Marie's April Article

27 Apr 20

April, 2020

 How life has changed for millions of people worldwide in the past couple of months due to the pandemic.  Almost from day one of 2020 we have had devastating floods caused by torrential rain, rivers overflowing and people unable to pursue normal lives.  We are having to self-isolate due to our age and Dave’s health problems.  Fortunately we have family members who willingly do shopping for us.  It has been said that the Virus doesn’t like the sun or warm weather, so let’s hope for a hot summer.

When I see the adverts on T.V.  I realise how times have changed.  All washing used to be dried outside, ironed and aired.  Then I saw this lady who put her blouse in the washing machine, dried it and put it straight on to go for an interview. 

As we watch Spring unfolding, it is a miracle to see Snowdrops struggle through grass and last year’s dead weeds.  I am particularly thrilled this year to see the Celandines in abundance and the Camellia bushes in bloom, in spite of ill health this winter not letting us look after the garden so well.  At school we used to sing –

Daisies are our silver, Buttercups our gold,

these are all the treasures we can have or hold;

        Raindrops are our diamonds and the morning dew;

       While for shining Sapphires, we’ve the Speedwell Blue. 

       What a lovely thought.  

              Marie Cove.

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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. 

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!

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