January Services at Ansley Churches
| 7th January
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This year’s service to remember loved ones will be held in St Laurence Church on Sunday 28th January at 10.30 a.m. People are invited to add names to a list in advance. Each name will be read out during the service and candles lit in remembrance. Do not worry if you cannot be at the service – you are still welcome to put a name forward for inclusion. If you would like to talk to someone about this service, please use one of the contact numbers on the front cover of this magazine.
This service was presented using the screen, which meant that the congregation did not have to juggle hymn books, service sheets and
decorated oranges. The simple symbols of the Christmas message on the oranges and the reminder that we are called to reflect the light of Jesus in today’s world were emphasised by the lights of the Christmas trees decorated by different individuals, groups, organisations and businesses from our local area. £112.40 is the total so far for The Children’s Society. The final amount will be notified next month.
Christmas Tree Festival 2023
Interim report after the first two weekends.
More than anything else the weather has had a major impact on the festival so far this year. The day the trees were due to arrive- 27th November- it poured with rain. Fortunately as many preparations as possible had been made the previous week. The team decided to fill the buckets with sand under cover inside the church. Unfortunately the arrival of the trees was delayed until the following day. An early start on a cold but dry Tuesday ensured that the lovely trees were not dripping wet. They were in place in good condition within a reasonable time.
Work on getting the other displays in situ was commenced and preparations were soon back on schedule. Great fun was had by many as people arrived and decorated their trees. and by Friday evening all was ready.
The festival started slowly, not helped by very icy conditions on the Saturday plus fog and rain on the Sunday. Visitors who braved the conditions were very impressed by what they saw.
On Friday 8th December the concert of traditional English music was presented by Jess & Richard Arrowsmith with Jo Maher. There was a good number in the audience and they enjoyed participating in the carols and songs they knew.
Saturday 9th December is bright and dry. There is a steady stream of visitors and some very encouraging feedback.
A full report will follow in next month’s magazine, including the results of the Cake Raffle and the Christmas Quiz.
The first meeting in 2024 will be at St John’s on Tuesday 23rd January at 2.00 p.m. You are welcome to join us for an hour to share a reading, reflections and prayers.
St John’s Bingo
The December session was held on a wet, miserable evening, so well done to those who came along. Some regulars were suffering from winter illnesses. Those present enjoyed a very happy evening with seasonal prizes to be won. Thank you to those who put in all the hard work to bring the event to fruition. By the end of the evening £50 had been raised for hall funds.
St John’s Christmas Fayre
It was lovely to welcome people to this event. Numbers attending were somewhat fewer than previous years but this was understandable as some regulars were ill that day. Those present had an enjoyable time catching up with friends, trying their luck on the games, rummaging through the stalls and the refreshments were much appreciated too. The event raised £200 for church funds, a very pleasing result.
Let it Slow
The Reverend Steve Medley and Jo Parker, both from the Mission and Ministry Team, led the activities. This event was held during the morning of 25th November, so people setting up for the Christmas Fayre at St John’s were not free to attend. Other churches in the Ley Group were also busy on the day.
The opportunity was offered to slow down and reflect on the Christmas message. A range of craft activities were tackled, videos shown and carols sung. Christmas preparations can be stressful in many ways but the session offered strategies to slow down and escape the pressures of daily life at this time of year.
Those present thoroughly enjoyed the morning, the sense of calm and peace created and the chats with people from other local churches. It is hoped that similar events could take place during the year. Thank you Steve and Jo for organising the morning so well.
Spurgeon Children’s Charity
The final amount from the event held in November was £312.90.
Update from Margaret Antill
Some of you will remember Mrs Jean Jarvis, widow of our former vicar the Reverend E. Jarvis. In October she celebrated her 95th birthday still living in her own home. A few days later she moved to a care home. Unfortunately she fell and broke her hip and wrist but she is recovering well and looks very cheerful in a recent photo.
The printer of this magazine had to resign in the Autumn as his printing machine was causing problems and it was becoming difficult to source spare parts and suitable ink cartridges. We thank Gary for his work over twenty plus years. For the last few months it has been printed by A. Truelove and M. Antill. This was a temporary measure as they both are very busy people!
The new arrangement is that one of the clerical team at St Giles Church, Exhall will print our magazine. We hope this will run smoothly. We thank our readers for their patience when the quality of printing or the timing of delivery has not been ideal. The cost will remain at 30 pence per month or £3.60 per annum.
St Laurence and St John’s could not function without the help of many people. We are very grateful to each of you for your support through your prayers, your practical help and financial giving. We would like to thank David for the grass mowing in the churchyard and Wendy who is caretaker of St John’s Hall and Ansley Village Church Hall.
We wish our readers much happiness, good health and peace in 2024.
If you would like someone or a particular situation to be remembered in prayer, please make contact with the church by email or phone one of the numbers on the front cover.