June Magazine

30 May 17

June St Laurence’s Church Services 
Sunday    4th Pentecost  10.30 a.m. Easter Screen
 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  11th Trinity 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
 6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  18th Trinity 1 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  25th Trinity 2 10.30 a.m.       Holy Communion
 6.30 p.m. Evensong

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday    4th Pentecost             10.30 a.m.                                         Family Service
Sunday  11th Trinity                   10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  18th Trinity 1                10.30 a.m.       Family Service
Sunday  25th Trinity 2                10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Please Note
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
Baptisms
Rex Thomas John Green celebrated his baptism on the 7th May 2017, supported by his parents, Wesley and Alexandra, his Godparents, family and friends.
We ask God’s blessing on Rex as he sets out on the path of faith, with his parents and Godparents to encourage and support him.

Gwyneth’s Page (continued)
A Holiday Prayer
O God, you have preserved me in my journeyings today,
And I offer thanks for this good day:
With its cheerful companionship;
Its pleasant surprises at every turn.
And now that night has come I look forward to rest and sleep;
And a new beginning on the morrow.
I offer thanks for holiday clothes;
I offer thanks for the new variety of foods.
Let nothing that I do or say, or leave behind later, spoil this
Lovely spot for others who will come. Amen.                                              By Rita Snowden

Report on the process of appointing a new vicar
The PCC are pleased to report that the post is now being advertised in the Church Times and on Diocesan and local church websites.  Please join us in prayer that suitable applicants may apply and that we may soon be able to appoint a new vicar.  We thank everyone who has been involved in the preparations for and the final wording of the advertisement.
Quinquennial (five yearly) inspection of the church fabric
This inspection by our church architect is due shortly.  Some of the work identified at the previous inspection has not been completed.  For instance the church has not been redecorated internally because there is an outstanding problem of rainwater entering somewhere between the tower and the nave roof after heavy rain and strong wind from the east or north-east.  This will be sorted out as soon as possible and other issues reported this time will be addressed in due course.  

Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy
Marie and David Cove invite you to a coffee morning at 32, Nuthurst Crescent on Wednesday 14th June between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon.  Funds raised will be sent to the charity Childline.  Come along and enjoy delicious cakes and a friendly chat in their beautiful garden. 

The Great Community Mural Competition 2017
Our insurers, Ecclesiastical, are running this competition.  They would like an original piece of artwork on A3 paper to celebrate the role our church plays in the local community.  Entries can be created by anyone with a connection to the church, young or old and collaborations are welcome!  Any medium may be used, collage, crayons, chalk, felt-tip, embroidery or other!
The Great Community Mural will be 10 metres long and 3 metres high, featuring as many entries as possible and with the best 5 printed on a larger scale.  The overall winner will have pride of place in the centre of the mural.
The winning church will receive £10 000 and four runners up will receive £2 500 each.  The mural will be displayed in London and then tour a select number of cathedrals around the country.
The closing date for entries is 21st August 2017.  Please contact a church member if you would like to be involved in this competition.

The Historic Churches’ Trust Ride and Stride 2017
We hope to have a representative to take part in this fund-raising event, which will be held on Saturday 9th September 2017.  The money raised goes to help keep historic church buildings in good order, with a proportion returned to our own church funds.  Cycle routes between churches are produced, with cyclists stamping their sheet at each church visited.  We will hope to have our church open to visitors on that day.  More participants would be welcome!


Ansley Village Art Group Exhibition and Sale
In recent years, this event has been held in June, but this year the date has been changed to Saturday 23rd September.  The event will be held in Ansley Village Hall, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., with light refreshments available.  The artwork has been produced by a group that meets in the hall on Fridays from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.  (Weekly fee £2.00) Previous exhibitions have been praised by visitors and have lead to new members joining the group.  Most weeks members work on their own projects but visiting tutors lead sessions several times a year. 

The Manchester Terrorist AttackThe following statement can be seen on the Coventry Diocese website:-
“Our hearts rage against the assault on life at the Manchester Arena – this murder of the innocents, so many of them young. We stand with the people of Manchester, and towns and cities across the Northwest, in their grief and suffering. We pray for them.
This outbreak of evil seeks to cause fear, sow seeds of distrust between peoples and even drive communities apart. We will resist it. We will turn our rage to good.
We call on all our communities to be one community, united in resolve, showing together that the strength of human goodness overcomes the cowardice of acts of terror.
We stand together in Coventry and Warwickshire for peace in our world and reconciliation between peoples.  As leaders of different religious traditions, we stand together in Coventry and Warwickshire to condemn such cowardly acts that are not in any religious teaching, and for peace in our world and reconciliation between peoples."
Joint signatories (at time of going to press)
The statement has been signed by:Christopher Cocksworth - Bishop of Coventry; Abdullah Shehu – Chair, Coventry Muslim Forum; Sanjay Jagatia – Director/Secretary General Hindu Council UK; Bill Rattigan - Baha’i community; Ros Johnson – Jewish community; Mehru Fitter – Zoroastrian community; Harry Hall –Coventry Multi-Faith Forum; Steve Faber – United Reformed Church; Jatinder S Birdi  – Chair of the Warwick District Faiths Forum; Hobbs Bashir - The Stratford Upon Avon Muslim Association; Farzana Hannan - On behalf of Hijaz College, Nuneaton 
A prayer from the Diocese of Manchester
God of compassion,
you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress;
accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by the bombing in Manchester;
We pray especially for those suddenly facing a future without a child, parent or loved one,
young ones who are in deep distress
those who are injured, traumatized or awaiting news
strengthen them in their hour of need,
grant them perseverance and courage to face the future
and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives;
this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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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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Flower Festival 2017

The theme for Ansley’s 53rd Flower Festival is “Change” and yes each year there are changes to be made to make each festival unique. However, there are many things that do not change.   (The photographs are from the 2016 festival) ...

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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.