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.

A copy of the Annual Report for 2015 can be found here and the Annual Accounts for 2015 here.  Full membership of the PCC for 2016/2017 can be found 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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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.

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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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Saturday 8th April from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon for primary age children (younger ones are welcome accompanied by an adult).  Hear the EAster story, make palms, Easter gardens, nests and much more; play games and HAVE FUN! ...

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 ...

This year Churches Together in Abbots Langley is using the Diocese of St Albans Lent Course looking at four strands of the Living God's Love prayer - Generosity and Joy, Imagination and Courage.  There is a session on Sunday evenings in St Lawrence at 7.30 pm; on Monday evenings at St Paul's, Langleybury at 7.30 pm; on Tuesday evenings at the Baptist Church at 7.30 pm; on Thursday mornings at 11.00 am in St Lawrence and on Friday afternoons in the Methodist Church at 2.00 pm ...


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) ...


Every Monday evening in the Breakspear Room, why not come and join with Peter, and other preachers, to discuss the readings for the week ahead - and maybe the sermon from the day before! ...


Every Monday morning between 10.15 and 10.45 am 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 ...


Why not sign up for a Lent Lunch of homemade soup, bread, cheese and fresh fruit in the church hall on Sundays 12th and 26th March and also on Palm Sunday, 9th April ...


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 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