August Magazine

28 Jul 17

St Laurence’s Church Services 
Sunday 6th Trinity 8    10.30 a.m. Ordinary Time Screen
 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday 13th St Laurence 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
 6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday 20th Trinity 10 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
 6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  27th Flower Festival 10.30 a.m.     Holy Communion
 6.30 p.m. Evensong
Friday    25th Flower Festival  7.00 p.m.   Dedication
Monday 28th Flower Festival  6.30 p.m.   Thanksgiving/Prayers
St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday    6th Trinity 8                 10.30 a.m.   Family Service
Sunday  13th St Laurence          10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  20th Trinity 10               10.30 a.m.   Family Service
Sunday  27th Flower Festival      10.30 a.m. Joint at St Laurence

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
Freddie George Russell celebrated his baptism on Sunday 25th June, supported by his parents, Jenna and Phillip and by godparents, family and friends.  The Reverend Mervyn Roberts presided at this service.

The wedding of Jonathon Goadby and Sally Dawes took place on Saturday 1st July.  The officiating minister was the Reverend Ian Kennedy.  The decorations in church reflected the couple’s links to farming and they were able to walk to their reception following the service.  We wish them every happiness in the years ahead.

Flower Festival Reminder
The 53rd Flower Festival will soon be upon us.  It opens at 6.00 p.m. on Friday 25th August, with a service of dedication at 7.00 p.m. that evening.  The Festival continues on Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  The festival will close with a service and reading the prayer jar prayers at 6.30 p.m. on the Monday.
As usual the main object is to present aspects of the Christian message to all who visit.  Proceeds from the Festival will go to the George Eliot Hospital League of Friends, Acorn Children’s Hospice and church funds.

Help needed!
The Festival could not take place without the contributions of many people in the local community.  
One important task is to tidy the churchyard.  This can be done at anytime, but especially the week beginning 14th August.  Hedges need to be trimmed, gardens weeded, paths edged and general tidying done.  If you can help, please turn up with the appropriate tools.

Donations towards the cost of flowers for the festival will be gratefully received. Donations of garden flowers and greenery will also be welcomed.

We will also need gifts of home-made cakes for refreshments plus vegetables, fruit, jams, pickles and chutneys for the produce stall.  

Help required during the festival includes serving refreshments, washing up, selling cake raffle tickets and produce.  Stewards are needed in the church to welcome visitors.  Do let Margaret Antill know if you can help in any way.  The time you give will be much appreciated.

Please publicise this event, word of mouth is the best way to let people know about things. If you can display a poster or distribute some fliers please do ask Margaret Antill on 01827 874520.

Whether you can or cannot do any of the above, please pray for this event, all those who will be involved and for those who will visit. 

Quinquennial Report on St Laurence’s Fabric
It is pleasing to note that the architect states in the introduction to his report that, “Generally the building is in fine condition.  There are areas of erosion to the dressed faces of the red stone wall, but this is not unusual.”
Some work will need to be done.  This includes finding and sorting out a leak between the tower and the nave, repairing the ground gutters, replacing and/or repairing some quarry tiles in the aisles, repairing the porch and painting the interior.

Girls’ Brigade Presentations at St John’s Hall
The evening began as the standard was paraded to the Brigade hymn.  New members received membership cards and others received appropriate service medals and achievement awards.  The girls described the themes they had looked at during the year.  The banner was returned and refreshments served.  It is always interesting to hear about the young people’s activities and their varied programme.

St John’s Tea and Cake Social
The members of St John’s were pleased with the number of people who supported this event.  As well as enjoying time together a sum of £327 was raised for hall funds. Thank you to all concerned.

Some of our readers may have heard the church bells being rung on Friday 14th July.  Members of the Coventry Guild of Ringers visited St Laurence’s to ring a peal of 5040 Surprise Minor, comprising seven methods.  The methods were Lincoln, Morpeth, Newcastle, Munden, London, Newcastle and Norfolk.  It took two hours and forty two minutes to complete the peal.  This ringing event was part of the Guild’s target of ringing “The Alphabet Quarter Peal Challenge” and was part four of that challenge.  A search on the internet showed that West Cranmore Ringers in Somerset have completed this challenge as a change from ringing random methods.  If all this intrigues you, our local bell ringers meet on Tuesday evenings.  

One Pound Coins
Please note that old £1 coins will no longer be legal tender after 15th October 2017.  It would be a good idea to make sure that any charity boxes you use do not contain the old coins.  Banks or the Post Office may change the old coins after the date above, but there may be restrictions such as having an account with the business or needing to be able to bag them in twenties.

From the past
From the magazine of August 1917 
“Sunday School Treat
Friday July 27th, was the day fixed for the Sunday School Treat, and we were favoured with very fine weather until evening. Owing to the War it was not possible to engage brakes for a long drive, as we contemplated doing, but Mr Truelove kindly allowed us to use of his field, and the teachers organised races and games and gave the children a splendid time from 2 o’clock until 6.30, when rain came on. Tea (but not eatables) was provided, which the youngsters thoroughly enjoyed after their exertions. Many thanks to the teachers for their assistance in amusing the children.”

The War
“On August 4th and 5th there are to be special prayers throughout the Kingdom to mark the third anniversary of the War. Let us make use of this great anniversary as a time for a united rally. We require more faith in God. There is need for a definite turning to God in penitence and faith. We need to brace ourselves afresh for the mighty conflict in which we are engaged.”

How times have changed – would children be content with just a drink today!
How times have not changed – we require more faith in God. There is need for a definite turning to God in penitence and faith.
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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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.