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 24th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Larence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Ringers' practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 25th July

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 26th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Bereavement Visitors meet in the Methodist small hall

 

Thursday 27th July

8.15 am  Early Prayer for the parish and community in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

3.20 pm  Funeral of Janet Roberts at the Crematorium

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00  Wedding rehearsal in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Wedding rehearsal in St Lawrence

 

Friday 28th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Craft Group in Bedmond Church

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

12.00 noon  Bell Toll for WW1 soldier William Herbert Tippetts

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

3.00 pm  Funeral of Julie Lockyer in Bedmond Church followed by Cremation

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Saturday 29th July

9.30 am  Churchyard Working Party at Bedmond

2.00 pm  Wedding of James Christianson and Emma Lowrie

4.00 pm  Wedding of Anthony Brundritt and Stacie Lyle

 

Sunday 30th July - the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Monday 31st July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Bell Toll for WW1 soldiers Percy Coleman and William Leslie Jerram

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.00 pm  Battle of Passchendaele Commemoration Service at the War Memorial organised by the Royal British Legion

7.45 pm  Ringers' practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 1st August

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Cofee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 2nd August

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Coffee Morning in Bedmond Church

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence