Marie's January Article

27 Dec 18

Well, 2019, let us hope this year doesn’t fly past as quickly as the last.  What do they say   “Time flies when you are enjoying yourself.”   Well, I must have had a whale of a time.  This is the time when lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions but I never do as I have seen so many of these broken  before even January is out, not always by those who made them but by circumstances.  I like to look back over the past year and remember all the blessings we have had.  Our family kept healthy; we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary; we had increased consistent worshippers at St. John’s; we had some lovely social evenings with the friends of St. John’s.  Who could ask for more?

There are two months of the year – June and December when so much seems to be happening but once Christmas is over we have a lull until Spring.  Last December I went to a Nativity Play on the Tuesday, Wednesday dinner at the Blue Boar and Friday dinner at the White Hart.  I enjoyed the dinners but not as much as seeing our Great Granddaughter as the Angel Gabriel.

The last few weeks the birds have come back in abundance in our garden and also a Squirrel , who gets up to such antics to get at the bird feed.  In fact he is so acrobatic I think he is falling but of course he doesn’t.

I saw the following in a book and thought it was very appropriate.                                         “Discarded rubbish has its worth, so love the planet – save the earth.                           Bottles, cardboard, papers, tins .  Take them out to wheelie bins.                                           Showing that the people care, when recycling they all share.                                                        Just love the earth you’re living in, by walking to the nearest bin.”

My message to all is --All gloom be with the old year past and this year be happier than the last.  May it be a happy and healthy twelve months for us all.


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!