Marie's January Article

27 Dec 19

January 2020
It’s a strange feeling as we grow older to see the world changing from day to day and the world we knew disappears.  I was reminded of this when I went into Lloyd’s chemist and asked if they had any Lint.  The young lady who was serving said, “Do you mean the chocolates?”  I explained it’s for dressing wounds.  Then the following week I asked for Kaolin.   The pharmacist said they no longer sell it and even he had to smile as the assistant hadn’t heard of that either.

Christmas 2019 seemed to creep up on us without any warning.  The weather and politics seemed to be the only subjects, as torrential rain in November was relentless causing devastating flooding in the North and North East of England.  In fact it hardly stopped raining for the whole of November. Then we had a breather as December started with frost and sunshine.

As we go through life there are many signs and sounds which lift our spirits and which we never grow tired of.  I love the sound of children laughing and playing; the sight of the first snowdrops; the Robin in our garden who rules the roost and likes human company.  What I wish we still had is carol singers visiting us.  However, it is a delight every week at St. John’s as the Hall is filled with singing, not only at Christmas but all year round.

I can believe in global warming when I see the change in dress.  When we were small as soon as Winter arrived, out came the jumpers and thick skirts and long trousers and jumpers for the boys.  The summer clothes were put away either to wear the next year or to hand down.  Jumpers which were too small were unravelled and re-knitted. Now I see little girls in flimsy dresses and perhaps a thin cardigan, and very rarely warm gloves and scarves.   Is global warming to blame?

Two of our Grandchildren were visiting us recently.  One was talking to us but the other was on his mobile ‘phone.  I said there should be one day a year when all mobiles are switched off, perhaps Christmas Day. They were horrified and both said they couldn’t be without their mobiles for a whole day.  Perhaps it was too much to hope for.
Let us pray at the beginning of a new year, new beginnings for those who need friendship and company, relief from pain for the sick and peace in every corner of the world.

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!