Marie's August Article

29 Jul 19

August, 2019

What an exciting few weeks sports fans have had with cricket, Wimbledon and netball. When the World Cup cricket and the tennis were on the television at the same time, I wished we could watch two screens at once.  However, cricket will always take preference for me.

A Sunday School teacher was telling the story of the Prodigal Son.  She explained the father’s delight after welcoming the return of his son.   She said there was someone for whom the feast brought only bitterness and resentment, referring of course to the son who had stayed with his father.  She said, ‘Do you know who it was?’
‘Yes miss,’ said one eager little boy, ‘It was the fatted calf.’

In an Italian village it was the custom to carry a large statue through the streets on certain occasions.  It was old and made of brown clay.  It was known as “The Ugly Madonna”.  When a new priest came to the village, he suggested that rather than be carried by 4 men it could, with dignity, be carried on an open lorry.  The priest hated the statue and hoped it might fall and break and sure enough, as it rounded a steep bend, the statue fell and shattered.  Everyone gasped in horror and then with delight for inside the clay was a beautifully carved one.  It had been hidden for safety before the war.  It was carried back to the church with pride and became known as “The Fair Madonna”.  The saying is true that we shouldn’t judge anyone or anything by outward appearance only.

I think of August as the month of fun when school books are put away and tests and exams are things of the past and even birds and animals are happy as they watch their young grow. This month is the fulfilment of Spring, as fields are ready for harvest and our gardens are full of flowers galore.  We can enjoy long August days and shady nights as worries are forgotten and put to flight.

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 Curate 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!