Statement from the Reverend John Langlands

29 Jan 18

A time of change
Regular readers will notice that there has been a change this month to the normal format of this first page of the magazine.  Having been hoping for and working towards the appointment of a new worship leader for Arley and Ansley over what seems a very long time, we are now able to circulate the news that the Reverend John Langlands is to be our new minister.  He will take up his appointment in early June 2018.  This month, therefore, instead of the regular message from our Reader Gwyneth, we have inserted this statement from John, which gives some information about his life so far.  

Statement from the Reverend John Langlands
For the past 9 years we (my wife Frances and I) have been active in our local church at Allesley Park and Whoberley where I currently serve as an SSM curate (Self Supporting Minister).  I grew up in Glasgow and my first job was in London, where I met and married Frances, who grew up in a village in Essex.  We have two children and three grandchildren. For 23 years I was a Free Church minister and I have re-engaged in the business world since 2001, relocating to Coventry in 2008. 
During this time, God has been gradually moving me back into church ministry within the Anglican Church.  I was ordained Deacon in 2015 and priest in 2016.  Frances has been a Teaching Assistant at Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School, Tile Hill, for the past 9 years.
I became a full time church minister in rural Norfolk, where my call was to rural, pioneering, mission work which spanned thirteen years.  During these years, I not only committed myself to the growth of the village chapel, whose witness covered a wide geographical area but I ensured that I expanded my vision beyond the boundaries of Norfolk village life to the national needs of rural Britain.  I became involved in a number of Christian national rural organisations.  In 1992, the call of God took us to minister in the Harwich peninsula, North East Essex.  My grounding in rural work equipped me to recognise the importance of pastoral visitation and building strong individual and community relationships.  The gospel is for all ages and I am particularly aware of the importance of drawing alongside those of more mature years.
Working at E.on has brought me further understanding and experience of engaging in the secular world of work as a new mission field.  My move to Coventry enabled me to embrace responsibilities and ministries in my local Church and I believe these have helped to give me a more rounded and balanced life.
We are both fully involved in a variety of activities at St Christopher’s.  We are looking forward to meeting you all and serving God in partnership with the churches of Ansley and Arley. 

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We are now able to announce that the Rev. John Langlands will be joining us on the 3rd June 2018 details of arrangements will follow in due course. John's message is below Rev’d John & Frances Langlands For the past 9 years we...

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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the vicar of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

Being in a rural and farming area in the north part of Coventry Diocese is like coming home for us.  A number of years ago I pastored a church in rural Norfolk which was mainly surrounded by arable farms with some pigs and chickens.  The strong sense of community life was something very special.  This should be particularly valued in these days when many folk live such individual, separate and often lonely lives. 

We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!