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 22nd May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Prayer for a Growing Church in the Corpus Christi Chapel

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice

8.00 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Breakspear Room

 

Tuesday 23rd May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 24th May

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 for 8.00 pm  Deanery Synod meets at St Mary's, Watford

8.00 pm  Social Committee meets at 7 Fernhills

8.00 pm  Bereavement Visitors meet at St Saviour's

 

Thursday 25th May - Ascension Day

8.15 am  Prayers for the local church and community in St Lawrence

9.30 am Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Funeral of Marvin Attwood in St Lawrence followed by Cremation

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Parish Communion for the Patronal Festival at the Church of the Ascension

 

Friday 26th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub

10.00 am  Craft Group in the Church of the Ascension

2.00 pm  Craft and Conversation in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

No Youth Choir practice

 

Saturday 27th May

11.00 am  Spring Concert Series - Local Vocals, Parmiter's School, Francis Combe Academy

12.15 pm  Bell Toll for WW1 soldier - Frederick Harvey How

 

Sunday 28th May - The Sixth Sunday of Easter

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

12.15 pm  Baptism of Jackson Hanson in St Lawrence

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  MAP Meeting in the Breakspear Room - Making New Disciples

 

Monday 29th May

Bank Holiday

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 30th May

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 31st May

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 pm  Wedding rehearsal in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence