April Magazine

27 Apr 20

The Church’s Year
  
Readings
Sunday    5th Palm Sunday  Isaiah 50:4-9 John 12:12-19
Sunday  12th Easter Day Acts 10:34-43 John 20:1-18
Sunday  19th Easter 2 Acts 2:14a+22-32 John 20:19 to end
Sunday  26th Easter 3 Acts 2:14a+36-41 Luke 24:13-35

Coronavirus Update 27th March 2020

We are living through an unsettling and scary pandemic.  Although the church building is closed we, as individuals and as a group, form the church of God in our community.  We pray for all who are especially anxious for their own health or for the health of those they love.  We pray too for the safety of all whose work puts them in danger, medical and other hospital staff, carers, emergency service staff and those whose job is essential for our nation’s health and well being.  We ask for God to be with them, to protect them and uphold them as they continue to provide a service with great courage.  We remember in our prayers those whose financial situation has changed so suddenly as a result of the Government’s efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.  Please contact the church whatever your difficulty and we will be there to listen and help if we can.  Contact details are on the front of previous copies of the magazine and on the web at www.ansleychurch.org.  

 

Our aim is to continue to produce the magazine, although with some differences.   We will distribute them when appropriate but until then most of the pages can be seen on the web at www.ansleychurch.org.  This part of the magazine will be in the news box to the left of the Home screen with the Reverend John’s message and Marie’s article.  The list of our planned services for April has been included above to give an overview of what would normally be taking place during the month.  You may wish to use this section as a focus for prayer and contemplation as the church’s year unfolds.  The palm crosses will be made and will be distributed at a later date.

 

Changes to the schedule of meetings and activities

The church building is closed until further notice.  There are opportunities to join in worship through television (Songs of Praise, Radio 4’s Sunday Worship or on the Church of England or Diocese of Coventry websites www.thechurchofengland.org , www.dioceseofcoventry.org. 

Meetings for groups which use the Annexe, Ansley Village Church Hall and St John’s Hall are suspended until further notice.  The Christianity Explored meetings are also suspended.  

 

This month’s items

From the Register

Funeral

The funeral service for Margaret Fellows took place at St Laurence on 28th February.  She had been at The Boot in Ansley for many years and a gathering of 240 mourners in church reflects how much she was appreciated in the community.  Her family was very important to her; about eighty of them followed her coffin into the church.  Her burial took place in St Michael’s churchyard in New Arley.  We send our sympathy to her husband, Alan, her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. The service was taken by Peter Allan.        

 

Report - World Day of Prayer

A small group met at St Wilfrid’s on Friday 6th March for a service prepared by Christians in Zimbabwe.  We were greeted by the sound of African singing, drums and lively rhythms.  As we worshipped together we learnt more of Zimbabwe, its past and present problems and its hopes for the future.  Refreshments were served in the Barn after the service.  Thank you to those who prepared the material and all who took part in the service.

 

The churchyard

The PCC at their recent meeting decided to continue to have the car park open each day for ease of access to the churchyard. 

Earlier in the year visitors to graves reported seeing holes and tracks near last year’s molehills.  A n operative from Rugby Pest Control made a visit and assures us that these are signs of the presence of bank voles.  They have moved in following the wet weather over the winter and should move on of their own accord in due course.  They are a protected species and it is an offence to harm them.  If there are problems with recognised pests they will be dealt with by professionals who are trained to consider hazards to other creatures and human visitors.

 

Gifts

The members of the congregation at St Laurence are very grateful to the family and friends of John Toon for their donations in his memory.  A total of £130 has been placed in the Churchyard Fund.

 

The donation of £275 by the family and friends of Mrs Nancy Meades is also much appreciated.  The church family wishes to thank all who gave in her memory.  Part of this, a sum of £90, has been given to the Churchyard Fund and the remainder to the Fabric Fund, as her family wished.

 

Keeping in Touch

Readers who would like us to keep in touch by email, should send their details to admin@ansleychurch.org.  This would be to keep up to date with church news.   Details will be removed at any time if notified.  They will not be visible to others on any communications.  If you have phone contact with someone who would like to be kept up to date with church news but who does not have internet access, please send a message via the above site. 

 

A Prayer-The Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.  Amen
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Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation remembered in prayer during this time of disruption, please make contact as suggested above, or phone one of the following,

Reverend J. Langlands: 0247675236

 Email: jlanglands@sky.com

Margaret Antill:         01827874520

Moreen Freestone:   02476381833

Margaret Oliver:        01455822822     

Diana Kealey:           02476395089

Web page : www.ansleychurch.org

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 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!