March Magazine

28 Mar 20

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday   1st     Lent 1 10.30 a.m.     Lent  Service
                                      6.30 p.m.     Holy Communion
Sunday   8th     Lent 2 10.30 a.m.     Lent Service
                                      6.30 p.m.     Evensong
Sunday  15th Lent 3  10.30 a.m.      Holy Communion
                                    6.30 p.m.      Holy Communion
Sunday  22nd Mothering 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
                                    6.30 p.m.      Evensong
Sunday  29th      Passion 10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion
                                    6.30 p.m.    Songs of Praise
St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services                                      
Sunday    1st Lent 1                    10.30 a.m.   Family Service 
Sunday    8th Lent 2                    10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion  
Sunday  15th Lent 3                    10.30.a.m.  Family Service     
Sunday  22nd Mothering              10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  29th Passion                 10.30 a.m.   Morning Worship

From the Registers
The funeral of John Toon took place at St Laurence on Tuesday 4th February.  He died on 8th January 2020, aged 75.  John grew up in Ansley and returned to his family home after some years away.  He worked in several local businesses.  His deep love for his Labrador dogs is remembered in the village.  We extend our condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues. 

World Day of Prayer
 All are invited to St Wilfrid’s, Old Arley on Friday 6th March at 10.30a.m. for a service prepared by the church in Zimbabwe.  The theme is ‘Rise, take your mat and walk.’

Exploring Christianity
The next meetings are on Tuesday 10th March at 7.00 p.m. in the Barn, Old Arley or on
Thursday 12th March at 7.00 p.m. in the Annexe, Ansley.  Please pray for our confirmation candidates and all who have been attending these meetings.

Mothering Sunday
St Laurence will be open to visitors on Saturday 21st March.  Special services for Mothering Sunday will be held on Sunday 22nd March at 10.30 a.m. 

Prayer Meeting
The next prayer meeting for St Laurence’s and St John’s congregations will be on Tuesday 24th March at 2.00p.m. in the Annexe.  All are welcome. 

Lent 2020 
No weekly meetings will be held during Lent this year.  The Diocese’s link to providing wells in Kaduna Province, Nigeria has ceased involvement in the project.  The PCC decided to give donations made during Lent this year to Water Aid instead,  

St Laurence Parents and Toddlers
The next meeting will be on Thursday 26th March from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in Ansley Village Church Hall.   The cost is £2 per family per session and includes refreshments.

Memorial Service
Last month’s memorial service was well attended.  Refreshments after the service were much appreciated by those who could stay, chat and support each other.

From the PCC
Finance -Yes we all need to be aware of this.  The church, like every other organisation, has to pay its way -or -(Well we don’t what to think of the consequence but in reality we must.)
Financially we have had a better year with some increase in our income but it is the reduction in our parish share of just over £4,000 that has had the most impact on our position.
Income - Many of our fund raising events showed an increase, as did our sundry donations.  The total of our Sunday collections is being maintained but on a weekly basis they vary greatly.  This shows members of our congregation are remembering that when they cannot attend they can ensure the church does not miss out financially by putting in extra the next time they come.  One way to aid remembering is to use the free will offering envelopes.  If you wish to know more please have a word. (Not to be confused with Gift Aid envelopes.)
What is especially apparent is that our occasional services (baptisms, weddings and funerals) can sometimes have very little if anything on the plate.  People attending services often do not have any cash with them.  To help remedy this, a card reader has been donated.  It has already been used a few times.
The increase in sundry donations of £1,000 was a great help but these donations are by their name very erratic.
Expenditure – The parish share figure in the accounts does not reflect the £4,000 reduction due to £1,644 being paid in January of the 2018 allocation.
Also electricity has had a big impact in the final total because our suppliers had muddled our meter readings and we have paid a total of £7,221 in 2019, but we owed £4,552 at the end of 2019.  (Please remember the church and annexe are both heated by electricity.) We are now up to date.
The new alarm system has increased our maintenance costs but this has been balanced by the reduction in our insurance costs.
There were no disaster fund collections last year and this has had an impact on the amount we have donated to good causes.
The parish share for 2020 has a 3% increase to £20,600 which is almost in line with the cost allocated for Rev. John’s time.
There are some occasional bills that will have to be met this year such as for work on our old photocopier which is in need of a service and some more toner.
Overall we are in a lot better state financially than we were at this time last year.

Fabric Fund – We have spent very little this year.  The fund increased by just over £3,000.  We received a bequest from the late Alan Cormack of £400 and donations in memory of M. Sutton and V. Ashton also helped boost the funds.

Churchyard Fund – This account did just make a small surplus, following the similar sized deficit last year.  The 25% increase in the fees received was partly because of the higher number of interments etc.  An increase in Gift Aided donations together with half the money given in memory of V. Ashton also help to explain the surplus.
The income received from the Salvation Army clothes bank amounted to £33.44.  Please do remember this when you next have a clothes sort out.

St. John’s Hall account and St John’s Services accounts both had a good year.  They both show a surplus of over £1,000.  The increase in hall hire and no major expenditure on the building helped to achieve this.  The services account surplus was around £2, the same as last year.

Village Church Hall account showed a very small surplus but there was quite a sum of hire fees awaited from the organisations that pay invoices at the end of the month.
Giving to others-.Overall between the two congregations we gave away a total of 5.12% of the income received.  Our aim is to give 5% to worthy charities so to be slightly over this year will help make up the short falls of the last few years.
We are very grateful to everyone who gives so generously to the various funds or those who help with events to raise funds in whatever form.
Thank you from all the members of the PCC.

Fabric News
At long last we have a date for the first stage of redecorating the church interior.
Starting on Monday 13th April we are going to paint the North Aisle.
We are looking for volunteers to do the painting and also some to help carry, clear and fetch as required.  Help is also needed to provide refreshments.  In other words there will be tasks to fit your skill set!
It is hoped that the work will be completed during the week.  If you would be able to help in any way it would be much appreciated.  Please contact one of the wardens and indicate what time you would have available in that week and the sort of things you could do.
First thing on the Monday it will be necessary to clear as much as possible from the north aisle, set up the scaffolding towers and all the necessary access to the ceiling level.  Then it will be doing the work, ensuring there are plenty of refreshments etc.  When the job is done there will be all the clearing up and putting away to complete. Hopefully Wednesday!
Please do help if you can.  As the proverb states, ‘Many hands make light work.’

Finally the magazine production team would like to apologise for the late arrival of last month’s magazine.  We shall endeavour to do better in the future!

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

 Rev. John Langanlds 

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. 

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