Rev John's June Jottings

27 May 20

What does church mean to you at this time?

Is it just an empty building left to run down or is it more than that?  With the lockdown, the church has been alive and well, because the church is people.  Services have been sent out vial emails, post, over the phone and by use of other modern technology. Also, acts of kindness have been expressed in many practical ways.  Caring and sharing amongst the congregation and to others in the community and even those in need in other countries has been evident.  In many respects, the good news that brings comfort, peace and the answers to issues of life and death have been spread even more effectively than sitting in a building.  However, our church buildings matter.  Without them we miss the human element of congregational worship and fellowship.  The churchyards would lose being cared for and the visible church as a place of refuge in a noisy, fast and busy world would be lost.  The Christian church represents something of our identity without which we might as well be atheists or agnostics.  It’s a sobering thought.

When we eventually come out of lockdown and can return to some form of ‘normality’ who will be attending and supporting the churches in Ansley?

This month is the time in the Christian calendar when we celebrate Pentecost. The Day of Pentecost marks fifty days since Easter Day and brings the Easter season to an end. It is a major part of the Church’s year when Christians recall God’s Holy Spirit was given to the disciples after Jesus’ ascension, and the church was born.

Our Lord has kept His church going for over 2000 years and there’s no reason why He should not keep our church going!  As hymn writer Samuel Stone in 1886 wrote ‘The Church’s One Foundation’ he says:

Though with a scornful wonder
men see her sore oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping,
their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song. 

'Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the church at rest

Let us stand together with the desire to see the churches in Ansley thriving as we put our hand in God’s hand. 

Take care, stay alert and God bless you.

 

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Flower Festival 2020

Ansley Church’s 56th Flower Festival is going virtual this year, with the theme “Thank You”. This is for all key workers and volunteers. Click the more button from 28th August to 30th September 2020 to view the video that has been put...

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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!

Rev John's September Jottings

Firstly, the Virtual Flower Festival at St Laurence can now be accessed from a link on the church website.  I would like to thank all of you who contributed in any way – and those who have ‘visited’ via the internet and given a donation.  Do have a look if you can during the month of September.  The link can be found on the church websi...

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