December Services at Ansley Churches
|Nine Lessons and Carols
From the Registers
Mervyn John Pugh was buried in St Laurence Churchyard on 10th November 2023, following a funeral service at Abbey Church Nuneaton. John had resided in Ansley Village for over 65 years. He passed away peacefully after a long illness. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and fellow engineers. He loved his Rhodesian ridgeback dogs, Wales and Birmingham.
Christingle Service in St Laurence on 10th December at 10.30 a.m.
This is a lovely service for both adults and children. Christingles, which are decorated oranges topped with a candle, are lit and can be taken away after the service as a reminder of the meaning of Christmas. The congregation is invited to bring along a donation to support the work of The Children’s Society.
Nine Lessons and Carols
This traditional Carol Service will be held at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 17th December in St Laurence church, with the festive atmosphere enhanced by the decorated Christmas Trees filling the building with sparkle and lights.
Christmas Eve Holy Communion at St John’s
Please note that there will be a Holy Communion service at St John’s in the evening of Christmas Eve, starting at 9.00 p.m.
Joint Benefice Service on Sunday 31st December at St Michael’s at 10.30. There will be no other local services that day.
Christmas Tree Festival 2023
We hope you will come along with family and friends to experience the wonder of seeing the church lined with sixty decorated Christmas trees, with lights and sparkle all around.
Other decorations can be seen on windowsills and suspended from beams. Many local individuals, families, groups, schools, organisations and businesses have contributed to the ‘Wow’ factor experienced by visitors on entering the church.
The festival is open on three weekends starting on Saturday 2nd December and finishing on Sunday 17th December. Opening hours are Saturdays 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon to 5.00 p.m. The church can also be opened for groups by arrangement on weekdays. The Christmas Tree Festival closes with the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 17th December. The decorated trees will remain in the church until after the Holy Communion service at 10.30 a.m. on Christmas Day.
We would be very grateful for offers of help during the festival. There will be a need for stewards in church, servers of hot drinks and mince pies and sellers of raffle tickets for the decorated Christmas cakes in the annexe and of course donations of mince pies will be very welcome.
Reminders: Entry is £2 per person with accompanied children under 12 having free access.
You can write a loved one’s name on a star and fix it to the Memory Tree. Donations of £1 for a star will be put towards the cost of mowing the grass.
Proceeds from entry charges and other giving at the festival will be for church funds, with a donation to Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
Equally importantly, the church will need to be cleared of decorations and trees after Christmas Day. We invite decorators to remove their displays on Wednesday 27th December between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. or on Thursday 28th December from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. If you are unable to do this please let a church member know. Once the trees have been cleared, the church will be cleaned, so again help will be appreciated.
The next meeting will be at St John’s Hall on Tuesday 12th December at 2.00 p.m. You are warmly invited to come along for a time of reflection and prayer.
St John’s Bingo
The session, held on 23rd October raised £57.50. Although there were not as many people present as normal, a good time was had by all. We are very grateful to all those who work so hard to put on events like this. This month’s Bingo will be on Monday 4th December starting at 7.00 p.m.
St John’s Christmas Fayre and November Bingo – Reports next month.
Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Appeal
We are pleased to report that six shoeboxes filled with gifts have been received and will be taken to a local collection point before being sent to children who will appreciate them very much. Thank you to all who filled a box.
Harvest Festival Report
The church took on its usual festive look for the harvest festival with all the food, flowers and corn decorating the church. All the food items were taken to the food bank in Nuneaton and they were very grateful for this generous donation. The cash on the harvest collection plate amounted to £142 and together with the £94 given from St John’s harvest service in September, was presented to the Salvation Army for the work they do with those less fortunate than us.
From the PCC
Ansley Village Church Hall Parking
Members of the PCC and the Ansley Village Church Hall Committee met at the hall recently to discuss how best to utilise the existing land and provide pedestrian access between the two parking areas. It was agreed that there will be a gate in the fence near the rear corner of the hall nearest the new parking site. The old shed will be removed and the vegetation, mostly brambles, will also be removed along the boundary of the hard surface in the main car park. The cleared ground will be given a hard surface which will enable easier parking for hall users. The fence will remain between the two areas. It is hoped this work can be completed during this winter.
Temporary magazine printing
Unfortunately our printer’s machine finally broke down earlier in the Autumn. New parts and ink cartridges are out of date, hard to source and very expensive. Gary has had to stop printing for us. We are very grateful for the work he put into producing our magazine over a substantial number of years. At the moment the printing is being done by church members but it is hoped that a more permanent arrangement can be made in the New Year.
We wish all our readers a Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Peaceful New Year
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