Rev. John's Jottings

28 Nov 18

It’s coming to the end of one year and the beginning of another.  At such a time, I like to take stock and reflect on the past year.  Then I think about any new resolutions I may need to take on board in the year that lies ahead. 
How quickly time flies!
What special and important things have happened to you in 2018?  Has it been a good or a bad year for you?  With hindsight would you have done things differently?
Whatever your answers, there are two things we cannot stop – time and change!  It has been said,
 ‘Don’t count your years, but make your years count!’ and ‘finishing something is more important than starting it.  
I always find strength by finding time to be still and pray.  One of the great passages in the Bible says this –‘They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they will rise up on wings like an eagle, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.’(Isaiah chapter 40 verse 31)

I trust you will find much to be thankful for as you leave 2018 behind and have bright hope for tomorrow as 2019 unfolds so that you can indeed rise like the wings of an eagle!

With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Rev John
(Ansley churches motto: You will not walk alone. Together we are with you on life’s journey)

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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!