January Magazine

28 Dec 21

Please see below an update on church services for January 2022

(As at 21st December 2021) 

To aid ventilation the church door will be open or ajar during services.  Please make sure you are dressed warmly as the weather gets cooler.

Hand sanitiser will continue to be available.

People can choose where to sit and should move to another spot if they feel uncomfortable at any point.

The QR code will be available but lists are no longer needed.

As a result of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid–19 worshippers are asked to wear masks in church including when singing.

Masks are not required when speaking to or reading to the congregation.

Please continue to check latest advice online or by phoning a church warden. 

Please Note 

Visiting clergy and service leaders may wish to tweak the measures mentioned above.

Their choices should be respected so they can feel comfortable as they lead us in worship. 

Ansley Parish Services in January 

  2nd January       St John            10.30 a.m.  Morning Worship  

   9th  January       St Laurence    10.30 a.m.   Morning Worship

 16th January       St John            10.30 a.m.   Morning Worship

 23rd January       St Laurence     10.30 a.m.  Morning Worship

 30th January       St Laurence     10.30 a.m.   Memorial Service

 From the Registers 

The funeral of Joyce Allton was conducted by the Reverend Gail Phillips at St Laurence Church on Monday 6th December.  After working at Barclay’s Bank in various local branches Joyce and her husband Tony ran two local businesses, firstly a cruiser and canal boat hire company and later a tool hire company.  Joyce managed the business side of the tool hire company. 

As well as bringing up her family and her involvement in the family businesses, Joyce had a deep Christian faith.  She was church warden at St Laurence and very active in church events.  Her mince pies were renowned.  She also led a regular Sunday service at the Gilderwood Nursing Home in Nuneaton, where her mum had been a resident.  In later years she and Tony would spend a few months a year in their second home in a Spanish village where they were adopted into local life.

Joyce’s health deteriorated gradually, with her dementia taking a harsher toll in the last few years.  As she had wished, she died peacefully at home surrounded by her beloved family. 

Her sons, Damion and Matthew, the rest of her family, her friends and all who knew her at St Laurence will remember her with much love. 

The ashes of Jean Davis were interred in a family grave on 7th December.  We are very grateful to Jean for her bequest of £500 to the Churchyard Fund. 

As we near the celebration of Christmas we remember and pray for all families who mourn the loss of loved ones at this time of year. 

Memorial Service 2022 

This special service will be on Sunday 30th January at 10.30 a.m. in St Laurence Church.  Please note the change from the traditional 6.30 p.m. time.  As there was no Memorial Service in 2021, invitations will be sent to all those whose loved one’s funeral was held at church over the past two years.  It will be led by Denise Badland who is a member of the Diocesan Bereavement Team.

Anyone who wishes to remember a loved one at this service, no matter where or when the loss took place will be very welcome.  The names of those to be remembered can be added to a list and there will be an opportunity to light a candle in their memory.

 Prayer Meeting 

The next prayer meeting in the Annexe will be on Tuesday 25th January from 2.00 to 3.00 p.m.  All are invited to come along to join in prayers for the life of our church.  

St John’s Christmas Fayre 

The Christmas Fayre on Saturday 27th November made £255.30.  This was a very good result.  Those who came enjoyed the event even though everyone had to be careful as they moved around the stalls.  Thank you to the organisers of this event and to all who supported it. 

St Laurence’s Christmas Raffle

The winning tickets of this deliberately down sized effort were drawn on Sunday 28th November. The sale of tickets made £185 for church funds.  Thank you. 

Christmas Tree Festival Interim Report 

As with so many things in these times, Covid had an impact on this event right from the start.  Three people/organisations could not decorate their trees because of illness or having to isolate.  However other people rallied round to decorate these trees ensuring the festival was complete by the time we opened.

Having three trees outside church gave more space in the chancel to enable people to keep a safe distance from each other.  The three trees were on trolleys so they could be moved in and out.  This was especially useful during the high winds over the first weekend.

We were aware that both during the decorating and also during the event people did keep to the guidelines regarding Covid.  Fortunately the number of people requiring refreshments was just right to have steady custom at the three indoor tables.  Provision had been made for serving take away drinks and mince pies to customers when needed.  After the first weekend just over £500 had been raised and some lovely comments had been made. 

Christmas Bingo at St John’s Hall 

The Christmas Bingo session on Monday 6th December raised £130 for hall funds.  Although fewer in number than usual, everyone who went had a great time.  They were especially pleased with the raffle. 

Christmas Social at St John’s Hall 

This event was cancelled due to the onset of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. 

Christingle at St Laurence 

We were delighted to welcome the Venerable Barry Dugmore, Archdeacon Missioner of Coventry Diocese to lead this service.   It was lovely to see the Christingle candles adding their light to those from the surrounding Christmas trees as we pondered once again the significance to our lives of the coming of Jesus to be the light of the world.  A total of £70.50 was collected for The Children’s Society. 

Concert at St Laurence on Friday 17th December 

This was a much anticipated event that also had to be cancelled because of the Corona virus situation.  We hope we will be able to welcome Richard and Jess Arrowsmith plus Jo Maher back into church next year. 

A Thought for 2022 from Paul’s Second letter to the Corinthians

“Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.” 




Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation remembered in prayer during this time of disruption, please make contact by email or phone one of the following. 

Margaret Antill          018 2787 4520

Moreen Freestone    024 7638 1833

Margaret Oliver         014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            02476395089






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