Rev John's Jottings for July

29 Jun 18

Rev John’s Jottings

It is now just one month since I started as your new vicar in the parish and it has been a real pleasure for me to be invited to the numerous community activities alongside regular church services and functions around and about. 

This month of July will see the start of holidays for schools, colleges and universities.  It’s a good time to enjoy a break from the usual routine, if you are able, to relax and recharge the batteries.  For students, thoughts can be focused on the future and can bring a mixed sense of trepidation or exhilaration as new possibilities lie ahead.  For those who are retired, isn’t life one long holiday?! Or perhaps it’s not quite like that with getting older and health not being quite what it used to be.

For football fans, the prospect of another World Cup final is looming this month and nail-biting times may be lying ahead for England supporters.  When I get the chance to watch some of the matches, what struck me is the footballers you may see praying as they come on to the pitch or during the match or at the end of the match.  In one instance, I noticed two players of opposing teams joining together in a brief prayer on the pitch at the end of a match.  It was a special moment which spoke no doubt to many who saw them, of the power of faith in bringing together two opponents in God’s love. We see so much discord and division in our world at home and abroad. More than ever do we need to see relationships transformed by God’s love expressed in reconciliation and forgiveness. 

So, as the prospect of holidays may be coming for you in July and August, or if you are laid aside with age and illness, it could be a good time to take stock and as a verse in the Bible says, ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.’  It could bring about an unexpected moment of transformation!

Wishing you a good month, 
Rev John.

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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!