Flower Festival 2018

29 Aug 18

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 around the world.

 

 The titles of the displays included “They shall beat their swords into plough shares and their spears into pruning hooks,” The whole creation join in one,” “War shall be no more,” “His wounds have paid my ransom,” “Thy Kingdom come” and on the alter “Father Forgive.”

 

 There were many hours of work carried out by a great many people in preparing for this event. Not just in creating the displays, but in making cakes, publicising, cleaning and tidying the churchyard. All this work was freely given and helped make it the wonderful event it was.


 The weather this Bank Holiday Weekend was not as favourable as in 2017, but despite the heavy rain on the Sunday at no time were we without visitors. The comments given were as in previous years, all very favourable, encouraging and rewarding. As usual the atmosphere that accompanies our Flower Festivals did not change, the friendship and fellowship that is created in both the working together and helping one another was maintained. Plus the meeting of returning and new visitors, and generally everyone doing their best to make the festival as rewarding as it has become.

 Although not a record this year the generosity of the visitors has also made it a financial success, with a total of over £3,200 raised. It will mean that just over £400 will be sent to Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends and the same amount to the Acorn Children’s Hospice. The remainder being for church funds.

 The church members would like to thank all those who help and support them in this event each year.

 

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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!