Rev John's September Jottings

29 Aug 18

‘All is safely gathered in’!

We have just celebrated the 54th Flower Festival at St Laurence Church, Ansley.  A huge amount of work has gone into this annual flower festival once again.  A great big, ‘THANK YOU’ to all who contributed and supported this in any way to make the event so worthwhile and successful!

We are now in the season of Harvest Thanksgiving services at St John’s Ansley Common and later next month at St Laurence’s Ansley. In the past, such occasions were celebrated by whole village communities but times have greatly changed. New generations have sprung up who no longer know the traditional harvest hymns such as, ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ and ‘Come ye thankful people come, raise the song of harvest home.’  There seems to be less public acknowledgement of God’s provision at Harvest time. ‘All is safely gathered in, ‘ere the winter storms begin,’ has not so much significance today as it once had.  However, someone has said, ‘If God did not exist we would have no-one to thank for the fruits of creation.’

As well as thanking our farmers and those involved all along the food chain to produce enough food for us to eat on our plates, let’s not forget that, ’All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above.’  As another hymn of harvest reminds us:

Summer and winter, springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness,

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.  

May you enjoy the benefits of another good harvest, but don’t forget to say, ‘Thank you!’

Rev. John

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Flower Festival 2018

The theme of Reconciliation was portrayed around the church and our new vicar was able to speak on the subject at each of our 4 services. The theme was chosen in recognition of the centenary of the diocese of Coventry, recognising the reconciling work that is carried out ...

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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!