28 Feb 17
St Laurence’s Church Services
Sunday 5th Lent 1 10.30 a.m. Lent Service 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday 12th Lent 2 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion 6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday 19th Lent 3 10.30 a.m. Lent Service 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday 26th Lent 4 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion 6.30 p.m. Evensong
St. Johns Church Hall Ansley Common
Sunday 5th Lent 1 10.30 a.m. Family Service Sunday 12th Lent 2 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion Sunday 19th Lent 3 10.30 a.m. Family Service Sunday 26th Lent 4 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
No entries this month.
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.
St Laurence’s will be hosting a soup lunch in the annexe 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. A plate will be placed at the cross aisles on Sundays in Lent for donations towards providing clean water in Kaduna Province, Nigeria.
Meetings will be held in the Annexe at 7.30 p.m. each Thursday in Lent on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March. The last meeting of the series will be on 6th April. 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.
Special services for Mothering Sunday will be held at St Laurence’s and St John’s on 26th March. Posies will be given to members of the congregation in recognition of their belonging to “the mother church.”
St Laurence’s Church will be open to visitors on the 25th March from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Light refreshments will be available in the annexe during this time.
St John’s Easter Bonnet Social
This enjoyable event will take place on Friday 7th April at 7.00p.m. in St John’s Hall. Please make sure you book tickets in advance.
The date of Easter Sunday is 16th April this year. Details of services will be in next month’s magazine.
Report on the Poppy Appeal November 2016
Notification of the sum raised at church for this appeal has been received recently from the British Legion. The total was £63.43. Thank you to all who bought a poppy from St Laurence’s.
More about the Lent Course
‘To all who received him … he gave power to become children of God.’ (John 1.12.) This raises big questions. Aren’t we all children of God anyway? Just how can we receive Christ? And what does it mean to have ‘a relationship with God’? In a course crammed with discussable questions, John Young teases out from the New Testament at least three different ways in which we receive Christ. John’s course booklet is supplemented by four leading Christians, from a variety of backgrounds, on the course CD. Together they demonstrate that St John’s theology in his magisterial Gospel has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives.
Session 1: Receiving Christ: as children of God
Session 2: Receiving Christ: in the stranger and the needy
Session 3: Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion
Session 4: Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship
Session 5: ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27)
An Overview of the Church Finances
The accounts for 2016 have been sent to the independent examiner for checking. A brief description of trends in the financial health of our church and halls is provided below.
St John’s Hall
It is pleasing to report that St John’s Hall has a reasonable surplus, despite a big reduction in the number of hours required by one of its regular hirers. The Hall members should be proud of their fund raising through the year.
Ansley Village Church Hall
This hall has regular lettings and a reasonable number of occasional lets. It has a healthy balance to put towards future repairs or improvements. It was able to give a contribution to the General Fund this year.
St John’s Services Account
St John’s congregation continued to contribute towards St Laurence’s Parish Share from service collections. In January 2017, at a Hall committee meeting, the congregation agreed to increase their giving to St Laurence’s to £20 from each Sunday service, which is very much appreciated.
The sum in this account can vary considerably from year to year. It has covered the cost of grass cutting (£4760) for the year, but it would not have done so had it not been for a bequest and a donation of £1000 each.
The balance in this fund has increased by over £7000. Very little was spent on the fabric of the building in 2016, however we know internal redecoration is needed but are waiting to locate where water is getting into the nave roof. The quinquennial inspection takes place this year and may indicate further work to be done.
St Laurence’s Account
Income from weekly envelopes and standing orders through gift aid continues to fall. Gift aid donations from the Flower Festival showed a marked increase. Cash collections are lower across all services but not because of a move to gift aided schemes.
Income from weddings and funerals was lower and is a sum that cannot be predicted or planned for. The Parish Share to be paid to the diocese has been met, despite a 4% increase (£1030) on the previous year. Once this sum and running costs had been paid, the final figures showed a deficit of just over £1000.
The PCC have been asked to pay a total of £24200 in Parish Share in 2017, £2500 less than last year. This reflects the fact that we have been without a vicar and that the amount received as fees for weddings and funerals increased. Prudence is very much required though as the Parish Share can be anticipated to rise sharply in 2018.
Although the church is managing to meet its financial commitments at the moment, the PCC would greatly appreciate a regular increase in weekly giving by church members. As our Lay Reader suggested in last month’s magazine an increase of 50 pence a week would help our situation. Please do consider this if you are able to do so. If not, do be sure that your presence, commitment and contribution to the life of our church are invaluable.
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.
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