Marie's July Article

29 Jun 18

July,  2018
Have you ever had a couple of weeks when everything seems to happen?  Well in the middle of May we had a barbecue for Dave’s 80th birthday the sun shone and everyone has a lovely time; had  a new top put on the carport; had to go up St. John’s Hall for installation of new cooker;  we had a new fridge/freezer; the Royal Wedding and the F.A. Cup Final.  However, amidst all this we went shopping and marvelled at the May blossom which was so magnificent and felt thankful for all our blessings.

When I was putting the fridge magnets back I recollected that they told a story. There were notices of weddings, some brought back from holiday by grandchildren, a school photo, my maiden name family crest, lots and lots of cartoon  characters and of course some handmade ones by children and grandchildren.  There was a real mixture of past and present.

Thank you to all who supported our Coffee Morning for ‘Childline’, a charity which is very close to my heart.  £l05 was raised; the sun shone for us and it was nice to just sit and chat.

The very first thing we English do in a crisis is put the kettle on and make a cup of tea. Rudyard Kipling wrote  -  “ We had a kettle , we let it leak; our not repairing it made it worse. We haven’t had any tea for a week; the bottom is out of our universe”.  A bit of an exaggeration but William Gladstone , the 19th century Prime Minister wrote this about his favourite brew  -  “If you are cold,  tea will warm you  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited it will calm you”. To me this rings very true.

The sun is the harbinger of many good things.  The lonely take heart, the poor have wings.  The sun brings new life, new hope, new joy.  Gifts both young and old can enjoy.  I am sure you will agree with me that when the sun shines and we have lots of daylight, it cheers everyone.
Marie Cove.

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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!