Marie's May Articel

27 May 20

May, 2020

As we enter into more weeks of isolation, I remember when I was dashing about like a blue tailed fly and wishing I could put my feet up.  Now as I look for things to do, I find myself doing jobs I have been putting off.   I also wash my hands so much, my hands are really rough.

I remember when we were young my mother was a great believer in “Dettol”, and she even put it in our bath.  Now I find myself using “Dettol” to wipe the milk bottles (as advised) and after I take my shopping inside I wipe over everything I can and wipe the door handles.

My memories of Dettol are that my mother would send me to Chapel End Chemist and I would skip or play hopscotch on my way.  One day I dropped the bottle of Dettol and it smashed.  I tried to salvage some of it, as I knew my mother would be hard pressed to afford another bottle, but only succeeded in badly cutting my hand, and then had to face my mother.

At the beginning of April I decided it was time to do some gardening but alas the mice had eaten chunks out of both pairs of my gardening gloves, so I used a pair of woollen gloves and kept washing them. Since then a kind person has left me two pairs of gardening gloves in the porch, but every time I am in the garden I think of those who live in high rise flats or in crowded accommodation with children, and count my blessings.

In our Sunday newspaper people are asked to send snippets of a favourite verse or song from yesterday.  This week it was “God’s Garden” by Dorothy Frances Gurney (1913).  It is lovely but quite long so I’ll just share a part of it with you,

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer to God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.”      

Keep well.    Marie Cove.

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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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