Rev. John's April Jottings

01 Apr 19

Dear Friends,

Coming out of winter into Spring is always quite invigorating.  The days are getting lighter and longer, the temperature is rising, plant shoots are beginning to push through the ground, birds are building their nests and lambs and calves are being born.

Spring is a season of hope and new life.  It is also the season of Lent and Easter.  Lent is a very needful time of the year for a number of reasons.  When so many people today have little time to take stock of their lives and slow down, Lent is an ideal time to do so. It can be like a spiritual spring clean where there is the opportunity for a time of reflection, rest and confession by addressing our shortcomings and dealing with bad habits and attitudes.  Instead of pretending we are never at fault, it’s always the other person, Lent gives us the occasion to face up to ourselves in the light of God’s truth.  Lent also helps us to prepare for Easter.

Often Easter is merely seen as a time for holidays.  Yet for the past 2000 years around the world, Easter is still regarded as a major Christian celebration.  In actual fact, the message of the Christian church hinges on the truth of Easter.

What does Easter mean to you? And why?  

In a way, Easter is about the spiritual dimension of the physical nature of Springtime.  On the one hand, Good Friday is about the death of Jesus on the cross.  On the other, Easter Monday is about the empty tomb and of Jesus rising from death.  

If you want to know more about the true meaning of Easter, why not join us at church on our Lent journey at one of the joint Benefices Lent courses leading up to Easter.  You would be most welcome.  Don’t let the real meaning of Easter keep passing you by.

Wishing you all a very happy and meaningful Easter time.

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!