May Magazine

27 May 20

May - The Church’s Year

Sunday    3rd  Easter 4  Acts 2. 42-end   John 10. 1-10                Sunday   10th  Easter 5  Acts 7. 55-end   John 14. 1-14                Sunday   17th  Easter 6 Acts 17. 22-31   John 14. 15-21              Thursday 21st Ascension Day  Acts 1. 1-11   Luke 24.        Sunday   24th  Easter 7  Acts 1. 6-14       John 17. 1-11              Sunday 31st   Pentecost Acts 2. 1-21      John 20. 19-23 

Coronavirus Undate 17th April 2020                                                                              We learned yesterday that we have a further three weeks of lockdown to face before a decision as to whether to ease restrictions is taken.Coronavirus Update 17th April 2020. As a church we are trying to keep our regular church goers, the readers of this magazine and all in the local community in touch with each other.  We have not felt it was appropriate to deliver a paper copy of the magazine during the present situation but most of it, including the Reverend John Langland’s message and Marie Cove’s regular page, can be seen on the church website, https://www.ansleychurch.org, in the left hand box under the heading “News”.   When the time is right we aim to distribute the delayed magazines.  We are aware that our readers may not have access themselves to the internet and hope that family members and/or friends may be able to keep them in touch with church matters. Efforts are being made to contact people by phone to explain the current situation and to keep them up to date with any changes that affect the church.

The churchyard

April’s magazine stated that the PCC had agreed to keep the churchyard car park open but soon afterwards the advice changed.  We followed advice from the Church of England to lock the gates until further notice.  We realise that many people like to visit the churchyard regularly and deeply regret any distress this national church decision may have caused.  It is possible that visitors may see tape around a number of graves, to keep people safe.  This follows a change to the diocesan churchyard regulations.  If a grave is found to be unsafe it must be taped off and permission sort before the church can take action to remedy the problem.    

Keep Worshipping

The Reverend John Langlands is sending e-mails containing attachments for Sunday worship in the Parishes of Ansley and Arley.  Although we are unable to meet in person we can still join in this act of worship together.   His services can also be seen on the church website  in the “News” section.  Other ways of worshipping during this period are given on the new diocesan website https://www.coventry.anglican.org.  This new website is for everyone to access, so please let people know.  Click on “Church Online” for information about T.V., radio and local streamed services.   The bulletin for 19thApril included a video message from Bishop Christopher.  The website is being updated regularly as new resources are added. 

Prayer Support

Sometimes it is hard to find the words to express our thoughts and feelings in prayer.  It is sufficient to be still in God’s presence.  He knows our deepest needs.  If you would find it helpful, though, there are suggestions on the diocesan bulletin page for prayer and worship through Eastertide in the Equipping Disciples section.  This section also has some prayers from the Church of England about the Coronavirus outbreak.

From the Registers

Funerals

Arthur Alan Rose was born on 29th July 1936.  He sadly died on 20th February 2020 at the age of 83.  He was married to Rita for almost 60 years.  Alan was a miner for 30 years at Daw Mill Colliery, a job that he loved.  Later he worked for Dunlop.  Alan and Rita met in Blackpool when he was 19 years old and, following that encounter, they travelled each weekend to see each other.  Rita and Alan’s family include their son Paul and their daughter Linda, along with other family members.  All the family would say that his greatest achievement would be – being the best husband and dad.  We extend our sympathy to his family and friends.

Margaret Beddow died on 7th March 2020 in hospital at the age of 85.  She has been buried in her husband’s grave at St Laurence.  She had been looked after by long-standing carers due to her serious illnesses.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her son, Harvey, her family, including her grandchildren and her friends.   

From the PCC

APCM 2020

Coventry Diocese has informed us that the Annual Parochial Church meeting can now be held up to 31st October 2020. (15th April 2020.)  PCC decisions are currently being made through e-mail contact.

Church fabric

Painting of the North Aisle internal walls has been postponed until further notice.  The paint is in church so we are ready to proceed as soon as possible.

Finance

Lent Collection for Charity

The amount donated to Water Aid, our Lent charity this year, was £112.50 up to the church closure.  This sum has been sent to Water Aid.

Donations

We extend our grateful thanks to the family and friends of Mrs Pat Beale, who have given £625.30 to the church.  Of this, £100 has been placed in the General Account and the remaining £525.30 plus an additional £62.50 of Gift Aid have been put in the Fabric Fund.

The above sum will help towards continuing the work on the ground gutters at the base of the church’s exterior walls.  This needs to be done as soon as possible to stop damp penetrating the structure.  Permissions have been received from Coventry Diocese.  The accepted quotation for this work is £5,670 plus VAT, which we can claim back.  We will be clarifying whether this work can be carried out during the current restrictions.

Gift Aid

We have been able to claim back a total of £6,609.39 through Gift Aid during the last financial year.  The Gift Aid amounts for each Fund are detailed below.

Fabric Fund                         £214.69

Churchyard Fund                £471.43

St John’s Services              £595.50

Church General Fund      £5,327.77

This is a wonderful boost to the church funds and helps us to pay our way.  Please remember that if you pay tax in any form, we can claim back the tax you would have paid to the Government on donations given to the church. If you would like more details on how to arrange this, do ask a churchwarden.

Bank Holiday Weekend 8th to 10th May 2020

This weekend had been announced as a time to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe.  Local and national events had been arranged.  At present all scheduled events for VE Day 2020 have been officially cancelled.   So, regretfully, Ansley Church Open Weekend, with Ansley 2000 History display has been postponed until next year.  Members of the public are being encouraged to take part in the “Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2” from the safety of their own homes.  This will take place at 3.00 p.m. on 8th May. (ITV News, 21st April 2020.)  

News

Many of you will know Gill Kimber.  She has recently written a kindle ebook about her childhood in Tristan da Cunha, the loneliest inhabited island in the world.  The link is https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086WLJRLY.  If you would like to contact Gill, her address is mailto:deacon_gill@yahoo.co.uk.  I understand that the book is free to read if you have the kindle app on your device.

Twiddlemuffs – Knitting for people with dementia

Maria Eardley from Nuneaton and Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance has sent us a message requesting help from knitters who may be twiddling their thumbs at the moment.  Twiddlemuffs are double knitted or crocheted tubes decorated with bits and bobs to provide a stimulation activity for restless hands.  A basic pattern and examples can be seen by searching “Twiddlemuffs” on the web.

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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 by email or phone one of the following.

Rev. J. Langlands    024 7667 5236 email jlanglands@sky.com

Margaret Antill          01827 874520

Moreen Freestone   024 7638 1833

Margaret Oliver        01455822822

Diana Kealey            02476395089

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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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