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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Monday 19th July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livesteamed)

 

2.00pm Pastoral Care Course

 

7.45pm Bell Ringing Practice

 

8.00pm Bible Study via Zoom

 

Tuesday 20th July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

Wednesday 21st July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

11.15am 'Time for God', Contemplative Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence

 

12.00 noon Eucharist

 

 

Thursday 22nd July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

 

Friday 23rd July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

 

Saturday 24th July

The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

 

9.15am Morning Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel in St Lawrence (also livestreamed)

 

11.00am - 4pm Friends of St Lawrence Summer Extravaganza

 

 

Sunday 25th July - Eighth Sunday After Trinity Sunday

The Churches are open for Public Worship, it is essential you let the office know if you would like to attend. It would be helpful if you let us know before 12 noon on the Friday before.

 

8.00am Eucharist at St Lawrence

9.30am Eucharist at St Lawrence (Live-Streamed via TheSundayService.org and Facebook)

11.15am Eucharist at The Tin Church

11.30am Sue Tomson's Farewell Get Together

6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Lawrence