June 2021 Magazine

01 Jul 21

Please see below an update on church services for June 2021

(As at 24th May 2021) 

Following proposals from the Reverend John Langlands and consultation  with PCC members in Arley and Ansley, it has been agreed that one service a week will be held in the benefice, at each building in turn, from Sunday 23rd May.  The pattern for June’s services can be seen below.  We will have met twice for public worship by the time this magazine is circulated and hope that everyone will have had notice of the resumption of services in church.  It is wonderful that we can meet each other for worship again and have very much appreciated the arrangements made by the Rev. John to deliver services and regular mid-week updates through the past weeks of lockdown.  Social distancing, the use of hand sanitiser and wearing of masks will still be required. Please continue to use the church website, www.ansleychurch.org or phone a churchwarden (see front of magazine) for the latest information. 

Reverend John’s Last Services in the Benefice Church Buildings

 6th June       St John’s                10.30 a.m.

13th June    St Michael’s    10.30 a.m.  (Damp issues resolved in the short term.)

20th June      St Wilfrid’s              10.30 a.m.

27th June      St Laurence’s          10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. 

 From the Registers

No entries this month. 

Farewell to Reverend John and Frances

It is sad to have to say goodbye to the Reverend John as he takes early retirement, and Frances at the end of this month.  They have given wholeheartedly of their time and energy over the past three years and have been much appreciated by church members and the local community.  St John’s congregation plan to bid them farewell at the 6th June service and their final services in Ansley Parish will be the morning and evening ones at St Laurence’s on 27th June, when further farewells will be made.  We pray for Frances’ health to further improve and for the Reverend John to have a restful July as he and Frances wait on the Lord to give them guidance on what the future should hold for them.  Do come along on whichever Sunday(s) you can manage in June, whether as a regular or as a special occasion to show your appreciation for the time Rev. John and Frances have been with us.  Obviously though, everyone will understand if you don’t feel comfortable being out and about then.  Our farewells will need to be in line with any restrictions in place at the time. 

What happens next?

It has been agreed by the PCC that the pattern of one service per week in the Benefice should continue through July and August.  Services will be held by visiting ministers or lay readers approved by Coventry Diocese.

A Zoom meeting was held on Wednesday 12th May, with the Archdeacon Missioner, the venerable Barry Dugmore, Assistant Area Dean, the Reverend Gail Phillip and churchwardens from  Ansley and Arley to discuss aspects of filling the vacancy in the Benefice, including preparing to consider the Parish Profile etc.  Following this meeting another Zoom meeting for the same people has been arranged for Thursday 10th June at 7.30 p.m. at which the Archdeacon Pastor, the Venerable Sue Field will talk through the day to day running of a parish in vacancy, talk about what happens next and answer any questions.    

The wardens would be grateful for your prayers that forthcoming meetings may go well and that, led by the Holy Spirit the best decisions will be made for the next stage in the life of the church in Ansley. 

Visitations 2021

It is a legal requirement for Churchwardens to attend an annual Archdeacon’s Visitation service at which the Wardens are sworn in to office and commissioned for a year of service.  Again your wardens would appreciate your prayer support as they prepare for a busy year ahead. 

From the PCC


1.    The minutes of the 2020 APCM were approved.

2.    The Wardens, Mrs Moreen Freestone and Mrs Margaret Antill were elected.

3.    Mrs Margaret Oliver and Miss Diana Kealey were appointed Deputy Wardens.

4.    Present PCC members and positions:-

Mrs Moreen Freestone  Minute Secretary

Mrs Margaret Antill   Treasurer

Miss Diana Kealey  Electoral Roll Officer and Deputy Lay Chairperson

Mrs Margaret Oliver Lay Chairperson

Mrs Bernice Wilkinson

Mrs Sue Pearson

Mrs Debbie Smith

Mrs Margaret Kimberley

5.    Deanery Synod Representatives are Mr Phil Rees and Mr Anthony Truelove.

6.    Number on Electoral Roll - 51 

Following the APCM a short PCC meeting was held to appoint officers as shown above. 


It has been noticed that five metres of churchyard wall towards the south west corner of the site is showing signs of significant mortar loss.  The repair will need to use lime mortar and original stone.  It has been recommended by our architect that this work should be done before winter to avoid further deterioration and this is being arranged. 

The total sum returned from donations of clothes put in the Salvation Army bin in the corner of the car park for the year was £20.45.  This will be placed in the churchyard fund and be used towards the costs of grass cutting and maintenance.

 Flower Festival 2021                                                                                  

Last year’s online festival, was nerve-wracking to organise and present, but  turned out to be successful and enjoyable.  This year’s festival is being planned to take place in church, restrictions permitting, but with significant differences to our pattern in former years as the Covid 19 situation is still unpredictable.  It will have the theme ‘Remember’.

 Trying to plan an event in these times is not straightforward but we hope to have enough helpers to act as greeters in church and to sell refreshments and produce.  The number of displays will be in keeping with the uncertainties faced by the organisers.  We hope and pray that regular visitors will be confident enough to come and that new ones will be attracted along too.

 Over the last fifty six years, God has guided the planning and presentation of each Flower Festival.  Almost £72,000 has been raised and donations over £2,000 have been to local charities.  This year the PCC has agreed to donate a total of 10% of the proceeds to the Friends of George Eliot Hospital and the Acorn Hospice, our usual charities in recent years. 

 As we move forward in faith, we pray that God will be with us again and that we will be able to welcome many visitors to our church once more.

 Open Gardens Reminder.

As detailed in last month’s magazine insert, a National Garden Scheme Open Gardens event is being held in Ansley on Sunday 27th June from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m.  Parking will be available at the Village Church Hall (CV10 9PS), or on the farmland opposite 1a Birmingham Road. Each garden is within walking distance (Park Cottage 25 minutes but parking available here).  There is very limited parking at the other gardens for those with very restricted mobility. 

 Open Church 2021

The church building will be open for visitors between 12.00 midday and 6.00 p.m. on Sunday 27th June and each Sunday from then on until September.  In previous years visitors have appreciated this opportunity to  sit in this quiet space, to pray or to ponder or to remember their loved ones.  You are always welcome.


Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation remembered in prayer during  this time of disruption, please make contact by email or phone one of the following. 

Rev. J. Langlands    024 7667 5236 email jlanglands@sky.com

Margaret Antill          018 2787 4520

Moreen Freestone    024 7638 1833

Margaret Oliver         014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            02476395089


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We are waiting for a new appointment. We ask your prayers for this process.

Unfortunately Rev. John is no longer with us and we are without a vicar at present,  but the church is still here

Please contact one of the wardens

Margaret Antill 01827 874520 or  077889 17822

Moreen Freestone 024 7638 1833

Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089

Margaret Oliver 01455 822822

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