September Magazine

29 Sep 20

Please see below an update on church services for September 2020

(As at 21st August) 

Those able to attend church during August very much appreciated the opportunity to worship together.  Sharing services with members from the other congregations in the benefice has felt very special.  It has been comforting to be in the familiar church buildings.  It has, however, felt very strange not to be able to sing the hymns, although that has perhaps made us focus on the words and their meaning more closely. 

PLANS FOR RE-OPENING THE CHURCHES  IN THE BENEFICE

A.   Sunday services will continue in September as joint benefice services held in different churches at 10.30am to celebrate, offer thanksgiving and encourage one another.  The September services are as follows:

6th September at St Wilfrid’s 10.30am

13th September at St Laurence 10.30am

16th September (Wednesday) St John’s for Songs of Praise 10.00am (note: new time). 

Please send a hymn choice to the Reverend John Langlands.

20th September at St Wilfrid’s 10.30am

27th September at St Laurence 10.30am 

B.   No services at St Michael’s at this stage due to the health - related issues of the building, especially damp and mould, and the sharing of premises with the community centre.  A plan will need to be discussed with the Community centre: church members needed to help with this. 

C.   Hygiene: Entering and leaving the church, hand sanitiser, social distancing, cleaning and other issues have been addressed, as well as organising stewards to officiate.

D.   Organists: Frances is able to play the organ at the churches, if the usual organists do not wish to attend due to age and health restrictions.

E.   Service books and hymn books: Instead of using these,printed sheets will be placed on the pews at correct social distancing for attendees.  These can be kept or left after each service.

F.    Communion: Not permitted at the moment.  This may not happen for a while.

G.  Offertory: Separate plates will be made available for Ansley and Arley.  They will be suitably placed at entrance and exit points.

H.  A list of volunteers has been sorted.

I.      After one of the services, it would be good for the PCCs to meet outside to update each other on how things are going. 

J.     Baptisms and weddings may go ahead from October, but they will be strictly regulated in line with the latest guidelines.

K.  Funerals will be dealt with on an individual basis in line with regulatory guidelines. 

Finally, the inside of each church will be checked, cleaned and prepared in advance, ready for services.  If anyone feels uncomfortable about the arrangements during the service please feel free to leave the building, everyone will understand.

Much of what is planned is subject to change, depending on the latest government updates. 

From the Registers

No entries this month. 

Virtual Flower Festival

Ansley Church’s 56th Flower Festival is going virtual with the theme, “Thank you” for key workers.  Go to www.ansleychurch.org from 28th August to 30th September 2020 to see the images. 

These are new technologies to most of us, but we are doing our best. 

We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed in any way to the display.  The many different contributors have used a number of ways of depicting their title.  We hope you feel we have done justice to the project. It has been wonderful how God has helped us and how people have come together in spirit to do their “Bit”.  We hope you will enjoy looking at it for just under 10 minutes and be able to share it with others. 

All proceeds received during the event via the “give.net” button on our home page will go to the Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends and the Acorn Children’s Hospice.  These are the two charities we have supported for over 30 years through our flower festival. 

We would also be most grateful if you could circulate the information to any family and friends by whatever means possible, as many of the usual publicity outlets are not practical this year. 

We hope and pray that we will be able to welcome you to our church building in person for next year’s festival (2021) on the Bank Holiday weekend, 27th -30th August. 

Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the church separately from the festival do please contact one of the wardens as all the funds received via the Give.net button on the website  during the dates of the festival will be divided between the two charities. 

Marmalade and Jam

Because we have not had an actual Flower Festival this year there is a lot of grapefruit and orange marmalade for sale and also 10 jars of gooseberry jam and  40 jars of plum jam.  The marmalade is £1.30 per 1lb jar and the jams are £1.00 per 12oz jar.  If you would like any of these, please contact Margaret Antill 01827 874520.  It can be delivered in the parish or an arrangement can be made to meet in the churchyard. 

Daffodils

We are to be given 500 daffodil bulbs in memory of David Williams who died early in the Covid -19 pandemic.  David grew up in Ansley Village but his father was from Wales and David was a Wales supporter all his life.  These bulbs should give a lovely display in the churchyard each spring which will be a fitting memorial at the anniversary of his death.  We are very grateful for this lovely and fitting gift.

When the bulbs arrive we would appreciate help planting them in the churchyard.  Please let us know if you can help and we will contact you when they arrive.

 Churchyard

As the Flower Festival is virtual this year the need to tidy the churchyard in time for the Bank Holiday weekend is not so critical.  However, it will still be necessary to cut the hedges, prune the trees, tidy the paths, clear grass and weeds from some of the graves and generally tidy.  If you can help in any way please don’t wait to be asked, just come along and make a start.  We will as usual create a heap at the bottom of the car park for the duration of the tidy up.

Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust

Mr Philip Rees will, once again, be taking part in a sponsored cycle ride around local churches to raise money for this organisation on Saturday 12th September.  Guidance is available from “Ride and Stride 2020” on how to keep safe during this year’s event.  Please let us know if you would like to join Phil – at a social distance of course!  Sponsorship money can be sent to our treasurer.  Funds raised help to keep church fabric in good order, with half of the sum our cyclists receive being returned to Ansley Church PCC.  We wish Phil and any who join him an enjoyable ride in ideal weather for cyclists.

Distribution of Printed Magazines

Our printer is now printing the back copies of our magazine, which we hope to distribute in early September. Like buses it seems they either all come at once or there are none at all!   We are grateful for your patience over recent months.  Do let Diana know if you prefer not to receive a printed magazine as yet.  We will be handling them appropriately.

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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          018 2787 4520

Moreen Freestone   024 7638 1833

Margaret Oliver        014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            024 7639 5089

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