The Parish of Abbots Langley

Parish News

Our Mission Action Plan (MAP) for 2017-2020 has been written up and approved by the PCC - a copy can be found here or a display copy 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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Following the redundancy of the Parish Secretary and therefore the departure of Lorraine from the Church Office there has been a revision in the opening times of the office - it will now only be open to the public in the mornings between 9.30 am and 1.00 pm.  In the afternoon it will now be closed to allow for undisturbed focus on administrative tasks ...

Here’s a great way to get your children involved with the Christmas story: we have a travelling crib that makes its way around the parish from Advent Sunday (3rd December) until Christmas Eve when it returns to church.  The knitted figures in the crib spend one night with each family and then move on to the next family. There is a very short ceremony as one family delivers the crib to the next and we hope that you might linger a while just to have juice and a biscuit maybe ...

Members of this parish have welcomed people into St Albans Abbey on the first Monday of each month between April and September for many years.  It would be good to carry on this tradition and replace the two who have retired this year - could this be you? ...

We are a fairtrade church which means we use fairly traded goods whenever possible and we encourage our members to buy fairly traded goods.  We hold a Traidcraft stall during coffee once a month on a Sunday and at this time of year we encourage people to buy goods via the Traidcraft catalogue - copies of which are available in St Lawrence, in the Church Office or during coffee on a Sunday morning ...

This year on Saturday 25th November from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in the church hall - gifts, tombola, raffles, tea, coffee, cakes not forgetting the infamous bacon butties (or sausage) - how many can you eat in one morning?! ...

Two opportunites for faith development - starting Tuesday 31st October at 12.30 pm a Pilgrim Course; and starting Sunday 5th November at 7.30 pm, a course based on The Creed - both of them open to anyone who wants to find out more and take place in the Breakspear Room ...

Yes, it's that time of year again  But it's too early to talk about C________ so we'll call it the Annual Quiz for a little while!  It's a bit different this year - a general knowledge quiz with an extra one for the youngsters so two for the price of one!  And all for the bargain price of £1!  No competition this year - just have lots of family fun - the answers will be available on this website at the end of the year.  Copies of the quiz are available from various church members or from the church office ...

Tiny Tots at 2.15 pm in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence Church every Monday during term time - for all mums, dads, carers and their pre-school tots - even babies are welcome as it is a chance for adults to talk as well as children to learn by enjoying themselves singng, playing and making things ...

Why not help the environment by buying a canvas bag to help save the environment - and support the Friends of St Lawrence?! Bags are now available from the Church Office at £3 each ...

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 ...

The Annual Report for 2016/17 can be found here, and the Annual Accounts to 31st December 2016 here.

The Parish Profile, written in 2015 prior to the appointment of the Revd Dr Peter Waddell, can be found here.

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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