On 1 October 2009 the new Benefice of Langelei was created establishing the new Langelei Team Ministry. The benefice comprises four separate parishes – Holy Trinity Leverstock Green, St Benedict’s Bennetts End, St Mary’s Apsley End and All Saints’ Kings Langley. Each parish has its own Parochial Church Council responsible for managing local affairs and the Team Council is responsible for oversight of the whole benefice, determining policies on mission, ministry and pastoral care.
The process leading towards the creation of the new benefice has taken several years but now offers the churches the huge opportunity of working collaboratively, harnessing the considerable resources at the disposal of all the churches.
The name of the new benefice ‘Langelei’ originates from domesday times and it means ‘long valley’ or ‘long meadow’ this being the name of the geographical area now roughly covered by the new benefice.