September 2021 Magazine

29 Sep 21

Please see below an update on church services for September 2021

(As at 20th August 2021) 

During September there will be one morning service a week in the Benefice.  The PCCs of Ansley and Arley will be reviewing this pattern during September as they are very conscious that it is very difficult for some members of congregations to access churches other than their nearest one. 

Regular Services

Welcomers will continue to wear masks and gloves as appropriate.

Although there is no legal restriction on numbers worshipping in church, social distancing will be expected for the time being.

The suggestion that people still sit away from others is a precaution as we resume the singing of hymns.

Hand sanitiser should be used as we will be handling service sheets and hymn books.

Service sheets and hymn books will be handed to congregation on entry and are to be left at pews after the service.

A QR code will be available for use or name and phone number taken for Track and Trace.

Doors will be fastened open to minimise touching of surfaces and to increase ventilation.

Singing is now possible if you wish to do so.  Masks can be removed if there is a good distance between you/your group and other worshippers.

We trust  that these measures will enable people to feel safe to attend worship in church.  We hope that those who now feel confident about abandoning restrictions will understand our reservations at this time. 

These measures will be reviewed regularly and updates from the House of Bishops will be monitored. 

Please Note

Visiting clergy and service leaders may wish to tweak the measures mentioned above.

Their choices should be respected so they can feel comfortable as they lead us in worship. 

A service will continue to be sent out once a month by post to those who cannot attend church and do not have access to the internet.  If you have been receiving an e-mailed or posted service and you no longer require this, please let us know.

Service times and venues will be posted on the church website, or phone a churchwarden (see front of magazine) for the latest information. 

Occasional Services

There are no legal limits now on the number of people attending weddings, funerals, baptisms or other events.  Please phone a church warden if you have any queries about these. 

Joint Benefice Services in September

 5th Sept    St John’s      10.30 a.m.          

12th Sept   St Wilfrid’s       10.30 a.m.

19th Sept   St Michael’s  10.30 a.m        

26th Sept   St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m.

From the Registers

On 17th August the ashes of Blanch Johnson, who died last year, were poured into the ground in the area of the churchyard that forms the Garden of Peace by the Reverend G. Phillip.  Blanch had spent her early years in the parish. 

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Starting at 12 noon on Saturday 25th September we, as part of the diocesan family, are invited to explore God’s faithfulness at Coventry Cathedral. The afternoon will begin with the Litany of Reconciliation.   There will be three zones to move through with creative prayer stations and reflective areas for all ages.  There will be time for a picnic lunch, so please bring one with you.  The afternoon will finish with a family friendly Eucharist at

2.30 p.m.  You do not need to book a place – just go along and join in. 

Art Exhibition and Sale 2021

Ansley Village Art Group will be holding their annual art exhibition and sale in Ansley Village Church Hall on Saturday 18th September from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be available.  The displays will include artwork in a variety of media and sizes, so there should be something for everyone to appreciate.   

Samaritan’s Shoebox Appeal

It is surprising how quickly the time will pass between now and 15th November when the shoeboxes of gifts will need to be at the area collection point.  Guidance forms are available now. It is important that you read them as some items are unsuitable for inclusion. Please bring your box to church by the end of October. 

Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust

This year the fundraising day for the preservation and repair of church buildings is being held on Saturday 11th September.  We do not have a volunteer cyclist at the moment as he is incapacitated.  It is hoped to arrange a sponsored walk between local churches on a different day to raise funds for this charity.  Half of our donation will be returned to our church funds later in the year. 

57th Flower Festival 2021

Report next month 

From the churchwardens

Please bear with us as we pick up extra work during the interregnum.  We will do our best to meet the needs of all.  If you feel you have time and energy to help, either from home or out and about, do let us know.   As soon as possible we plan to reintroduce the regular rotas for reading the lessons and leading intercessions in services and for cleaning the church.  If you have any questions phone one of us and we will pass you on to the relevant person.

Prayer for meeting on 2nd sept important decisions re opening up and finding a new vicar.  We are in the next stage of drawing up the parish profile, which forms basis of the eventual advertisement, so it is important that it is right.

From the PCC

It was a joy to be able to sing in church during our service at St Laurence on the last Sunday in July and to hear the bells being rung for the first time in many months.


Work has been completed to repair a section of the churchyard wall below the car park. About 5 yards of wall was crumbling. The repaircost £750. This is specialised work. In the past odd bits of cement left over from work on gravestones have been put on the wall. Sandstone and cement are not a good mix. The repair has been done with lime mortar.


A £400 donation has been received, which was mainly for the churchyard fund with a small payment to General Fund. The church wardens are very grateful for this generous gift. Please remember we have to raise all the cost of grass cutting as we do not get any outside funding. 

Thank you

Thank you to cleaners of church, halls and annexe over the last months. The care takers at St John’s Hall and Ansley Village Church Hall especially deserve a mention. 

Prayer for meeting on 2nd sept important decisions re opening up and finding a new vicar.  We are in the next stage of drawing up the parish profile, which forms basis of the eventual advertisement, so it is important that it is right.

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. 

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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