August magazine

28 Aug 20

Apologies for this being late technical issues


Following government easing of lockdown measures in early July, the Reverend John Langlands and the PCCs have been planning a safe return to our church buildings, under guidance from the Church of England and Coventry Diocese.  Each church has been working on its own timetable for re-opening as the buildings and circumstances in each Parish vary tremendously across the country.

During August there will be one service each Sunday at a different benefice church each week, open to all in the benefice.  September services will be finalised later.

It is regretted that there will be no services at St Michael’s, New Arley through August.  This is because of issues with damp and mould in the church.  A plan will need to be discussed with input from church members and the Community Centre to resolve the problems. 

August Services in Old Arley, Ansley and Ansley Common  

Sunday    2nd

  St Laurence’s


  10.30 a.m.

Sunday    9th

  St Wilfrid’s

 Old Arley

  10.30 a.m.

Sunday  16th

  St John’s

 Ansley Common

  10.30 a.m.

Sunday  23rd   Sunday  30th

  St Wilfrid’s             St Laurence’s

 Old Arley        Ansley

  10.30 a.m.           10.30 a.m.





Please read the following points carefully, so you will know what to expect at our services in August.  These are dependent on our understanding of the latest advice, as at 31st July, so may be subject to change. Do contact a Churchwarden if you want to check before attending a service. 

Hygiene and Social Distancing

 Stewards will greet you at the church door. Please respect social distancing advice.   You will be given directions as to where to sit.

·      Hand sanitisers will be available for you to use on entering and leaving the church.

·      Singing is not allowed in the church building.

·      Use of masks is required.

·      The inside of each church will have been cleaned and prepared in advance for the Sunday service. 

Service details:

·       The services will be shorter than “normal.”

·       Service sheets will be positioned in the pews at the correct social distance to help you know where to sit.  The papers can be taken with you or left on the pew after the service.

·       Three labelled offertory plates will be at entrance/exit points for St Laurence’s, St Wilfrid’s and St John’s congregations to use at each service.  

Other Services:

·       Holy Communion services may not happen for a while.

·       Baptisms and weddings may go ahead from October.  They will be strictly regulated in line with the latest guidance.

·       Funerals will be dealt with on an individual basis following regulatory guidance. 

NHS Test and Trace:

·        You will be asked for your name and contact details for NHS Test and Trace.  Your details will be kept on paper for 21 days. 


Please feel free to make your own decision on if and when you are ready to return to services in church.  The worship provision that you received or accessed during lockdown will continue through August, by email, by post or at  The Sunday services will be available online or through the post on the following Wednesday of each week in August. 


You are invited to write a prayer as we re-open our churches.  It can be a simple sentence or a bit longer – it is up to you.  The Rev. John hopes to use them in the August services.  Even if you are unable to attend this is a way you can be involved in our worship. So please get writing! 

From the Registers

No entries this month. 

St Laurence’s “Virtual” 56th Flower Festival - Thank You

Once it was apparent that our normal Flower Festival would not happen in 2020, members of the church were inspired to organise a virtual festival. The many people who usually help with the festival in one way or another were invited to take part.

We will post a link to our virtual festival presentation on our website by Friday 28th August, and keep it available to visit over the following month until 30th September.

Our churchwarden has already received many entries for the festival and thanks everyone who has put their imagination and creativity to good use to show appreciation to all the groups of key workers who kept life running as smoothly as possible during lockdown.

The PCC has decided to allocate ALL donations received by 30th September equally between Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends and Acorn Children’s Hospice.  These have received a proportion of our takings at the flower festival over many years.  This year it seems appropriate that, considering the restrictions suffered by fundraisers over the last few months, these charities should benefit from our efforts. 

How can I help?

·         Please pray for this year’s festival, thanking God for the inspiration to run the festival in a new way and that it may be an enjoyable and successful event. 

·         Advertise the festival far and wide.  Perhaps you could ask someone in your key worker group to pass the information to their colleagues.

·         Click the link and enjoy the presentation.

·         If you would like to donate contact our Treasurer or click on our website. 

Do take a few minutes to read about the following new initiative for the people of Arley & Whitacre.  Cheryl Jones will be pleased to hear from you. 


What is Timebanking?

Time banking is a way for people to come together to help others in their community and be rewarded for it - in time.  For every hour of time you give helping someone you receive one hour time credit.  All skills are equal and one hour = one time credit.  For Example - Joan does one hour of gardening for David.  She receives one hour of ironing credit back from Lakbir.  David helps Chris to set up on line shopping.

The Time Bank will also hope to run fun, free activities in partnership with the local community.

Who can join?

Anyone, who lives or works in Arley & Whitacre Community can join.  You don't need any special skills - just the time and the willingness to help others and receive help in return.  No matter what your age, ability, employment status or mobility - you can get involved in Time Bank.


I am looking for members to help set up and join Time Bank - if you want to know more please get in touch with Myself.

Cheryl Jones


Facebook - time4warwickshire

................................................................................................................................................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

Margaret Antill         018 2787 4520

Moreen Freestone   024 7638 1833                                                   Margaret Oliver        014 5582 2822                                                           Diana Kealey           024 7639 5089

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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...


Personal Profile
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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