February Magazine

27 Jan 17

St. Laurence’s Church Services

Sunday  5th   4 before Lent   10.30 a.m.  Ordinary Time                                                               6.30 p.m.  Holy Communion           

Sunday 12th  3  before Lent  10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion                                                         6.30 p.m.  Evensong                     

Sunday 19th    2 before Lent  10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer                                                           6.30 p.m.  Holy Communion         

Sunday 26th  1 before Lent   10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion                                                         6.30 p.m.  Evensong

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday 5th    4 before Lent  10.30 a.m.  Family Service             Sunday 12th  3 before Lent  10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion         Sunday 19th  2 before Lent  10.30 a.m.  Family Service           Sunday 26th  1 before Lent  10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion

During the interregnum it may be necessary to change the pattern of services from time to time at fairly short notice.  This would be to enable visiting clergy to hold a communion service.

 From the Registers


Olive Louise Allton celebrated her baptism on 18th December 2016, supported by her parents, Peter and Charlotte, her Godparents, family, friends and members of the church congregation. She is named after a great grandmother, Olive, was a stalwart choir member for many years.

This baptism was conducted by the Reverend Peter Allan.

We ask for God’s blessing on Olive as she steps out on the path of faith and on her parents and Godparents who will encourage and support her.


The funeral of Greta Morewood took place on Friday 23rd December and was attended by many.  Greta was born in 1929 and lived with her parents, Jack the butcher and Doll.  Her childhood was spent in College Street. 

She met the love of her life, Eddie and they married and later moved to Birchley Hall Farm in 1952.  They lived there happily throughout their married life.  They had two children, Janet and Peter.  Greta loved her grand children, Teresa, Tom, Chris and Charlotte and her great grand children, Ted, Isla, Oscar, Ollie, Lachlan and the bump(!).

She was a kind hearted, loving wife, daughter, sister, mum, grandma, great grandma and friend.  She will be very sadly missed.

Greta was a regular church goer and is remembered fondly by the church congregation.  Her presence is sadly missed and her constant faith in God is a shining example to us all.


The ashes of Mrs Sarah Shaw were interred in St Laurence’s churchyard on Thursday 12th January.

 Ash Wednesday                                                                                             The benefice service for Ash Wednesday this year will be held at St John’s, Ansley Common at 7.30 p.m. on 1st March.  St John’s congregation is looking forward to welcoming members from St Laurence’s Ansley and from St Wilfrid’s Old Arley and St Michael’s New Arley to mark the beginning of Lent.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

You are welcome to this special, informal service at St Laurence’s on Friday 3rd March at 10.30 a. m.  Men are very welcome too!  The service this year has been prepared by the Women’s World Day of Prayer Committee of the Philippines and has the title, “Am I being unfair to you?”  Volunteers from the congregation usually take on roles from the service sheets and we will learn about concerns of the church and women in the Philippines.  Refreshments will be served in the Annexe after the service.

Lent Lunch

St Laurence’s will be hosting a soup lunch on Friday 3rd March at 12.30 p.m.  We hope this will be a more convenient day and time than the Sunday Parish Meals we have held in recent years.  The cost will be £1.00 and will go towards the Lent collection in aid of clean water wells in Nigeria.  We hope people from the Women’s World Day of Prayer service will be able to stay for the Lent lunch and that others will join us too.

Lent Course

Meetings will be held in the Annexe at 7.30 p.m. each Thursday in Lent beginning on 9th March.  The title of the course is “Receiving Christ - in five different ways,” by John Young.  The purpose is to meet and discuss our faith, share experiences and encourage each other at this special time of the year.  Do come along.  Even if you cannot manage every meeting, you will be very welcome to those you can make.

Refurbished Processional Cross

It is lovely to have the refurbished processional cross back in church.  It was given originally in memory of George and Florence Rottenbury.  We are very grateful to a grandson of theirs who undertook this refurbishment.

St John’s Valentine Social

Final details are not available at the time of going to press, but do contact a St John’s member if you are interested.  Remember places must be booked!

St Laurence’s 11th Christmas Tree Festival Final Report

After three wonderful weekends, Ansley Church’s Christmas Tree festival ended on Sunday, 18th December with the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Following the weeks of preparation, it is good when the event is such a lovely success.

As with all such events, it is wonderful to welcome visitors to share it.  It is most encouraging to hear their positive comments and also to read those written in the visitors’ book, a few of which are listed below:-

 “Beautiful and creative.”

“Again, another year of heartfelt beauty.”

“Congratulations to you all, a wonderful display.”

“The trees are so pretty; I would love to come next year.”

The true meaning of Christmas was brought out, especially in the Nativity scene on the altar and elsewhere around the church.

 It is very pleasing to report that the sum of £2,637 was raised, of which £400 has been received by Mary Ann Evans Hospice.  A further £147 was donated to the Churchyard Fund from the stars on the “Remembrance” Tree.

 The lucky winner of the Christmas Cake Raffle was Mrs Jackson from Ansley Village.

 A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped with and supported this event in any way.

Christmas Tree Festival Quiz

I received twenty completed forms, which have all been marked.  The results ranged from 36 to48.  The winner with 48 correct answers has been sent a voucher for £10.  Congratulations to Mr Victor Holloway of Barwell, Leicester.  Thank you to all who took part. A list of correct answers will be placed on the notice board in the church porch. Moreen Freestone

Concert of Traditional Music, Saturday 17th December

This proved to be a very enjoyable event.  Thank you to the musicians, Richard, Jess Arrowsmith and Jo Ma, and to Pat Arrowsmith for organising the refreshments etc.  A sum of £40 for hire of the building and an £80 donation was given to church funds.

St John’s Christmas Social

An enjoyable evening was experienced by all who attended this social event.  £100 was made for Hall funds.

Free Will Offering Envelopes

Please ask about these if you want to give regularly to the church, but are not able to attend each week.  They are suitable for people who cannot give through the Gift Aid system, for which you have to be a tax-payer.

Churchyard Reminder

Please remember that all wreaths should be removed from the church yard before the annual gravestone inspection on Monday 20th February and before the grass is mowed for the first time this year.  During the inspection glass items, inappropriate objects and faded displays will be removed, so that the church yard retains its character and is able to be kept neat for all visitors.  It is the family’s responsibility to keep the grave area tidy and free of objects that impede maintenance.    


Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation remembered in prayer at our Sunday Services, both at St. Laurence’s and at St. John’s, please hand the slip below to a member of the church congregation or contact a warden.  Phone numbers are on the front page of this magazine.  Please remember that a visit can be arranged to anyone who is sick, but the wardens do need to know, so again please ring.

 Please pray for …………………………………who is ………………..................................

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Christmas Tree Festival 2016

After three wonderful weekends, Ansley Churches Christmas Tree Festival ended on Sunday 18th with the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols.  ...


Personal Profile
Peter Allan

As from 5th June 2016  Rev. Peter Allan has retired. However the life of the church will continue, although there may be a few changes.  If you want to contact the church please do so via the web link or email. Alternatively please telephone one of the church wardens Margaret Antill 01827 874520 or Moreen Freestone 024 7638 1833  one of the deputies Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089 or Margaret Oliver 024 7639 5674 all will be happy to help in any way they can.