Rev John's May Jottings

29 Apr 19

How time flies!  It will be a year this coming June that I will have been with you as vicar in the parishes of Ansley and Arley. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge as the expression goes, personally, locally, nationally and internationally.

No doubt, we have all been shaken by the recent events in New Zealand, Sri Lanka, not to mention the deliberations over Brexit and even the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.  These events may leave us uncertain about a safe and secure future.  No matter how much wealth we amass or walls we build around us, none of us are immune from what lies round the corner.  It's easy to take much for granted and consider it our right to have.

It is that song by Simon and Garfunkel back in 1970 which still strikes a chord in many hearts and minds.  From a Christian perspective it clearly speaks of the person of Jesus.  We have just been celebrating Easter and the life-giving message of resurrection after death and it is truly amazing.  This is where the Christian faith rises above man-made philosophies and religions.

Over the next months, I and our churches in Arley and Ansley have to take stock and evaluate the future together.  Why don't you also consider taking stock of your life, where you're going and what meaning your life has.  Who will be by your side as you consider the words of this song?

When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all 
I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Wishing you God's blessing through another month!

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!