October magazine

28 Oct 20

Please see below an update on church services for October 2020

(As at 24th September) 

October services are as follows:

                  4th October at St Wilfrid’s  10.30am HARVEST

                 11th October at St Laurence 10.30am HARVEST

                 18th October at St Wilfrid’s 10.30am (Rev John on holiday)

                 25th October at St Laurence 10.30am 

Sunday services will continue in October as joint benefice services held in different churches at 10.30am to celebrate, offer thanksgiving and encourage one another.

A.   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. 

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

C.   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.

D.   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.

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

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

G.  A list of volunteers has been sorted.

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

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

J.     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

Funerals and interments of ashes

The ashes of Ernest Smedley, MBE, were interred in his wife’s plot on 4th September 2020.  He died on 3rd November 2019 at Attleborough Grange Nursing Home, aged 85. 

On 10th September the funeral service for Monica Bannister was held at Nuneaton Crematorium.  She died on 6th August 2020 aged 87.  Although she lived at Barton in the Beans she was well known at Ansley, joining her great friend Marcia Sutton in helping out and serving refreshments at church events. 

The ashes of John Berridge were interred in his father’s grave on 24th September 2020.  He died on 25th April 2020, aged 75. (See Church Magazine June 2020.) 

Diana Blockley’s ashes were placed in a family grave on 24th September 2020.  She had died in July 2019. 

Harvest Festival

Please note that there will be the one service at St Laurence at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday 11th October.  There will be no Harvest Supper or Produce Auction. It is hoped that a donation plate to help the hungry may be placed in church for those who wish to contribute.. 

Shoe Box Appeal for Samaritans Purse

This is one thing that we can still do even in these difficult times. Shoe boxes are filled with small wrapped gifts and sent to children who receive few presents.  Forms can be collected from church that give details of box size, what sort of gifts are appropriate and the procedures that need to be followed.  The boxes do need to be returned by 15thNovember so they can be distributed to the children in time for Christmas. 

Annual Parochial Church Meeting for St Laurence Ansley

This meeting, postponed from earlier in the year, will now take place on 28th October 2020 from 3.15 pm  to 5.00 pm at the latest. The meeting will be at St Laurence church,  This is when PCC members, Churchwardens and Deanery Representatives are elected.  If you are on the current Electoral Roll you are entitled to vote at the meeting and to nominate people for posts.  The Diocese of Coventry has informed us that the Visitation service at which Churchwardens are officially confirmed in their posts will be held in some way before...You can join the electoral roll by completing, signing and returning an application form to Diana Kealey. 

Ansley Village Art Group Ninth Exhibition and Sale (Virtual)

To view pictures on Facebook, you are invited to Google  Arley and Whitacre Ward or Ansley Village Community, then scroll down for the event.  If you would like to purchase any of the artwork that is marked for sale, please private message your contact details and they will be forwarded to the artist.  

Report on Flower Festival so far.

The Virtual Flower Festival went live as planned in time for the 28th August.  This being a totally new thing for us, we were not sure just how things would work.  It was good that we tried it a day earlier because for some reason, and we are not sure why, it became detached from the web site.  This was rectified and we are not aware of any other issues.

At the time of writing over 450 people have viewed the presentation via the church website and an additional 70 have gone directly to the You Tube page.

For a totally new venture this is very encouraging. We have also raised over £470 directly from the presentation for Acorns Hospice and Nuneaton Hospitals League f Friends.

We are very grateful to all those who went to such great lengths to provide a picture for the festival and we have had some very encouraging, and rewarding,  comments which alone have made the whole thing worthwhile.

“Really enjoyed watching the virtual flower festival.  Although not in the physical space of church and walking around the beautiful displays, this was a fantastic display. The theme was so apt. In these difficult times, we must remember those who have cared, supported and loved those close to them and the community.  Well done! and thank you.” 

“I’ve just watched the flower festival montage and I just want to say how amazing it is. You have really created something beautiful and touching. It brought a tear to my eye. 

As always very well done and congratulations.” 

Finance

We are very grateful to all those who have continued to support the church financially either monthly by standing order, by sending BACS payments, cheques or by other means. This has ensured that we have been able to pay our bills so far. However we do still have to pay the largest part of our Parish Share of £20,400. This will be very tight and may use all our General Account reserves. The loss of the income from our usual events including the Harvest and the many Christmas activities will all have an impact.

 As we are still going to be facing uncertain times ahead if anyone is able put by their usual weekly collection and get it to us before the end of the year it will be very much appreciated, especially in the event of another lockdown.

 Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust

Mr Philip Rees successfully completed a 25 mile cycle ride around local churches on Saturday 12th September.  Sponsorship money can be sent to our treasurer.  Funds raised help to keep church fabric in good order, with half of the sum Phil receives for his efforts being returned to Ansley Church PCC. 

Daffodils

The 500 daffodil bulbs in given in memory of David Williams as mentioned in last month’s magazine will be planted over the next week or so. They will be placed to the inside of the hedge in the area around and below the Aberfan Memorial Garden. Do contact Margaret Antill if you can help with some of the planting.

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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                

  or Diana Kealey            024 7639 5089

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