The Parish of Abbots Langley

Adults

The Choir

St Lawrence Church has a long and rich musical tradition. The robed choir of 4-part (SATB) adult voices plays an integral role in leading the worship of the church. The choir sings at the following:

The main Sunday service (usually Parish Communion); Major festivals; Choral Evensong; Weddings (when requested)

The choir sings a broad repertoire of music from the Anglican choral tradition and there are also opportunities to take part in concerts as well as visits to sing services at cathedrals and other churches. The choir was part of a hugely successful concert in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee and has also been invited to sing Choral Evensong at St Albans Cathedral.

We are currently in the hands of David Southorn as Choir Director and Andrew Howarth as Organist.

If you sing and are interested in joining the church choir or if you would like more information, please get in touch with the Organist & Choir Director via the “Contact Us” page. There is no formal audition to join the choir; you are very welcome to come along to a couple of practices to find out more and to see whether it suits you.

You can find out more about joining the choir by looking at our choir flyer.

For a list of Music at St Lawrence for September to December 2017 please click here.

 

Mothers' Union

The MU is especially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life.  To achieve this they try to develop prayer and spiritual growth and resource their members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, internationally, nationally and in the community in which they live.  They meet together in St Lawrence Church Hall at 10.45 am (after the 10.15 am Corporate  Communion in church) on the second Wednesday of the month.  One evening a month they meet in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence Church, at 8.00 pm (usually the third Tuesday of the month) for discussion or to hear visiting speakers; occasionally they go out for an evening walk or a meal.  Visitors are always welcome to any meeting.  The programme for 2017 is available here with paper copies in church or see the 'The Coming Week' (right hand column) for further details.

The Mothers' Union Prayer can be found here.

 

House groups

For further information, or if you would like to join any of the groups, please contact the Church Office via the contact us page.  The groups normally meet from 8.00 to 10.00 pm.


Wednesday housegroup

The meeting usually begins with a tea or coffee and ends with a glass of wine.  In between the the group gradually finds itself engaged in radical discussion of matters of faith and practice with no holds barred.  Nothing is too sacred to question.  In recent years they have studied The Shack, examined the Bible, discussed Church Times articles, analysed some of Paul's New Testament Letters, studied The Thoughtful Guide to Faith and critically discussed just about everything we say and do in Church.  Faith tends to have been strengthened not weakened, by open and frank sharing of beliefs and doubts.   They all value the fellowship and trust which continues to grow within the group.  They usually meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Thursday housegroup

This group meets on the last Thursday of each month and varies how they study - sometimes using a book which they all read and then discuss or sometimes following a course often using dvds as well as books.  Currently they are reading a book written by the Revd Peter Waddell (the Vicar) - Joy, The Meaning of the Sacraments.

 

Sunday Lunch Club

If you, or anyone you know, is elderly and lonely or lives with a disability please encourage them to think about coming to lunch in the Church Hall on a Sunday, just twice a month.  A full two-course home-cooked meal, followed by tea or coffee, is served for a cost of just £5.00.  But we ask that you don't just turn up as we need to know numbers in advance, and numbers are limited, so please phone the Church Office (01923 261795) or contact us to book a place or find out more.

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The coming week...

Sunday 19th November - The Second Sunday before Advent

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 the Tin Church, Bedmond followed by Congregational meeting

12.30 pm  Sunday Lunch Club in the Church Hall

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Faith Development in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Monday 20th November

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  Ringers' practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 21st November

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

12.30 pm  Pilgrim Course in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Mothers' Union meets in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 22nd November

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

 

Thursday 23rd November

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

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence (not Friday this week)

 

Friday 24th November

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

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Saturday 25th November

10.00 am to 1.00 pm  Friends & MU Christmas Coffee Morning in the church hall

 

Sunday 26th November - Christ the King

8.00 am  Holy Communion at St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche at St Lawrence

11.15 am  Burial of Ashes of Mary Littler

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer at St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Faith Development in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Monday 27th November

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  Ringers' practice in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 28th November

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 29th November

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

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence