August Services at Ansley Churches
| 6th August
| 27th August
|Monday 29th August
From the Registers
The wedding service of Laura Rowland and Matthew Unwin took place at St Laurence Church on Saturday 8th July at 1.00 p.m. Family and friends joined them to celebrate the joyful day. As they moved away from the church, the couple walked under an arch of decorated hay forks, held aloft by smartly dressed young men. We wish Laura and Matthew much happiness in the years ahead.
Interments of Ashes
Following a service at the Woodlands Crematorium on Wednesday 7th June Eric Baker’s ashes were interred in the Garden of Peace at St Laurence on 15th June.
On Saturday 15th July, the ashes of Sandra Raven were brought to St Laurence to be interred in the family grave.
We hold these two people, along with their families and friends, in our thoughts and prayers.
Flower Festival 2023
The theme for our 59th Festival is “Numbers.”
There are many times when a number is used in the Bible and we have chosen 26 to portray around the church, using the Bible story to bring to light our faith. These include ‘70 Times 7’, ‘30 pieces of silver’, ’The 10 Commandments’, ‘No-one Can Serve 2 Masters’ and ‘1 God’.
We will continue to do our best and do our best for our environment, so again this year we will be hoping to obtain more flowers locally as well as using pot plants. We will also be trying to use less floristry foam. Some of us remember the early years when there was nothing like that and it was all jam jars and chicken wire!
People come to such events with ideas that are always considered, and we try to work them in whilst planning. However, one area, probably the most difficult, is publicity. We are always pleased to have any help with this aspect for all church events. If you can help in any way it would be much appreciated. The best form of publicity that has been found to work is “Word of Mouth” Please do tell people!
The schedule is:
Saturday 26th August Open 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Sunday 27th August 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion Service
Sunday 27th August Open 12.00 p.m. to .6.00 p.m.
Monday 28th August Open 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Monday 28th August 5.30 p.m. Thanksgiving Service
As usual during these times there will be refreshments available in the annexe, which, if the weather is kind, can be enjoyed in the churchyard with views of the countryside. The produce stall will be in the churchyard, as will be displayed the beautifully iced Madeira cake that is being raffled. A quiz will be on sale for those who like a challenge!
On Monday afternoon Ansley Morris will be dancing in the churchyard, weather permitting, or in the church if wet.
As for many years, there will be an opportunity to lay a stone on the pile and leave your burdens or put a flower in an arrangement as a thanksgiving or place a prayer in the Prayer Jar. These prayers will be brought to God before the end of the festival.
Continuing our usual practice, we will be supporting the Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends and the Acorns Children’s Hospice as well as raising money for church funds. Entrance will be free, but we do say “Please place a gift here not only to thank God for the joy of the Flower Festival, but for all the joys that God has brought to you.”
We pray for God’s blessing as we prepare for this event.
Flower Festival – Running the Event and Clearing Up
The Festival owes its success each year to the generosity of the many people who enable it to run smoothly. We need donations of produce (fruit, vegetables, jam and chutneys) and cakes for refreshments. We also need people to volunteer to sell the produce, refreshments, raffle tickets and quizzes. The lists are ready for you to sign up for particular tasks over the festival weekend, so do please let a churchwarden or church member know which days and times would suit you. Help with tidying the churchyard before , during and after the event will be much appreciated.
If you would like to collect a small bunch of flowers after the festival to take to someone you know, please give us the name and we will prepare one for you to give them.
We give ourselves a day of rest on the Tuesday but would love to have lots of help to remove the displays on Wednesday 30th August and to clean and tidy the church and Annexe. If you cannot remove your display on Wednesday morning please let us know, so we can deal with it and enable the cleaning to take place.
Prayer Meeting at St John’s Hall
This month’s meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd August at 2.00 p.m.
Art Exhibition at Ansley Village Church Hall
The exhibition and sale will be on Saturday 16th September from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
There will be lots of artwork to view with some pieces marked for sale. Light refreshments will be available (tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes).
The group welcomes new members, so do feel that you can drop in and meet us on Fridays from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. We will be pleased to see you and will not be offended if you decide it is not the right group for you.
Guild of Bell Ringers
Twenty three ringers from four Midland Guilds visited St Laurence on Thursday 20th July. They enjoyed ringing the bells at St Laurence.
Girl’s Brigade Activity Days Report
The group arrived at the venue on a Saturday. In spite of some rain they were able to go down the ‘Cresta Run’, which was a wooden track with sledges on wheels. The girls and leaders felt they were going very fast and loved it. They stayed in the playground area as they were already wet. The planned outdoor activities for the afternoon were cancelled because of poor weather but they were able to do inside activities including archery and shooting. They also did silk painting and one minute team challenges. The following day the sun shone, so they were able to do outside archery and shooting. Later the girls spent some time on a bouncy castle and then on the ‘Cresta Run’ again.
“It was a fab camp and despite the rain we all had a great time.”
The leaders are hoping to recruit more members in September, focussing on Primary age girls. The group meets on Thursdays at St John’s Hall, Ansley Common. They asked for our prayers as they look to continue to provide the opportunity for girls to meet together, develop friendships, join in varied activities and experience taking responsibility. If you are interested please ask for more details from a church member or search Girls Brigade on the web.
From the PCC
Ministry and Mission
On Saturday 16th September at 2.00 p.m., at St Mary and All Saints, Fillongley a service will be held for the institution of the Mission and Ministry Team for the Ley Group of parishes. Please let a church member know if you are able to attend and mention if you need a lift with someone or would prefer a coach or minibus if that can be arranged. Again if you can contribute a cake for this event, please let us know.
The faculty has been obtained for changing the lighting in church to fittings with LED bulbs.
If you would like someone or a particular situation to be remembered in prayer, please make contact by email or phone one of the following.
Margaret Antill 018 2787 4520
Margaret Oliver 014 5582 2822
Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089