Christmas Tree Festival 2018

26 Sep 18

The 2018 Christmas Tree Festival will be our 13th, and each year we have always amazed at the ingenuity of the many individuals and organisations that take part in this community event. With 60 trees around our ancient church, as well as other displays on the Christmas theme, the church looks so very festive.

As usual the event will commence on Saturday 8th December and will be open each weekend up to Christmas. Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon - 6 p.m. During the event there will be hot drinks and mince pies available in the annexe. The church can also be opened by arrangement for groups during the week.

Admission will continue to be £2.00 per person, and accompanied children under 12 will be free. The proceeds will be in aid of Church funds, with a donation of 20% being given to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.

On Friday 21st Jess and Richard Arrowsmith with special guest Jo Maher will again be performing a concert of traditional English songs and music with Christmas carols included. Tickets £10 payable at the door with light refreshments during the interval. This is really well received each year.

This Festival is enjoyed by all ages, especially the “Wow” factor when entering the building with all the lights around. Last year there were titles such as “Jolly Dolly,” “Sing choirs of angels,” Winter Wonderland, Peter Rabbit and Friends and Hammer Tree.

There were the usual trees that we have each year e.g. the Poppy Tree, which this year will be very poignant. The Remembrance Tree where visitors can put the names of loved ones on a star and make a £1 donation toward cutting the grass in the churchyard. In the vestry there will be the Prayer Tree and also the opportunity to light a candle.

 Other than the trees, there are a selection of Christmas and winter displays some of the windows and suspended from the arches and ceiling etc. As well, as in previous years, there will be a crib on the altar to remind all of us that the gift to mankind of the baby Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas.

The report and photographs of last year’s festival can found at

http://ansleychurch.org/articles/articles.php?id=680 .

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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!