March 2021 Magazine

29 Mar 21

Please see below an update on church services for March 2021

(As at 23rd February 2021) 

At the time of writing Public worship is still suspended in the Benefice during the month of March.  This decision was circulated online or by post towards the end of February. The church web page www.ansleychurch.org will have the latest position in the news section. The pattern of services given below is for information in the unlikely case that the situation improves unexpectedly. Regular reviews are taking place and services will be resumed when possible.  Funerals, burials, cremations, interment of ashes and other requests will be dealt with as they arise and will follow the latest government regulations.  Please speak to a churchwarden if you have any questions. 

 Service Pattern (See above)

         7th March         Lent 3             Joint Benefice at St Wilfrid’s     10.30am

       14th March         Mothering       Joint Benefice at St Laurence   10.30am

       21st March         Passion           Joint Benefice at St Wilfrid’s     10.30am

       28th March         Palm Sun        Joint Benefice at St John’s       10.30am 

        From the Registers

No entries this month. 

Lent 2021

Although services are not being held in church, the Reverend John Langlands continues to send the Sunday services by email or they can be viewed on the church website (see above).  He also sends out a mid week ‘pick you up,’ also available on the church website, which has been much appreciated.  Although we cannot meet for a Lent course this year the Rev John is including suggestions for Lent reflection and personal study in this lead up to Easter.

The Church of England website also has resources for Lent.  This year the title is Live Lent and it can be downloaded as an app or sent to you by email on request.  Search the Church of England website for details.

The Diocese of Coventry is also offering suggestions for personal reflection during Lent.

The title is Leaning into Lent and includes videos, phone and radio resources which can be accessed when convenient to you.. 

Road Map for Coming Out of Lockdown

The government announced yesterday (22nd February) the prospective dates for easing lockdown rules in steps over a number of weeks.  These dates are not definite but will rely on how things are before each measure can be relaxed.  It would appear that it will be some time still before the church can be opened for Sunday worship.  As the situation changes, please check the church website (see above) or phone a church warden to confirm the latest information.  Once the government has announced its decisions it can take a while for the Church of England to assess how they can be safely implemented  in the parishes.   As we look towards an end to this lockdown we remember all who have continued to work under uncertain or difficult circumstances.  We pray for all who have lost loved ones or been unable to see and support family members or friends in the way they would wish over the last weeks. 

Church yard

The annual removal of Christmas wreaths and general tidying of the church yard were successfully completed in February.  The memorial stones have also been given their yearly safety check. Thank you to those who showed up on a rainy morning to complete these tasks in a socially distanced manner.  It is lovely to see that the daffodils planted inside the road hedge below the path during the autumn of 2020 in memory of David Williams are beginning to flower.  They are a very welcome sign of Spring and light at the end of the tunnel.

Green Waste

North Warwickshire recently notified holders of green wheelie bins of the decision to charge for emptying them from April 2021.  This decision had been deferred for a year in Spring 2020.  The PCC has decided to pay for the emptying of one green bin through 2021, which should be adequate.  Arrangements will be made to dispose of any extra green waste in a suitable way as needed. 

The PCC would like to remind everyone that the green bin is only for green waste and that no metal, plastic or other non compostable material is to be placed in it. 

Jam Jars

Margaret Antill’s customers for her Orange and Grapefruit Marmalade have been keen to continue to purchase it.  She would be grateful for clean, empty jars to be returned to her so that she can keep up with the demand. You can contact her on 01827874520. 

Lockdown Three

It seems strange to have so little to put in the magazine this month.  Most people have found this period of lockdown more difficult than the earlier ones.  Perhaps this is because it was imposed so soon after a very restricted Christmas or that it was through the short winter days.  It was also dispiriting to have more cases of Covid than during the first lockdown and to have no set date for a return to a more normal way of life.  It is a relief that the vaccination programme is proving to be effective and that second doses will be given soon.  May the easing of lockdown progress smoothly, so we may meet again before too long.

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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            02476395089

A Lent Challenge from Rev John 

Week 1 Learn a verse of ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ by heart.

Week 2 a) As above.  b) Reflect on the thought that media consumption can be as detrimental as food consumption. See ‘Listening to God – Psalm 86’ on church website Midweek update 23/02/21. 

When I survey the wondrous Cross 

1 When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride. 

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood. 

3 See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown? 

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all. 

(By Isaac Watts, 1707)

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