February Magazine

28 Mar 20

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday   2nd    4th before Lent 10.30 a.m.  Screen Service
                                                    6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   9th   3rd before Lent  10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
                                                    6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  16th 2nd before Lent 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
                                                   6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  23rd Next before Lent 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
                                                    6.30 p.m. Evensong

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services                                      
Sunday    2nd 4th before Lent      10.30 a.m.  Family Service  
Sunday    9th 3rd before Lent       10.30 a.m. Holy Communion  
Sunday  16th 2nd before Lent      10.30.a.m.  Family Service     
Sunday  23rd Next before Lent    10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Ash Wednesday  26th    7.30 p.m.    Joint Benefice Service  at St Wilfrids

From the Registers
Baptism
On 12th January Ivy Elizabeth Allton was baptised at St Laurence Church.  Her parents, Peter and Charlotte, godparents, family and friends gathered to celebrate this happy occasion.  The Reverend Peter Allen was pleased to be able to return to St Laurence to officiate at this service.  We welcome Ivy into our church family and wish her much love and joy in the years ahead.   
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Funerals
The Late Adrian Tatum died on 30th November 2019 aged 72.  A celebration of his life was held at St Laurence on 19th December 2019.  His wife, Pat, was supported by her daughter and her son with their families, his brother and by many members of the wider family.  Close friends and former colleagues were there too to share memories of Adrian’s working life, interests, hobbies, his sense of fun and above all his close relationships with family and friends.
Cars had always played an important part of Adrian’s working life as well as his hobbies.   Adrian especially liked watching ‘Only Fools and Horses’.
In the last months of Adrian’s life, his health and life slipped away due to Motor Neurone Disease.  Adrian Tatum’s ashes are buried in St Laurence churchyard.

The Late Patricia Beale died on 13th December 2019 aged 91.  Pat lived in Hinckley Road and then Ambleside Way, Nuneaton until John, her husband, passed away, after which she moved to Wiltshire to be close to Rosalind her daughter and her family.  Pat was a friend of St Laurence Church for many years and treasured her friends here.
Her daughter, son, their families and many other relatives were at the church to remember Pat.  The cremation service was taken by the Reverend Phillip Wells, the vicar of Polesworth Abbey and a close friend of the family.

Exploring Christianity
The next meetings are on Tuesday 11th February at 7.00 p.m. in the Barn, Old Arley or on Thursday 13th February at 7.00 p.m. in the Annexe, Ansley.
If you’ve not been before and would like to come along you will be very welcome.

Prayer Meeting – Tuesday 25th February in the Annexe at 2.00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday
This service to mark the beginning of Lent will be held at St Wilfrid’s this year at 7.30 p.m. on 26th February  Everyone in Ansley and Arley is welcome to come along and we invite our Methodist friends from Arley to join us too.  The new Archdeacon of Coventry, the Venerable Barry Dugmore will lead the service. 

ST LAURENCE PARENTS AND TODDLERS
We have received funding for this venture from the Big Local.  The group will meet for the first time on Thursday February 27th in the Village Church Hall, Birmingham Road, Ansley, from 10 – 11.30am.
The cost is £2 per family per session, and includes refreshments.
We will meet on the last Thursday of each month. The group is open to all, with priority given to families from Ansley and Arley.

World Day of Prayer Friday 6th March in St Wilfrid’s at 10.30am Zimbabwe

Christmas Tree Festival 2019 Report 
This now annual community event has once again proved a great success. It enjoyed a wonderful atmosphere, everyone working together to both set up and clear away, as well as during the three weeks of the event itself.

This year we had more new people decorating trees than we have had for some years and we also had the same number of applications as we had trees, something that doesn’t happen often. We were also extremely lucky with the weather, despite all the rain over the last few months, we only had the odd short shower over the three weekends, which encouraged people to make the effort to pay us a visit. In all there must have been well over 1,000 people through the church door in December, especially if we include the two school visits and the Melrose concert, as well as normal services.

There were some wonderful comments in the visitor’s book e.g.
“Beautiful and calming, very healing.”
 “Absolutely beautiful and heart-warming.”
“Tree-mendous !!! xx”

The amount of time that some people spent in making their decorations was evident.  Of particular note (and often thought to be machine made) were the handmade decorations of Hardanger embroidery on the “White Tree”.  Each decoration took 4-5 hours to make. Then there was the fun that the children of the nursery must have enjoyed while making their “Glitter Explosion” tree.  The children of Kettlebrook School showed ingenuity by making stars out of old Coke tins for their “Ghost of Christmas” tree which received many positive comments.

There were two recipients of the fruit cakes that were raffled. The first was won by someone who said,
 “I never win raffles and see them more as a donation.  If you could donate it to a local group on my behalf that would be lovely.” 
Having consulted the person who made the cake, the decision was taken to donate it to the Salvation Army, who used it at the Night Shelter on Boxing Day.
The second cake was won by 7 year old James who, rather than use his mother’s money, paid for the ticket out of his own pocket money. 

The final financial result was a record at £3016 of which £605 was donated to the Mary Ann Evan’s Hospice in Nuneaton.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard in so many different ways to make this festival such a wonderful community event which was greatly enjoyed by so many.

The Melrose concert
All the tickets for the concert on Friday 20th at 7 p.m. were sold out some days earlier. Every one enjoyed the wonderful performance.  The idea to use the words of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and to put it to 12 different tunes (along the lines of the radio programme “I am sorry I haven’t a Clue”) and for the audience to guess the tune being used was great fun.  You will be pleased to hear that Jess and Richard were able to donate £220, plus £10 which came in afterwards, to the church.  They have already booked the church for December 18th 2020.  We are very grateful to them for their continued support. 

From the PCC 
Please note that items left in the churchyard, such as Christmas wreaths or extra tributes will need to be cleared away before volunteers check the graves on Monday 24th February in preparation for the first grass cutting a few weeks later.  It is especially important that you remove any items of sentimental value that should not be in the church yard.  This is partly a practical matter, so the mowing is not impeded.  It is also carried out because Coventry Diocese expects its guidance for church yards to be followed so that this space for reflection may retain the character of a traditional Christian burial ground.  Flowers should be placed in non-glass containers, set into the stone.
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Prayer Requests
If you would like someone or a particular situation remembered in prayer at our Sunday Services, both at St. Laurence’s and at St. John’s, please hand the slip below to a member of the church congregation or contact a warden.  Phone numbers are on the front cover of this magazine.  Please remember that a visit can be arranged to anyone who is sick, but the wardens do need to know, so again please ring.

Please pray for ……………………………who is………………....................................

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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!