April Magazine

28 Mar 17

St Laurence’s Church Services

Sunday  2nd Passion Sunday   10.30 a.m.  Lent service                                                                    6.30 p.m.  Holy Communion.

Sunday 9th   Palm Sunday   10.30 a.m.  Special Service                                                             6.30 p.m. Evensong

Friday 14th  Good Friday  7.30 p.m.  Vigil

Sunday 16th   Easter Day    8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion                                                         10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion                                                           6.30 p.m.  Evensong

Sunday 23rd  Easter 2  10.30 a.m.  Easter Service                                                               6.30 p.m.  Evensong

Sunday 30th   Easter 3 10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion                                                           6.30 p.m.  Songs of Praise

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday 2nd  Passion Sunday  10.30 a.m.  Family Service

Sunday 9th   Palm Sunday       10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion

Thursday 13th Maundy Thursday 7.00 p.m. Shared Meal 

Sunday 16th Easter Day 10.30 a.m.   Holy Communion

Sunday 23rd Easter 2     10.30 a.m. Family Service

Sunday 30th  Easter 3    10.30 a.m. Family Service

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.Please Note

From the Registers

The ashes of Mollie Whitmore, aged 85, were interred in a family grave on Friday 17th March.

Easter Services

Palm Sunday

Please remember that the congregation will gather in the Annexe and then process to the church to continue the service.

Holy Week 

Come along on Maundy Thursday [13th April] to St John’s at 7.00 p.m., to share a meal of bread, soup and a glass of wine or fruit juice.  You will be very welcome.  This simple food helps us to remember and reflect on Jesus blessing the bread and wine at the Last Supper.

You are also invited to a vigil at St Laurence’s on Good Friday [14th April] at 7.30 p.m.  Prayers, readings, hymns and contemplation will be used as we commemorate what our Saviour endured for our sake.

On Holy Saturday [15th April], from 9.00 a.m. the church will be decorated ready for the Easter Sunday services.  We would be very grateful if you could help to arrange the flower displays.   Donations towards the cost of lilies and other seasonal flowers would be much appreciated.

Easter Day

Hallelujah!  Christ is Risen!

Please feel welcome at any of the following local services.  There will be Holy Communion at St Laurence’s at 8.00 a.m., followed by Holy Communion services at St Laurence’s and St John’s, both at 10.30 a.m.  The Easter celebrations will conclude with Evensong at 6.30 p.m. in St Laurence’s church.

We hope you will be able to join us in our celebration of this important festival.

Easter Bonnet Social at St John’s

This event takes place on Friday 7th April at 7.00 p.m. in St John’s Hall.  Please book a place in advance.  A very enjoyable evening is anticipated.

Girls’ Brigade Parade

The next parade will be on Sunday 30th April, when the girls will join St John’s congregation for the morning service.  It is always interesting to discover what has been going on and to celebrate the girls’ achievements. 


Women’s World Day of Prayer

A small group gathered at St Laurence’s on Friday 3rd March, to hold a service prepared by the church in the Philippines.  The music, songs and photos helped in setting the scene, and the voices of the people were presented through the readings.  The service closed with tea and cake in the annexe.  Thank you Gwyneth!  A donation of £75 has been sent to the organisation.

Lent Lunch

Also on Friday 3rd March, a Lent lunch of soup and bread was provided in the annexe for a donation of £1.00.  The money collected will be added to the sum from the collection plate placed at the cross aisles each Sunday during Lent. The final amount will be sent to Coventry Diocese to be used to create safe water wells in Kaduna Province in Nigeria.

Gift Aid

Most years about this time Gift Aid is brought to your attention.

This is a valuable source of income for the church.  A significant sum (25%) can be claimed by the church from regular donations made by taxpayers.  In the calendar year 2016 we received a total of £7340.97 from this, some of which had to be split between the different accounts.

This amount of money is a life saver for our funds.  If you do pay tax in any form and/or are not sure how this works, please do have a word, it makes such a difference to our income.  Please remember, as your circumstances change make sure that if you are already giving by Gift Aid that you are paying enough tax to cover the amount that can be claimed.

If you have any query about Gift Aid please have a confidential word with the treasurer.

An unexpected gift

Following a visit to our 2016 Christmas Tree Festival a Coventry church has kindly donated some beautiful crib figures.  We are very grateful and look forward to seeing them at next year’s festival.


Having tried with voluntary help to clear the moles from the churchyard, the PCC are now employing someone to do this on their behalf.  A lot of moles have been caught over the last twelve months, but there are still some that are eluding our efforts.  Volunteers are visiting the churchyard when time permits to flatten the hills and fill in the many runs, where the ground has sunk.  This is proving to be an on-going battle.  It is fully appreciated that to find a mole hill next to a grave or a flower container pushed out of place is very upsetting, but please be assured that we are doing the best we can.

Electoral Roll Reminder

Names can be added to the parochial electoral roll at any time.  If you wish to check whether your name is already on, or want to have it added, please speak to a member of the PCC.  A form will need to be filled in.  Anyone who lives in the parish and is over 16 years old may register, or anyone who is a regular worshipper at the church.  The roll is revised annually but you do not have to fill in a form each year.   Every six years everyone has to reapply if they wish to be on the electoral roll, (2019).  Those on the electoral roll have the right to elect members of the PCC, vote at the Annual General Meeting of the Parochial Church Council and/or raise matters for discussion at the AGM.  They need to be on the electoral roll to stand for election to the PCC.  A person wishing to be involved in wider decision making in the church, for example as a member of the Deanery or Diocesan Synod also needs to be on the electoral roll and is appointed by the PCC.

Parish Profile

It seems a long time ago that we bade Peter farewell.  The representatives from the Benefice of Arley and Ansley have been working hard to produce the Parish Profile that has to be agreed before advertising for a new incumbent.  The latest draft has been seen by the two PCCs and is being sent back to the Diocese for their comments.  The PCC trusts and prays that the care and consultation taken at this stage may ensure that the best person for the post will be appointed in due course.   ..........................................................................................................................

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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A New Vicar

Update on new vicar appointment process - The position was advertised, but unfortunately there were no applicants. The PCCs of Arley and Ansley will shortly be meeting with the Archdeacon to find a way forward. ...


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.