St Lawrence Church – Abbots Langley – Sunday evening 22nd December 2013

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Revd David, Carol,me, Revd Jo and organist Steven Smith

Christmas is nearly upon us so it was a real pleasure to be attending a Carol service. The Reverend David Warner had previously said prayers before a full council meeting, and I had met him and his Vicar, Jo Spreadbury again when Carol and I attended the Christmas Fair in Henderson Hall. This led to the invite to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. I had the privilege of reading the sixth lesson, just after the Carol ‘God Rest You Merry Gentleman’. The site of Abbots Langley Parish Church was probably originally occupied by a Saxon Church.  A Norman nave and aisles were added between the years 1140 to 1150 and the Church was dedicated to St Lawrence the Martyr in 1154.  The tower was built between 1190 and 1200 and the tower arch shows the change in style to the Transitional before the complete development of Early English Gothic architecture. St Lawrence is a fine church and we sat in the front row, my mum also joined us. She had not been to a Carol Service for many years and had a great time. During ‘O Little Town Of Bethlehem’ the candles we had been given on entering were lit and during my reading I had the opportunity to see the church lit up by candlelight, a heartwarming sight. The Choir were also magnificent and the solo efforts were beautiful. With mulled wine and mince pies after the service,  a great way to start Christmas week.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers from Carol and myself.
To read more about St Lawrence http://abbotslangley.org.uk/about-us/church-history/
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Looking back on the bellringers
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My mum (only 93) and Reverend Jo Spreadbury
More photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/chairmanlesmead/sets/72157638956867724/
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