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Stonework Appeal launched


We must do the work sooner or later otherwise we will lose the church; the good news is we already have three quarters of what we need!  To find out how to donate, click on 'More ...' below or see the poster.

We need to raise around £25,000 to reach our target.  The Vicar writes in the July edition of Outlook, the church magazine:

I make no bones about it; this month’s Vicar’s Letter is about asking for money. It is quite unashamedly a begging letter.

      Why? Because St Lawrence Church has a problem, and we need your help.

      Much of St Lawrence’s external stonework is locally quarried clunch stone, or Tottenhoe. This is one of the most porous of stones, and erodes very quickly. For most of the eight hundred and sixty five years that the church has stood here, the people of Abbots protected the stonework by regular limewashing – and all was well.

      About a hundred years ago, however, our predecessors made a mistake. They stopped limewashing, and decided to repoint the church using hard cement. Not, it turns out, a good idea: ever since the cement went on, the basic stonework has gone into accelerated decay.

      So we now urgently need to undo the mistake, and repair the damage. If we don’t, the first thing to go wrong will be the stained glass windows falling out. Later, rot will gradually kill the building: the walls will become unsound and eventually unsafe. The next generations will face either ruinous expense, or losing the church.

      We will not leave them that legacy. The congregation of St Lawrence have decided we are sorting this problem out now, in 2019. It will cost £102,000. The good news is that thanks to careful planning, generous giving, and much hard work put into fundraising, we already have most of the money. We just need another £25,000.

      The even better news is that we know that £25,000 is already there too. It is in the pockets and the bank-accounts of the hundreds, thousands of people around this place who have a great affection for St Lawrence and who will want to help, however much they can. That’s why we are turning to you now, and asking for your help.

      Some will ask: why give to a church building project when there are people without food or homes, when there are so many causes which rightly and desperately are calling for help? It’s a good question. There are indeed more important things in the world than buildings, and our giving should always reflect that. We should always give more to the poor and hungry than for stones.

      And yet …. some buildings do really matter too, and St Lawrence is one of them. Those who have come here for great family occasions know that, as do those who slip in to sit alone in peace. Those who have come feeling blessed know that, and those who have fled here when broken. People who come every day; people who come once a year; believers and half-believers, agnostics and atheists – all of them know that our village needs this church. Abbots needs St Lawrence at the centre of village life, with its doors always open for all to find space and peace and perhaps even God.  Previous generations gave us a wonderful gift in this building: we cannot be the ones who lose it.

      We have committed to carrying out all the repairs by the end of 2019 – which means raising the remaining funds by St Lawrence Day, celebrated this year on Sunday 11th August. Between now and then, I ask you to please give whatever you think you can – be the amount great or small. Everything helps. Together, let’s make sure St Lawrence stays at the heart of this place for many more generations to come.

      Cheques (made payable to Abbots Langley PCC, with ‘Stonework Appeal’ written on the back please) are being received at the Parish Office; alternatively you can donate by BACS transfer (sort code: 30-99-21 / AC: 01540225. Name: ‘Abbots Langley PCC’; Ref: ‘Stonework’).  Thank you.

 

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The coming week...

Weekly Leaflet

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Monday 15th July

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 in St Lawrence tower

 

Tuesday 16th July

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 pm  Youth Club meets in the church hall

8.00 pm  Mothers' Union meets in the Breakspear Room

8.00 pm  Property Committee meets in the back office

 

Wednesday 17th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.30 am  Home Communion at Abbeyfield

11.15 am  Quiet Reflection in St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Holy Communion in St Lawrence followed by light lunch in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

 

Thursday 18th July

8.15 am  Early Prayer in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Friday 19th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Craft Morning in the Tin Church

10.00 am  AHAL Coffee in the Henderson Hub, Abbots Langley High Street

1.00 pm  Ascension Acorns in the Tin Church

2.00 pm  Craft & Conversation in the Breakspear Room

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.15 pm  Wedding rehearsal in St Lawrence

 

Saturday 20th July - the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

2.30 pm  Christening for Rylie Curtis and Jaxson Hopkins

 

Sunday 21st July

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion (the first celebration for the Revd Vanesa Kerswill) with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

NO 11.15 am at Bedmond

12.15 pm  Christening for Lyla Dear in St Lawrence

12.30 pm  Sunday Lunch Club in the church hall

2.00 pm  Wedding of Tom Guthrie and Hayley Hancock in St Lawrence

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm   Pilgrim Course on 'The Creeds' in the Tin Church

 

Monday 22nd July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer at St Lawrence

10.15 am  Burial of Ashes for Michael Smith in the Garden of Remembrance

11.00 am  Funeral for Jackson Leifer at North Watford Cemetery

1.15 pm  Funeral for Tom Howie in St Lawrence followed by cremation

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  MAP Steering Group in the Breaksper Room, St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 23rd July

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

 

Wednesday 24th July

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.40 am  Funeral for Sue Hall in the Tin Church followed by cremation

11.15 am  Quiet Reflection in St Lawrence

12.00 noon  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

1.15 pm  Funeral for Phyllis Ridgeway in St Lawrence followed by Cremation

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence