The Parish of Abbots Langley

Weddings

 

You are welcome to marry in the Church of England whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised (christened) and regardless of whether you go to church or not. It's your Church, and we welcome you.

In response to the demand for church weddings there are now more churches to choose from - thanks to a change in the law in 2008.

As well as through the personal touch of its friendly vicars and welcoming church families, the Church of England cares for wedding couples through the website: yourchurchwedding.org - which contains a lot of helpful information including a guide, 'Seven Steps to a Heavenly Wedding', and an online ceremony planner.

The Church of England believes in marriage. Whenever and wherever you choose to get married - we're here to help you have a great day!

At a Church wedding bride and bridegroom make their promises to each other, receive God's blessing and offer their future together to God's love and support.

If you would like to choose St Lawrence as your wedding venue and either of you lives in the parish or is on the Electoral Roll (the Church's membership list) you are legally entitled to be married here. Or if you have a strong family connection with the church or parish, you also qualify to marry here - those connections are:

i) one of you was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;

ii) one of you has ever lived in the parish for six months or more;

iii) one of you has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more;

iv) one of your parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in your life time;

v) one of your parents has regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more in your lifetime;

vi) your parents or grandparents were married in the parish.

Otherwise, people usually choose to be married at the church where they worship regularly, so come to St Lawrence and join us in worship here, before you decide if this is the place where you wish to make your vows before God. To qualify for the Electoral Roll, you need to sign a declaration to say you are baptised and you have attended worship regularly here for at least six months.

If you wish to be married at the Church of the Ascension in Bedmond, you will have to apply for an Archbishop's License as the building is not licensed for weddings; this is done after you have met the vicar for the first time to talk it through.

Once a wedding has been booked, the vicar will discuss your plans for the day and help you to decide what music, readings and other arrangements will make the occasion as unique and special a start to your future together as you want it to be. The Church Office is also able to help with practical questions and advice before the day. As mentioned above, there is also the Church of England website which can help with your planning: yourchurchwedding.org

If one or other of you has been married before and is now divorced, please say so when you phone to make initial enquiries - you may still be able to be married here but the vicar will want to talk it through with you. Or an alternative way forward maybe a marriage in a registry office followed by a service of blessing in St Lawrence. If either of you is widowed that does not cause any problems.

For an indication as to the availability of dates for weddings for 2018 and 2019 please see below.

And if you want to start the ball rolling please phone or contact the Church Office via the contact us page.

 

Banns of Marriage

If you live in the Parish of Abbots Langley but are marrying in another parish you will need to have your Banns of Marriage called here. This can easily be arranged by contacting the Church Office either by e-mail or by phone - see contact page - or by popping in during Office hours.


Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13.4-7)

Please contact the Church Office for availability.

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Monday 19th April

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

 9.15 am Morning Prayer live streamed on Facebook

8pm Zoom Bible Study 1 Corinthians 15 Contact the Parish Office for the link

 

Tuesday 20th April

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

 9.15 am Morning Prayer live streamed on Facebook

8.00 pm APCM in St Lawrence Church and via Zoom

 

Wednesday 21st April

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

 9.15 am Morning Prayer live streamed on Facebook

11.15 am Time for God Contemplative Prayer in the Corpus Christi Chapel  (Please contact the Parish Office if you are coming)

12.00 noon Holy Communion in St Lawrence - everyone welcome  - but please let the Parish Office know if you are coming

 

Thursday 22nd April

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

 9.15 am Morning Prayer live streamed on Facebook

 

Friday 23rd April

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

 9.15 am Morning Prayer live streamed on Facebook

6.00pm Youth Choir Rehearsal in the Church Hall

 

Saturday 24th April

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

 9.15 am Morning Prayer live streamed on Facebook

 

Sunday 25th April - 4th Sunday of Easter

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.

Readings 1 Corinthians 15 12-19

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

6.30pm Evening Prayer at St Lawrence