Rev. John's Jottings for August

27 Jul 18

 –‘Stop the world, I want to get off!’

This is the month when the majority of families will be having some holidays together.  The children and students will be having at least six weeks break from their schools, colleges or universities.  Parents will be doing their best to keep them occupied and hopefully enjoy spending time relaxing and having fun together. 

Travelling to holiday destinations can bring us good or bad experiences.  The purpose of it all is that we may come back to our normal routine after a holiday feeling relaxed, refreshed and energized.  The same is true even if you are not going away – to be able to enjoy time off work, a break from the usual routine and be with family and friends.

Life itself is often described as a journey but there can be little thought given to life’s ultimate destination.  People can be so busy living and planning for the here and now that they avoid considering, ‘What actually is the purpose of my life?’

Holidays are a good time to take stock, step back and re-evaluate the direction of your life in an unhurried way.  A number of years ago there was a musical called, ‘Stop the world, I want to get off!’ Just looking at the news headlines and what may be happening around us, can make us want to do just that!  Holidays can give us the space look at things in a different perspective and return to normal life with renewed strength, purpose and hope.

It was Jesus who said, ‘Come apart and get some rest,’ and if we don’t come apart and take time off then we may literally, just come apart!

Wishing you all a good summer and hope you come back from your time of holiday ready to face any new challenges that lie ahead as well as having considered, ‘What is my life all about?’

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!