Abbey Lane Welcomes New Minister


Members of the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Church and partners from the Church of England and other local churches gathered at Water Lane United Reformed Church, Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday 5th September for the induction of Revd Caroline Vodden into the West Essex and Bishop’s Stortford Pastorate.
Caroline joins Revd Roy Fowler to complete the United Reformed Church team ministry covering Abbey Lane and Newport United Reformed Church, Saffron Walden; Stansted Free Church; Bishop’s Stortford United Reformed Church and Clavering Local Ecumenical Partnership. Caroline and her husband Paul have moved to Saffron Walden from Broadstone in Dorset.
A spokesman for Abbey Lane United Reformed Church said “We are delighted that Caroline has joined the ministerial team and look forward to her ministry in the town and across the pastorate.”

New Minister

We are delighted that Rev Roy Fowler has accepted a call to serve as the full time United Reformed Church minister across the West Essex & Bishop’s Stortford (WEBS) pastorate. WEBS covers Abbey Lane & Newport URC, Stansted Free Church, Clavering Local Ecumenical Partnership and Water Lane URC in Bishop’s Stortford.

Roy’s induction service will be held on Saturday 18th October at 2pm, in Abbey Lane Church

Iona Pilgrimage for Peace & Justice

Iona Pilgrimage

for Peace and Economic Justice

Iona 19th May – London 20th July, 2013

Below are details of the timings and route of the Iona Pilgrimage:

Sunday 14th July – Second Sunday Special

14.00/14.15  Join the Pilgrimage at the lay-by with the refreshment

caravan just north of the Genome Campus to walk five miles to

Abbey Lane.

16.00  Pilgrimage will arrive at Abbey Lane.

16.30  Hot meal for the core group of pilgrims.

18.30  Iona Evening Prayer at Abbey Lane followed by refreshments.

Monday 15th July

08.30   Pilgrimage will depart from Abbey Lane

10.00   Pilgrimage will arrive at Newport URC, Wicken (Buntingford) Road

10.30   Iona Morning Prayer, coffee and cakes.

11.00   Pilgrimage continues to Buntingford


Church Barbecue Saturday 15th June

Join us for a summer barbecue from 5.00pm to 8.00pm in the gardens at Abbey Lane Church

Games & Raffle. Tickets: Adults £6 – Children £3

from Val Bowtle (01799 526271)

Sunday Club in April

The next meeting of Sunday Club will be on 21st April at 9.30am

All children of primary school age are welcome. We enjoy music, making things and playing games. At 10.30 we join the congregation for the first and child-friendly part of the morning service, before continuing our own activities until 11.45.

Coffee Morning

Please join us for our Coffee Morning on Saturday 6th April from 10am to Noon


Proceeds will support Uttlesford Parkinsons Support Group and Church funds

Coffee Morning

Please join us for our coffee morning at Abbey Lane on Saturday 2nd March, 10.00am to midday.

Proceeds to Christian Aid and church funds

Coffee Morning Saturday 2nd February 10.00am

Please join us for our monthly Saturday morning Coffee Morning in the vestry at Abbey Lane Church

This month we are raising funds for Radwinter Road Hospital League of Friends and Church funds

The next coffee morning will be on Saturday 2nd March, supporting Christian Aid and Church funds

February Discussion Group

The next meeting of the Abbey Lane Discussion Group will be on Wednesday 6th February at 8.00pm in Abbey Lane Vestry.

Mark Hayes will be leading a discussion on ‘Same Sex Relationships, Marriage and Civil Partnerships’.