The Parish of Abbots Langley

Christenings / Baptisms

A Christening (sometimes called Baptism) is a service at which children are made members of the Church, and given the promise of God's blessing and eternal life. Anyone who lives in the parish or who is on the Electoral Roll (the Church's membership list) has a right to have their children christened at St Lawrence Church.

Those who live outside the parish may be able arrange to have their children christened here if they have a connection to the parish, but we will need to obtain permission from their local parish priest before we would agree to do it here.

A christening implies commitment to a continuing connection with the Church so children have the opportunity to grow in faith, learn more about Jesus and find their place within God's family.

Often families will be encouraged to come to Church before arranging a christening so they are sure this is the right step to make for their children.

In a christening the parents and Godparents are saying, in effect, on their behalf, "I believe in God, I want to learn more about Jesus, I want to be a member of the Church."

Parents who do not wish their children to be christened immediately, but wish to give thanks to God for the birth or adoption of a child, are welcome to ask for a service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child.

Adults and older children who have not been christened are encouraged to ask for a christening. They make the promises for themselves so have to be sure that they believe in God, want to learn more about Jesus and want to become a member of the Church. The vicar is always ready to talk to those who wish to explore what this might mean!

If you wish to be christened, or wish to have a child christened, please make contact with the Church Office or the vicar.

Jesus said, 'I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.' (John 10.10)

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The coming week...

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Monday 10th February

9.0 am Morning Prayer

2.15 pm Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room

7.30 pm Bell Ringing in St Lawrence


Tuesday 11th February

9.0 am Morning Prayer

10.15 am Coffee Morning in Breakspear Room

2.00 pm Tanners wood School visiting St Lawrence

7.30 pm Youth Club meets in church hall


Wednesday 12th February

9.0 am Morning Prayer

11.00 am Mothers Union Meets in Breakspear Room

11.15 am Quiet Reflection in St Lawrence

12 noon Eucharist (Mothers Union Corporate Communion) in St Lawrence followed by a light lunch

3.30 pm Messy Church in Methodist Church and Hall

7.45 pm Choir Practice in St Lawrence


Thursday 13th February

9.0 am Morning Prayer

10.30 am Home Communion at Hanover Gardens


Friday 14th February

9.0 am Morning Prayer

10.00 am Craft morning in the Tin Church

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

2.00 pm Ascension Acorns in the Tin Church

2.00 pm Craft and Conversation in Breakspear Room

6.15 pm Youth Choir Practice in Breakspear Room


Saturday 15th February

 11.00 am 'Exploring Christenings' in Breakspear Room


Sunday 16th February

8.00 am Holy Communion

9.30 am Christening of Malachy Kelleher-Bennet during Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

11.15 am Holy Communion at Bedmond in Tin Church

12.30 pm Sunday Lunch Club

12.45 pm Christening of Henry Glasgow

6.30 pm Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm "Is God a Monster?" in Breakspear Room