Rev John's March Jottings

28 Feb 19

Rev. John’s Jottings

 

At St Laurence car-park there is a new addition!  It is something that will be for the benefit of those who are helped through the work of the Salvation Army – it is a secure clothes bank collection container.  It will provide a number of benefits to those who are struggling to provide the basic needs of life for themselves, as well as an opportunity to recycle used items of clothes.

 

I don’t know about you, but it never ceases to amaze me that in our country today there are still seriously high numbers of people who struggle to find a roof over their head, food on the table and clothes to keep warm.

 

It was the great William Booth who founded the Salvation Army in 1865, over 150 years ago, and it is still going strong today.  He probably would never have imagined from the slums of Victorian Britain that his organisation would be needed just as much today as it was when he founded it!  Today the Salvation Army operates in 111 nations and is one of the largest distributors of food and humanitarian aid in the world.

Though William Booth was born into a relatively wealthy family, he soon learned what it was to be poor.    After some bad financial investments by his father, the family was plunged into poverty.  It was his Christian faith that was to be the driving force in establishing the Salvation Army.

 

It’s so easy to condemn or brush aside those who are less fortunate than us.  ‘Stuff’ happens in life and none of us know what is round the corner.  It’s so easy to take all of life’s benefits for granted. The basis of much of the charitable works that exist in our country today is because of people of faith like William Booth.   Such people’s lives are always a challenge to my own meagre faith and response to those in need.

 

I hope together we can share in the task of reaching out to those in need.  Like the new addition to St Laurence’s car-park - what seems one small step, can be the means of a larger step to demonstrate love and care in action to our fellow human beings.

 

With all good wishes.

 

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!