June Magazine

June Services at Ansley Churches

 4th June


St John’s 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
11th June

Trinity 1

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
18th June

Trinity 2

St John’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
 25th June

Trinity 3

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship

From the Registers


St Laurence Church was packed on Sunday 30th April to celebrate Leo Paul Blower’s baptism.  Friends and family travelled from around the country to share Leo’s special day with his parents, Danny and Kristi.


The funeral of Edith Harrison, aged 84, took place on Thursday 30th March.  She returned to Ansley to be buried with her husband.

The funeral of Douglas Wright was held on Monday 24th April.   When he wasn’t walking dogs, Doug tended his allotments.  He was a fount of knowledge regarding horticulture.  His last job was keeping the greens at Oakridge Golf Course, a course he helped to construct!  Doug will be much missed by the four generations he leaves behind but is now reunited with his wife, Jean.

Open Church

St Laurence Church will be open on Sunday afternoons between noon and 4.00 p.m. from June to September.  This is in addition to Open Church on Tuesday afternoons.

Prayer Meeting

The next prayer meeting will be held at St John’s on Tuesday 27th June at 2.00 p.m.  This time of sharing and prayer is much appreciated by those who attend the sessions.

The Coronation of King Charles lll

Ring for the King

Along with many other churches, the bells at St Laurence were rung from 9.00 to 10.00 a.m. on Saturday 6th May in celebration of the coronation of King Charles 111.  The methods rung were Grandsire Doubles, Plan Hunt Call Changes and Bob Doubles.

Sunday 7th May at St John’s.

A service of Holy Communion took place at St John’s.  A flag was hung from a beam and the National Anthem was sung.  The preacher spoke of Jesus who came to serve humankind and that King Charles had echoed the theme of service in his vows at his coronation.

A cake and a cuppa were enjoyed after the service.

Plant Sale and Open Gardens 2023

The plant sale in Ansley Village Church Hall on Sunday 28th May was very well supported.  The dates for the Open Gardens this year are Ansley, Sunday 2nd July, 1.30 to 6.30.  Three of the eight gardens are new this year.  Old Arley Open Gardens will be on Sunday 9th July 2.00 to 6.00.  More details can be found at ngs.org.uk or in the Warwickshire yellow booklet.

From the PCC

Ministry and Mission

The members of the Ley Group Mission and Ministry Team were appointed to their posts at the beginning of May.  It is hoped that a Holy Communion Service will be held once a month at St Laurence and at St John’s.  The Reverend Steve Medley will be conducting most of our funerals.  Please contact a churchwarden initially if you have a funeral to arrange.


We are very grateful to the late William (Bill) Mather for a bequest to the church of £500.  Bill and his wife Iris were active members of the community in Ansley.  Iris was PCC Secretary for many years and Bill worked on the bells when they were rehung and augmented in 1977.


Following some continued dry and frost free weather, the work on the remaining ground gutters has been completed.  As part of this work an additional drain has been put in near the porch which will prevent water running in front of the door during heavy rain.  At the same time the metal rainwater goods around parts of the roof and downpipes have been cleaned and repainted.  The total cost, less the VAT which we can reclaim, will be £5,740.

With a building of the age of St Laurence it is important that we keep doing work on the fabric to try and keep the structure in good condition.  However, there is always a list of repairs that need to be carried out.

Ansley Village Church Hall

The Council had put a new drain in the road outside the hall as the chicane had caused a large puddle to collect on the road and pavement after heavy rain.  Unfortunately this had not solved the problem.  Now they have flushed the drain and cleared a ditch further down the village.

The authorities hope the problem has now been fully solved.  If anyone does notice further flooding please take a photograph, if possible, and let a member of church know so that the matter can be raised with the Council.

St John’s Hall

There will be a meeting of the Committee on Wednesday 7th June at 2.00 p.m.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal

The unseasonal heading above may make you feel you have skipped a few months of the year!

St John’s and St Laurence’s congregations have supported this appeal for a good few years so you may be interested in this email that was sent to Margaret Antill last month from Hannah Atkins, regional manager (West of England and Wales), Operation Christmas Child.

Engaging your community through Operation Christmas Child – 8th June.

I hope this email finds you well.  We are organising an online meeting for those who lead Operation Christmas Child in your churches to suggest ways of engaging your community in the project.  Operation Christmas Child is a great mission tool, not just overseas with the children but in this country with the communities that we serve.  There’ll be lots of practical suggestions (like holding a packing party and raising money to pay the £5 per box) and there’ll be a number of different people sharing.

The event will be from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on Thursday 8th June.  Please email us if you would like to attend and I will send you the Zoom link.

On another note, the HQ for Samaritan’s Purse UK is moving to Coventry!  The new national Processing Centre will also be there.  Our new OCC address from September will be: Unit 6100 Crosspoint Business Park, Richardson Way, Coventry CV2 2TA.

Every blessing,


Samaritan’s Purse

Email: hannah.atkins@samaritans-purse.org.uk

Web: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk


Prayer Requests

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