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.

To see it on the map, click here.

 

Follow us on Facebook Fair Trade Logo

Choose products with this Mark
www.fairtrade.org.uk


The coming week...

Monday 27th March

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Prayers for a growing church (Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence)

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice at St Lawrence

7.30 pm  CTAL Lent Course at Langleybury

8.00 pm  Preacher's Workshop in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 28th March

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

7.30 pm  CTAL Lent Course at the Baptist Church

7.45 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 29th March

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

1.00 pm  Tannerswood School visit to St Lawrence Church

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  MU Tour of St Albans Cathedral

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Bereavement Visitors meet at the Baptist Church

 

Thursday 30th March

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

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

11.00 am  CTAL Lent Course in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

11.00 am  Bedmond School Service in Church of the Ascension, Bedmond

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Friday 31st March

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

NO AHAL Coffee

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

NO Youth Choir practice until 21st April

 

Saturday 1st April

9.30 am  Churchyard Working Party at St Lawrence

 

Sunday 2nd April - The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday)

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Holy Communion at Church of the Ascension, Bedmond

12.30 pm  Sunday Lunch Club in St Lawrence hall

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  CTAL Lent Course in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Monday 3rd April

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Prayers for a growing church in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.15 pm  Ringers' practice in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  CTAL Lent Course at St Paul's Vicarage, Langleybury

8.00 pm  Preacher's Workshop in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 4th April

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

7.30 pm  Lent Course at the Baptist Church

8.00 pm  Quiet Hour in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 5th April

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Coffee Morning in Church of the Ascension, Bedmond

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

10.45 am  Making Palm Crosses in St Lawrence 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