Marie's February Article

26 Jan 19

February, 2019

It seems like only a couple of weeks since we were rushing about and  worrying over Christmas presents, cards and food etc. and then it was a relief when it was all over, but a sadness too as we get back to our routine.

It is strange over the years how the seasons have changed.   When we were children November was a dreaded month with thick fogs, grey and cold; December and January were the months of ice and snow.  Our grandchildren have been longing for snow, but not older people.  This winter, although the days have been very grey and dark, the snow and ice have stayed away, but there is still time.  However, in the middle of January I picked a spray of Chrysanthemums from our garden and Daffodils were being sold in the shops.  

When I was 14 years old the Sunday School at Hartshill gave me an Autograph Book, when I became a Sunday School teacher.  Two years later, when I left school, I collected autographs from school friends and teachers.  It is almost filled with signatures and good wishes.  Autograph books, like photograph albums, are mostly a thing of the past, but it is a shame because both of these albums are a snapshot of the past.  My autograph book has some lovely rhymes in it¸ but one in particular made me smile.  One girl wrote –
“Love is a virtue, love is a passion. 
Love is a thing even Churchill can’t ration.”
This certainly dates the autograph book and me.

February we welcome you as shoots of green come peeping through.                                                                                      The Catkins are hanging like jewels fair, company for the Ivy who is always there.                                                                 The birds are hungry each and every day but they know Spring will very soon dawn.                                                                   So February we welcome you now and every bird on every bough.
  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!