The Parish of Abbots Langley

The Church of the Ascension

The Church of the Ascension is known locally as the 'Tin Church' because of its corrugated-iron shell.  In the Parish Magazine of 1880, the Vicar wrote:  'The new Church of the Ascension, Bedmond, to cater for the spiritual lives of the people in that part of the ancient parish of Abbots Langley, has just been built at a cost of £80'.  It had been given by Mrs Solly of Serge Hill, 'so that the spiritual lives of those residing in Bedmond shall go forward with increased vigour'.  Completed in 1880, it has a simple wooden interior with some fine painted decoration.  Around 60 people can be comfortably seated  on wooden chairs which were replaced in the late 1980s.  By the mid 1990s it was obvious that it would make life much easier if extra facilities were added, so a corner of the church was turned into a kitchen area and an outside store room converted to a toilet.

In the spring of 2005 major work began on repairing and repainting the outside of the church and during this work the steeple was found to be in a bad state of repair.  The Parochial Church Council of Abbots Langley, which oversees the maintenance of the church, agreed that J.F. Day (Builders) should construct a new steeple and cover it with copper.  This was duly done and fitted in July 2005 - at a cost considerably more than the original cost of the building!  The bell has been rehung within the steeple and can be heard occasionally to welcome people to worship.

During 2011 much of the roof was replaced in order to maintain the building for the public worship of the residents of Bedmond village.

A service is held on two Sundays each month as well as at the major festivals of Christmas and Easter, and also on Ascension Day, when the whole parish gathers to celebrate with a service of Holy Communion.  More recently a Coffee Morning (on the first Wednesday of each month) has been added to the activities to encourage local people into the building.  The church is well supported by village residents; and Flower Festivals, Harvest Suppers and Church Fetes are all held within the church and grounds.

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The coming week...

Monday 19th February

9.30 am  Morning Prayer 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 20th February

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

2.00 pm  Lent Course on the Lord's Prayer in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 pm  Youth Club in St Lawrence hall

 

Wednesday 21st February

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

8.00 pm  Seekers leaders meet in the Breakspear Room

 

Thursday 22nd February

8.15 am  Early Prayer in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Housegroup at 6 Kindersley Way

 

Friday 23rd February

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Craft Group in the Tin Church, Bedmond

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

12.15 pm  Funeral of Jennifer Izzard in St Lawrence followed by cremation

2.00 pm  Craft & Conversation in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

3.20 pm  Funeral of George (Len) Reed at the Crematorium

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Saturday 24th February

10.00 am and 2.00pm  Friends of St Lawrence photography tuition in the church hall (booking required)

11.00 am  Malawi meeting in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Sunday 25th February - the Second Sunday of Lent

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

12.30 pm  Baptism of Kaci Toms in St Lawrence

12.45 for 1.00 pm  Lent Lunch in the church hall

6.30 pm  Taize Service in St Lawrence (please note change of time)

7.30 pm  Lent Course in the Breakspear Room

 

Monday 26th February

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

2.00 pm  Funeral of Bill Newman at the Crematorium

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Bell ringing in St Lawrence tower

8.00 pm  Worship Committee meets in the Breakspear Room

 

Tuesday 27th February

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

10.30 am  Home Communion at Margaret House

2.00 pm  Funeral of Robin Hill in St Lawrence followed by cremation

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 pm  Youth Club in the church hall

 

Wednesday 28th February

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

10.30 am  Carers Network in the Methodist hall

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence