Rev John's January Jottings

27 Dec 18

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

I mentioned last month that it is a good thing at the end of one year and the beginning of another to take stock of our lives, pause, breathe in, then step forward with confidence into a new year.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people always seem to be in a rush, particularly when driving on the roads.  There seems to be no time to take in what is around, especially the lovely surroundings of our countryside.  Speed seems to be of the essence of life these days.  Some of you may recall the song, ‘If I only had time’ by pop star Gene Pitney:

So much to do,                                    Time, like the wind 
If I only had time, if I only had time. Goes hurrying by, and the    hours just fly.
Dreams to pursue,                               Where to begin?
If I only had time, they'd be mine.      There are mountains I'd climb, if I only had time.  
 
Over the past six months since I was appointed vicar in the parish, I have taken quite a number of funerals. Occasionally one of the passages I have spoken about has been about ‘time’ from the Book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 which says, ‘There is a time and season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…..’

It is important that we do not fool ourselves into thinking we do not have enough time to do what really matters.  And what does matter in life?  That’s what the churches in Ansley are here to help you discover.  Life does have a purpose and is worth living. 
I hope that as this new year unfolds, you will find time to do those things which really matter in life.  

As the famous prayer says – 

‘Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.’

With every blessing,

Rev John

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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!