Marie's September Article

29 Aug 18

September, 2018

Isn’t it strange, the British obsession with the weather?  When we have the cold and dark of winter all we long for is sunshine and long summer days and everyone says it’s about time we had a good summer.  Well, this year we had our wish but was it what everyone had longed for? – No! Because everyone grumbled how hot it was.  Farmers and gardeners longed for rain and it was too hot to sleep.  Will we ever be satisfied?  Or will we look back on dark, icy nights and remember the sunshine we had; being able to sit outside and not worry about the rain and to go to outside events not being laden with raincoats. The following was on a notice board in the seventies at a Salvation Army Canteen – 

“As a rule man’s a fool.  

When it’s hot he wants it cool.  

When it’s cool he wants it hot.  

Always wanting what is not.”

As I see the houses going up in the fields around us, it reminds me of just after the war when Prefabs were built in the field behind our house.  The builders were Irish and all seemed to be called Pat or Paddy.  When they had a break we children would all gather round their brazier singing Irish songs with them, such as ‘Galway Bay’,  ‘If you ever go across the sea to Ireland’ and  ‘Danny Boy’.  Can you imagine the horror this would evoke today?  But the mothers knew we were perfectly safe and we were all so disappointed when the prefabs were finished.

As someone who loves flowers, I loved the following article;  In an 8 month study it was proved that men and women work better in an office environment where there are flowers.  Many of us knew this – isn’t that why we send flowers to loved ones in mid-February, in March to our mothers and to our friends on their birthday.  Flowers bring cheer to the sick and comfort to the bereaved.  In fact whether wild or cultivated, in a vase or in the wild, there is nothing that can quite inspire us like a flower.

Out of curiosity a young man typed a word into an Internet search engine.  In less than a second he got 63 million references to Jesus.  He changed the word to God and found 160 million references.  It seems that even in the world of cyberspace God is making His presence felt!

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!