November 2021 Magazine

28 Nov 21

Please see below an update on church services for November 2021

(As at 24th October 2021)

To aid ventilation the church door will be open or ajar during services.  Please make sure you are dressed warmly as the weather gets cooler.

Hand sanitiser will continue to be available.

People can choose where to sit and should move to another spot if they feel uncomfortable at any point.

The QR code will be available but lists are no longer needed.

People can wear masks if they wish but it is no longer a requirement to do so. 

There is no restriction on singing. 

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. 

Ansley Parish Services in October

  7th November     St John           10.30 a.m.   Family Service

14th Novemer        St Laurence    10.30 a.m.   Remembrance Sunday

21st November      St John           10.30 a.m.   Family Service

28th November      St Laurence    10.30 a.m.   Morning Worship 

From the Registers

Brian Whordley’s ashes were interred with his parents on 5th October.  He died aged 84. 

The ashes of Violet Bennett, who died aged 91, were interred with her parents on 12th October.

We remember both families in our prayers. 

Remembrance Sunday

This service on 14th November will follow the normal pattern.  Wreaths will be taken to the altar for a blessing during the short service. After the two minutes silence, the congregation will process along the road for the placing of the wreaths at the foot of the War Memorial.  

Spurgeons Bring and Buy

On Wednesday 17th November, there will be an opportunity to raise some funds for Spurgeons, a charity which supports children and families in the UK.  Collection boxes can be brought along, items can be donated for Bring and Buy or you may wish to donate a cash sum.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. 

Prayer Meeting

The monthly prayer meeting will be on 23rd November in the Annexe at 2.00 p.m.  You are very welcome to come along.  This is an informal session.   You may want to join in or you may wish to listen quietly. 

Christmas Tree Festival

Following the very different “virtual” festival last year, preparations are in hand to open the church to visitors on the three weekends before Christmas for this event.  A risk assessment has been prepared and we expect to have the usual 60 trees in or around the church.  Some trees that are usually in the chancel will be placed outside the church to avoid crowding.

The festival will begin on Saturday 4th December and end on 19th December.  Opening hours on the Saturdays will be 11.00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 12.00 noon to 6.00 p.m. on Sundays.  The church can also be opened by arrangement for groups to visit during the weeks of the festival.

Hot drinks and mince pies will be available from the Annexe, to take away or consume at a small number of tables in the Annexe or outside.  Please dress warmly!

Admission remains at £2.00 per person and accompanied children under 12 will have free entry.  Proceeds from the Festival will be in aid of church funds with 10% being given to Mary Ann Evans Hospice.

This festival is enjoyed by all ages starting with the special “wow” factor when a visitor enters and sees the trees with all their colourful lights.  As in previous years there will be a crib at the altar to remind us all that the gift to mankind of the baby Jesus holds the true meaning of Christmas.

We are very pleased to announce that, on Friday17th December, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, with special guest Jo Maher, will be  performing a concert of traditional English songs and music including carols.  If they cannot appear in person because of Covid, the concert will be held on “Zoom”, as it was last year.  The cost and ticket availability will be advised later.  This performance is really well received each year.

Please let us know if you would like a tree to decorate.  Help with putting the trees into pots would be very welcome on Monday 29th November.  Please check when the trees are due to arrive that day. 

Christmas Raffle (NOT the Christmas Cake Raffle!)

The PCC felt at the time of planning the raffle that it may be more difficult to sell tickets this year. Because of this there will be 4 good prizes.  Tickets will be in books of five strips at a cost of £1 a strip or £5 a book.  Help with selling tickets will be much appreciated. Please collect them from church or ask a church member to bring some to you.  The raffle will be drawn in the Annexe after the morning service on Sunday 28th November. 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal

Please make sure you take a leaflet or refer to the website to ensure you know what can be included as gifts.  The boxes will need to be brought to church by Sunday 14th November.  A search on the Samaritans website will give you the details. 

St Laurence Harvest Thanksgiving

The church was beautifully decorated, with the sun streaming through the windows.  The service was enjoyed by all who came, especially as we were able to receive communion at the altar rail.  This was our second Holy Communion service since March 2020 and our first Evensong service since then was also much appreciated.

Thank you to all who sent fruit, vegetables, packaged food items or cash to support our harvest services.  Ansley Village Allotment Association gave fresh vegetables and children from the ARC school in Ansley brought food boxes.  The Salvation Army was delighted to receive all the produce and the £133 cash donation.  Cans, packets and jars were distributed through food parcels. The fresh fruit and vegetables were used to provide meals for the hungry. 

Art Exhibition and Sale 2021

The members of Ansley Village Art Group had a very successful day on Saturday 18th September.  There were 78 visitors.  Sixteen paintings were sold and a good number of cards. Thank you to the artists who donated a percentage of their income from sales and to all who baked cakes and helped on the day or with preparations and tidying up.  With sales of refreshments the total given to St Laurence came to £80.50. 

Bingo at St John’s Hall

The first session of Bingo at St John’s Hall since March 2020 took place on Friday 22nd October.  £100 was made for hall funds and a good time was had by all.  Everyone was pleased to be getting back to some form of normality. 

From the PCC

Car park

It is with regret that, because of misuse, the PCC may decide to restrict access to the carpark during November.  Please contact a churchwarden for up to date information.   


The final amount raised by the Flower Festival was a very pleasing £2950.  The League of Friends of Nuneaton Hospitals was sent £200 and a further £200 was sent to Acorn Hospice from this event.


The profile of the parish that we have been preparing should be finalised in the next week or so.  Once this is done, it will be sent to the Diocese for their sections to be completed.  The next step then will be to advertise the post.


A page in the magazine will be available for an advertisement from January 2022.  If you, or someone you know, may be interested please get in touch.

Service Rotas

It is very pleasing that once again members of the congregation are able to read lessons and present the intercessions.  Thank you to all who contribute to services in this way. 


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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