December Magazine

28 Dec 21

Please see below an update on church services for December 2021

(As at 23rd November 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 December

  5th December       St John           10.30 a.m.  Family Service  

12th  December       St Laurence    10.30 a.m.  Christingle

19th  December       St John           10.30 a.m.  Family Service

                               St Laurence      6.30 p.m.  Carol Service

24th  December       St John             9.00 p.m.  Holy Communion

25th  December       St Laurence    10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion

26th  December       No service  

From the Registers

The funeral of Doreen (Dorrie) Morewood took place at St Laurence on 29th October, followed by cremation at Nuneaton Crematorium.  Doreen, nee Chilton, hailed from Hartshill, marrying Ron Morewood of Manor Farm, Ansley.  The marriage produced five  children: Steven, Colin, Pamela, Andrew and Kevin.  Ron and Doreen became regular churchgoers at Ansley, sitting in the same spot and were renowned for their friendliness and kindness.  Doreen put others first and her generosity knew no bounds.  She relished bringing up her children, imbuing them with her values.  She doted on her eight great grand children.  Latterly, Doreen became disabled, eventually moving into care in 2016, where she spent her last years.  Until the pandemic she enjoyed visits to Ansley Hall House, which she helped to buy – a place she loved.  The carers at The Stables, Hartshill recognised Doreen’s qualities, especially her lovely smile.  Sadly she died on 8th October. 

The church family remember Doreen, her family and friends in their prayers. 

Christmas 2021

Please note: There will be a Carol Service at St Laurence at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 19th December. 

A Holy Communion service has been arranged for St John’s on Friday 24th December at 9.00 p.m.

There will be Holy Communion at St Laurence at 10.30 a.m. on Christmas Day.

The PCC has agreed not to hold a service in Ansley parish on Sunday 26th December.

The change to our normal pattern of services at Christmas is because of the difficulty of finding worship leaders while we are without a vicar and because Christmas Day is on a Saturday. 

Christmas Tree Festival 2021

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.

On Saturdays visitors are welcome from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 noon to 6.00 p.m. The church can also be opened by arrangement for groups to visit during the weeks of the festival.

As in previous years there will be a Prayer Jar for personal petitions and a Memorial Tree for names and messages remembering loved ones.  A suggested donation of £1 per star will be put in the church yard fund to help with the mowing costs

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.

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!

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.

Nursery Hill School and the ARC School will be holding their end of term carols, readings and live music concerts in the church.


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.  For tickets email or phone 0793265790.  This performance is really well received each year.


Trees can be dismantled on Monday 27th December from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. and Tuesday 28th December from 9.00 to 10.00 a.m.  Please let us know if you cannot make those times. 

Christmas Wreaths

Orders may be given to Margaret Antill.  Holly only wreaths will be £7.00 and holly wreaths plus ribbon will cost £7.50. 

St John’s Hall

The Christmas Bingo session will be on Monday 6th December at 7.00 p.m.

The Carol Social will be on Friday 17th December at 7.00 p.m.  It will be an American format (bring your own food) and proceeds will be for Cancer Research. 

Remembrance Sunday

The weather was sunny and not too cold as we processed to the war memorial to place wreaths in memory of the dead and injured from two World Wars and later conflicts.   

Spurgeons Bring and Buy

Thank you to all who donated so generously to this charity. A total of £407.91 has been sent to Spurgeons for their work with children and families in the UK. 

Prayer Meeting

There will no meeting in December.  The next prayer meeting in the Annexe will be on Tuesday 25th January from 2.00 to 3.00 p.m.  All are invited to come along to join in prayers for the life of our church.  Thank you Brenda for preparing and leading these sessions. 

Christmas Fayre at St John’s Hall and Christmas Raffle at St Laurence

 Reports next month. 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal

Nine boxes have been forwarded for distribution. Thank you for supporting this charity.

Christmas Memorial Service

M G Evans and Sons invite you to St Mary’s Church, Atherstone on Thursday 9th December at 7.00 p.m. for this service followed by refreshments in the church.  Any enquiries to M G Evans on 01827 713240. 

From the PCC

Ansley church will launch a new more up to date website in the New Year.  More details later.

The PCC regrets that to prevent excessive handling Christmas cards should not be left on the pew in church this year.  It will be the sender’s responsibility to hand over cards in person. 

Health and Safety

The PCC is implementing the requirements for the provision and sale of food items under Natasha’s Law, which deals with giving clear information about possible allergens on food wrappers.

Wishing all our readers joy and peace this Christmas!

.Prayer Request

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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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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