March Magazine

March Services at Ansley Churches

1st March

World Day of Prayer

St John’s 10.30 a.m. Special Service
3rd March


St John’s 10.45 a.m. Holy Communion
10th March

Mothering  Sunday

St Laurence’s

St John’s

10.30 a.m.

10.30 a.m.

Morning Worship

Morning Worship

17th March

Passion Sunday

St John’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
24th March

Palm Sunday

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m.


Holy Communion
28th March

Maundy Thursday

St John’s


 7.00 p.m. Holy Communion
31st March

Easter Day

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

 From the Registers


Grayson Whale was baptised on Sunday 4th February.


On Thursday 8th February, a funeral was held for Elizabeth (Betty) Green, followed by burial in the churchyard.  Betty was 93 years old when she died on 24th January.

Interment of ashes

The ashes of Mr Morris were interred in the churchyard on 8th February. 

News from the Diocese of Coventry

Following her appointment as Interim Bishop of Coventry during the Vacancy –in-See period, the Right Reverend Bishop Ruth Worsley has made arrangements to visit the Ley Group parishes.  People from the six churches are invited to meet her on Wednesday 6th March in The Barn at St Wilfrid’s at 4.00 p.m. (see below).  Representatives will give short presentations to Bishop Ruth about church life in their parishes.

As part of her familiarisation with the Diocese, Bishop Ruth has been invited to a Nuneaton Deanery Gathering in St James’ Church Bulkington on Wednesday 13th March at 7.30 p.m.  Anyone who worships in Nuneaton Deanery is invited to this event.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions, share concerns and hear the latest updates for our Deanery.


March ‘Watch and Pray’ meetings around the Ley Group churches.

Wednesday 6th March in St Wilfrid’s, Old Arley, at 5.00 p.m.{NOT 7.30 p.m.!)

(You may wish to arrive at The Barn in St Wilfrid’s churchyard for 4.00 p.m. to meet Bishop Ruth Worsley. See above.)

Wednesday 20th March in St Michael’s, New Arley, at 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday 27th March in St Laurence’s, Ansley, at 7.30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Weekend

The church will be open to visitors from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Saturday, 9th March.

You are invited to join us at the Mother’s Day service on Sunday 10th March at 10.30 a.m. in St Laurence’s Church.  There will also be a service for Mother’s Day at St John’s Hall, at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday 10th March.  You will be welcome at either of these services.

Posies will be distributed to the congregations.


Palm Sunday

Palm crosses will be distributed at the Palm Sunday service on 24th March at St Laurence.

Maundy Thursday.

A traditional service will be held in St John’s at 7.00 p.m.  Holy Communion will form part of the service. There will be no service at St John’s on Easter Day.

Good Friday

Resources will be available if you wish to use them for private prayer and contemplation on this very special day in the church’s calendar.

Easter Saturday

Your help would be very much appreciated with decorating the church for Easter Day.

Easter Sunday Remember the clocks go forward for Summer time at 1.00 a.m. on Sunday 31st March!

From the PCC

APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting)

This is the time of year when the Electoral Roll is prepared for the coming year.  People can ask to be placed on the roll at any time through the year.  In the weeks before the APCM a reminder is given to apply for enrolment if you are not on the current roll.  You don’t have to be on the roll to attend church and take part in church life.  You must be on the roll to become a member of the PCC or a Deanery Synod representative.  It gives you a voice in how the church functions locally and the opportunity to become more involved at Deanery, Diocesan or National Synod level.  Because of the numbers on roll at the moment, we are entitled to elect two Deanery Synod Representatives.  If you know you are already on the roll and wish to stay on it, you don’t need to do anything this year.  If you wish to be removed from the roll you can let the Electoral Roll Officer know at any time of the year.  If you would like to be included on the roll, please ask for an enrolment form.  Requirements and restrictions are detailed on the form but do ask if you are not sure about how to fill it in.

People on the Electoral Roll can nominate other roll members for the position of PCC member.  Again a form will need to be filled in.  Notice of the electoral roll revision will be given on 3rd March and the revision will take place from 14th March to 17th March 2024.

The date of the APCM this year is Thursday 11th April at 2.00 p.m. in the Annexe.                                                           D. Kealey, Electoral Roll Officer

Ansley Churchyard

The area designated for the interment of cremated remains in 1966 has very little space left.  The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has secured approval from the Diocese to establish a new plot in the churchyard, which will follow new Diocesan guidance.  Ashes will be poured into the ground in an existing area of grass.  A substantial cross and raised area for floral tributes will provide a focal point.  Names and dates can be inscribed on a granite memorial wall and two benches will be provided for visitors.  The estimated cost for the work is £20,000.  The plans will be made available for public viewing.  Any resident of Ansley is entitled to have their remains interred in the churchyard, unless it is designated as closed.  The creation of this new area will ensure that the churchyard will remain open for interments for many years to come.

Prayer Requests

If you would like prayers for a situation or person, please contact the church by email or phone one of the numbers on the front cover.