 

 

Sunday 25th July - Eighth Sunday After Trinity Sunday

The Churches are open for Public Worship, it is essential you let the office know if you would like to attend. It would be helpful if you let us know before 12 noon on the Friday before.

 

8.00am Eucharist at St Lawrence

9.30am Eucharist at St Lawrence (Live-Streamed via TheSundayService.org and Facebook)

11.15am Eucharist at The Tin Church

11.30am Sue Tomson's Farewell Get Together

6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Lawrence