Marie's October Article

28 Sep 18

October,  2018

Welcome Autumn with all the sounds and sights it brings – the beautiful leaves of gold, yellow and orange and the nuts nestled among the leaves.  We await this time of year to replenish our conkers, as we put them on the window sills in the house to keep away the spiders, and believe me it really does work.

St. John’s has for the last few years given the Harvest offerings to the Salvation Army.  This year, as we took in our donation, the place was full of men and women having breakfast.  The smell was delicious; they were very thankful for our donation and it was a pleasure for us to see good works in action.

Bobby Jones was considered one of history’s greatest golfers, but for all his victories he’s famous for what happened in the 1925 U.S. Open.  He inadvertently touched his ball and assessed himself a one-stroke penalty, even though no one else saw him touch the ball.  He couldn’t violate his conscience.  By doing this he lost the Open by one stroke.  When tournament officials tried to compliment him for his integrity, Jones simply said, “You might as well praise me for not breaking into banks.  There’s only one way to play this game.”   Bobby Jones certainly played by the rules.

The age of technology moves on and it was great to see the rise of wind power getting bigger.  The wind farm they have built in Cumbria can power 600,000 homes. These turbines are enormous but best of all they use natural energy from the wind; they have been almost entirely made in Great Britain and are not belching harmful fumes into the atmosphere.  Let us hope more wind farms are constructed.

There is a legend that the first Chrysanthemum was created by a Chinese bride to be who was told that her marriage would last for as many years as the petals on the flower on her wedding dress.  She found a flower with 17 petals and carefully divided each petal into two, then four.  The marriage lasted 68 wonderful years.
  
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!