This year marks the 150th anniversary of St Paul’s Church in Langleybury and a full year of events and celebrations are being planned.
The church is hoping to bring the local community together in their celebrations and look, not only to raise much needed funds for the redecoration of the church, but also to give something back to the community through providing fun activities and donations to local causes.
The church is a centre piece of the local community, providing a place of worship, a setting for celebrations, and support to local schools and organisations.
Staff and event organisers are encouraging all those members of the community who have had anything to do with the church, along with new visitors, to come along and get involved in the celebrations planned throughout the year. They also hope to raise the profile of the church within the local community and further afield.
Reverend Ysmena Pentelow said: "Over the year we will be fundraising for two areas of work. Firstly for the fabric of the church, to ensure it remains in the best condition for at least the next years, and secondly we will be raising money for a local community project to support work with those with learning difficulties in our community.
"The first two events of the year have been wonderfully well supported and it has been lovely to see people of all ages sharing in the celebrations together.
"These events were a service and a talk on St Paul given by the Revd Dr Canon Dennis Stamps - Rector of Harpenden, and a Big Band night with the bands of Roundwood Park School."
The events planned for the rest of the year include special commemorative services and key note speakers, a flower festival, an anniversary meal and a celebratory ball.
Reverend Pentelow said: "This anniversary year gives us a chance to celebrate the history of Langleybury Church, both the building and the people.
"During the year we will look back over our history, reflect on the present church and local community, and look forward to our future together in this place.
"We look forward to welcoming present and past members of the community and church at events and services throughout the year. Former choir members are invited to a "come and sing" service on Sunday, September 28."