Marie's December Articel

27 Nov 19

I have always loved the night sky, especially seeing the moon as it passes through its phases and before I close the bedroom curtains at night, I look out to see if I can see the moon.  During the second World War when the siren went off and we had to troop down the garden to the air raid shelter, my Dad got really angry when I pointed out with delight the full moon which lit up the whole garden.  “Silly girl,” he said,“That is a fighter’s moon.”   Being so young I didn‘t understand what he was talking about, but he meant the light from the moon made it easier for the enemy pilots to see their targets.

Sarah Breedlove whose parents were slaves in America in the 19th Century, was orphaned at 6, married at 14, and widowed at 20 years old.  For many years she worked as a washer woman, struggling to support herself and her daughter. Then she had an idea – it was a recipe for a hair treatment.  She worked away in her washtub with soaps and ointments until at last she found a formula which would result in soft, shiny hair.  She moved to Colorado – she called her formula ‘Brilliantine’.    Sales flourished and she became well respected.

When we were having a very wet spell in mid November,  I found that this old pigeon  was having the time of his life.  We had a small puddle on our garden path and it was as if he was dancing in the water.  He was there ages and I wished I had a camera to record him.

They say you shouldn’t live in the past, but enjoy the present and look forward to the future.  But let’s face it.  If over the years people hadn’t told of their memories or written them down, the past would be a great void.  Every generation has special memories of loved ones and schooldays.  Those of us who are older have memories over long periods of time.  Photographs are one way to look into the past without boring everybody.

As winter unfolds and we look forward to the festive season, let us remember those, like our Saviour before them who had nowhere to lay his head, and thank God for those special people who forgo their own Christmas to care for those less fortunate.

May you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!
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!