The Parish of Abbots Langley

Parish News

Following on from the recent Parish Conversations on the five topics: Growing as Christians, Evangelism, Service to the Community, Children & Young People and Worship, Peter has produced a paper summarising what he thought were themes coming prominently out of each conversation and sometimes across more than one.  He then offers some of his own thoughts in response and a suggestion as to the next step in putting together the new Mission Action Plan for the Parish.  You can find his paper here.

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The Annual Vestry Meeting (for the Election of Churchwardens) and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (for election of PCC and Deanery Synod members as well as a report on the church for 2016 including finances) will take place on Sunday 30th April 2017 at 11.30 am.  A copy of the Annual Report and Accounts will be available by Easter.

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In February 2017 we were allocated a £2000 grant by the ABBOTS LANGLEY PARISH COUNCIL towards the maintenance of the churchyard.  This goes towards the upkeep of the mowers and equipment and to pay one person a number of hours throughout the year to try to keep on top of some of the growing season.  Most of the work in the churchyard is done by a small group of volunteers who are always happy to welcome others to join them.  They usually meet on the first Saturday of each month and, depending on the time of year, they mow, strim, weed, sweep leaves, clear litter, have bonfires, etc, all the usual things you would expect to do in your garden throughout the year - albeit probably on a larger scale!  If you would like to join this team please just turn up between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm (coffee break at 11.00) - the remaining dates for 2017 are:  1st April, 6th May, 3rd June, 8th July, 5th August, 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December  - or make contact to find out more.

In March 2017, Three Rivers District Council awarded the PCC a capital grant of £2,000 towards the replacement of two mowers used in the churchyard.  The old tractor mower was 16 years old and beyond economic repair, and last year two of the self-propelled mowers had also become unusable.  We are very grateful for their help.

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We have a link with MALOSA in MALAWI.  In 2012/13, along with St Luke's Church in Watford, we raised £30,000 to build a maternity unit in Nkasala in Malawi.  This prompted a group of people from both churches to visit Malawi in the summer of 2014 to see the maternity unit (at that stage not yet finished) but also to offer some DIY work and nursing support work in St Luke's Hospital, Malosa; and to undertake some training with nursery leaders in outerlying villages.  The visit opened the eyes of those who went to other needs within the community, especially in Malosa Secondary School.  On their return money was raised to repair four large rice boilers in the school so that pupils could be fed properly.  Wendy Meldrum, one of those who travelled to Malawi, wrote un up-date in July 2015 - see here.  It is intended that we continue to support the people of Malawi and a second trip out there is being organised for 2018.  But before then we are supporting the people of Malosa by sending out items of need via a container leaving Birmingham on 10th June.  Click here to find out the type of items required.

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'Living God's Love' in Abbots Langley.  'Living God's Love' is a journey.  It's an invitation to discover new things about God, ourselves and the world; to look with fresh eyes and explore new ways.  It's an inviation to journey together as God's people.  Bishop Alan is inviting us to

* journey deeper into God, in prayer, worship and commitment;

* go into partnership to bring transformation to communities, local and global;

* walk alongside others on their journeys as we seek to make new disciples.

During 2017, we will be looking at our Parish MAP, with a view to updating/renewing it, following a series of Parish Conversations.  These Conversations took place during February and centred on: Discipleship, Evangelism, Service to the Community, Children and Young People, and Worship.  The two days for the MAP revision are Saturdays 29th April and 17th June - all are welcome.

You can also click here to go to the designated Living God's Love diocesan website.

From 2016 to 2020, we are encouraged to look at four strands of the Living God's Love prayer - generosity and joy; imagination and courage - in our parishes and in our own lives; how can we live our lives and work within the church with generosity, joy, imagination and courage?  The Churches Together Lent Course in 2017 is looking at these four strands in greater detail.

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On Saturday 24th June St Albans will come alive with the celebrations of St Alban - a re-enacting of the martyrdom of Alban with huge puppets walking through the historic streets of St Albans from St Peter's Church to the Cathedral telling the story.  It begins at 11.00 am.  At 12.00 noon there will be a Festival Eucharist in the Cathedral when the preacher will be the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Trewick. At 4.00 pm there will be a Festival Evensong when the preacher will be the Very Revd Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford ...  

Saturday 24th June sees the launch of the fundraising campaign for the visit to Malawi in 2018 - an All Age African Event at 5.00 pm in St Lawrence church hall - a fun time for all the family including food and cocktails; games to play and information to read - all about the trip in 2014 and plans for 2018 ...

Sunday 25th June is designated Open Church Sunday around the Diocese of St Albans and many churches which are normally closed will be OPEN!  This includes the Tin Church in Bedmond which will be open between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm so why not pop in - especially if you have often driven past but never stopped to go in!  St Lawrence will also be open - but St Lawrence is open every day throughout the year ...

Our annual St Lawrence Church Fete is on Saturday 1st July between 2.00 and 5.00 pm on the grassed area in front of the church.  All the usual stalls including cakes, refreshments including barbecue and icecreams, tombola, household, good-as-new, games and a bouncy castle - please come along with your friends and family for a lively community event ..

The Friends of St Lawrence have organised a new event - A Toy and Puzzle Fair!  On Saturday 8th July between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm you can come along to St Lawrence Church Hall and choose your toy or your puzzle from an amazing selection; and if you have any you want to give to the Fair beforehand then please make contact ...

A new way of giving regularly to the church (either St Lawrence or the Church of the Ascension) is by direct debit using the Parish Giving Scheme, a national organisation which makes collecting money easier for each parish church ...

An opportunity for an hour of candlelit comtemplativeness, prayer, silence and stillness - on offer the first Tuesday of every month from 8.00 to 9.00 pm in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (the far end of the church) - 6th June, 4th July, 1st August, 5th September ...

Every Monday morning between 10.15 and 10.45 am (except Bank Holidays) Peter would like others to join him in praying for a growing church - growing in faith, diversity, love and numbers - in the Corpus Christi Chapel area in the far end of St Lawrence Church ...

The Parish Profile, written in 2015 prior to the appointment of a new Vicar, can be found here.

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The coming week...

Monday 19th June

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 at St Lawrence


Tuesday 20th June

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

7.00 for 7.30 pm  Mothers' Union Midsummer Supper at Hunters

8.00 pm  Seekers leaders meeting in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence


Wednesday 21st June

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Funeral of Margaret Plows at the Crematorium

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


Thursday 22nd June

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

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence


Friday 23rd June

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub, High Street

10.00 am  Craft Group in Bedmond Church

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

4.30 pm  Wedding rehearsal in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

6.15 pm  Youth Choir practice


Saturday 24th June - Albantide

11.00 am  Albantide procession leaves St Peter's Church, St Albans

12.00 noon Festival Eucharist in St Albans Cathedral

2.00 pm  Wedding Blessing for Neil and Natasha Munday in St Lawrence with Christening for Leaonard Munday

4.00 pm  Festival Choral Evensong in St Albans Cathedral

5.00 pm  All Age African Event in St Lawrence church hall


Sunday 25th June - Trinity 2

8.00 am  Holy Communion

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer