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.  A draft copy of the Mission Action Plan (MAP) is now available 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) took place at the end of April.  A copy of the Annual Report is available here and of the Annual Accounts to 31st December 2016 available here.

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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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'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.  A draft copy of the MAP is now available here.

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? 

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A time of candlelit contemplativeness, prayer, silence and stillness - every Wednesday morning from 11.00 am; stay for as long as you like for up to an hour ...

Do you enjoy crafts but need the incentive to get on with them?!  Well come along to the Breakspear Room any Friday afternoon between 2.00 and 4.00 pm and join with others while having a chat and a cuppa!  Any craft - sewing, knitting, patchwork, lace making, embroidery, painting, etc - all are welcome.  If you are looking for something to do and can knit, we are knitting bonnets and vests for the children of Malawi ...


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 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