October Magazine

30 Sep 17

St Laurence’s Church Services 

Sunday    1st Trinity 16   10.30 a.m. Ordinary Time Screen

  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday   8th Harvest 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday  15th Trinity 18 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday  22nd Trinity 19 10.30 a.m.      Holy Communion

  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  29th      Last Trinity 10.30 p.m.    Holy Communion

Songs of PraiseSt John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday    1st Trinity 16               10.30 a.m.    Family Service

Sunday    8th Trinity 17               10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  15th Trinity 18               10.30 a.m.    Family Service

Sunday  22nd Trinity 19               10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  29th  Last Trinity            10.30 a.m.    Family Service

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


Eden Fleur Farmer celebrated her baptism on 3rd September, supported by her parents, Helen and Ben and by her godparents, family and friends.  The Reverend Don Jones conducted the service.

Honey Violet Day celebrated her baptism on 10th September, supported by her parents, Faye and Scott and by her godparents, family and friends.  The Reverend Rick White officiated at this service.

The members of St Laurence’s congregation welcome Eden and Honey into the church family and send them every good wish as they grow in the Christian faith.


Catherine Johnson and Leigh Gunn celebrated their wedding, surrounded by family and friends on 16th September.  The Reverend Mervyn Roberts was the officiating officer.  We wish them every happiness throughout their marriage.


On Tuesday 5th September the family of Una Harper gathered at St Laurence’s to inter her mortal remains in the family grave. 

St Laurence’s Open Church Sundays

Please remember that the final Open Church Sunday for this year will be on 1st October 2017, from 12 noon to 6.00 p.m.

Harvest at St Laurence’s

Decorating the church for the harvest service will take place on Friday 6th October from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.  Preparations will continue on Saturday 7th October from 9.00 a.m., followed by cleaning the church. The church will then be open from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Your help in supplying produce, flowers, arranging or cleaning will be very welcome.  

There will be no 8.00 a.m. service this year.  Harvest Holy Communion will be at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday 8th October at St Laurence’s, when gifts will be received at the altar during the service.  Harvest Evensong is at 6.30 p.m.  The harvest celebration concludes with a Harvest Supper and auction of produce in the Annexe on Monday, 9th October.  There will be a choice of fish and chips or chicken and chips, followed by apple pie or trifle.  The cost is £6.00 per person.   Please book your meal by contacting Diana Kealey (02476395089) or through a church member.

St John’s Bingo Evening

This enjoyable social event will begin at 7.00 p.m. in St John’s Hall, Ansley Common on Monday 23rd October.      

Fifty Third Flower Festival 

The 2017 Flower Festival will be long remembered by those that took part as the year when the weather was absolutely perfect, warm, sunny and with a gentle breeze for the whole of the event. 

The theme of “Change” was portrayed in the 27 different displays and, as the Rev Mervyn 

Roberts mentioned in his sermon during the Sunday Evensong service, there were 27 different sermons in those 27 displays.  

The church congregation has experienced change over the last 15 months without a vicar, as many different clergy and readers have visited St Laurence’s to lead services.  

Another change is that last year, we were extremely busy on the Monday whereas this year it was the Saturday when we were particularly busy.  As always we are very grateful to all those who help with this happy event. There are so many that take part in their own different ways, from doing a lot of tidying in the churchyard, to helping with the cleaning, stewarding, selling produce, refreshments and raffle tickets, making masses of cakes, providing the vast quantity of produce, giving money to buy flowers and praying for the event. The list seems endless. To each and every one the people of Ansley Church say a big THANK YOU.

A few comments from our visitors’ book best portray how much the festival was appreciated.

 “Beautiful, very well done, lovely work everyone.” A B

 “Absolutely beautiful a lot of work gone into this.” N H.

 “Love the way you have interpreted Biblical material – beautiful flowers and appreciated the Christian message.” C & A F

 “Very moving; I have been to many Art galleries and was Very impressed by the Art here!! T. P.

The atmosphere that always accompanies our Flower Festivals did not change this year! 

Friendship and fellowship is strengthened, both in working together and helping one another. There is much enjoyment in meeting returning visitors and encountering new ones.  Generally everyone does their best to make the festival a rewarding occasion

The generosity of the many visitors has also made it a financial success, a total of

£3,740 was made for church funds. Of this figure 20% £748 has been transferred to the Fabric Fund and £467.50 that will be given to the Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends and the same amount to the Acorn Children’s Hospice at our Harvest Festival Service.

Ride and Stride

Mr Phil Rees completed his bike ride to raise funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Historic Churches’ Trust.  Thank you to everyone who sponsored him.  His ride took him to churches at Astley, Fillongley, Meriden, Maxstoke and Ansley.  He reports that the distance was about 25 miles and quite demanding as there are lots of ups and downs!  The total amount raised by Phil and the amount given back to our church funds will be in next month’s magazine.   

Art Exhibition and Sale

The exhibition was very well attended this year, with twice as many visitors as last year.  A total of £152 has been given to church funds from the selling of light refreshments and a percentage from sales of pictures.  Thank you to all who contributed in any way to this successful event.

Advance Notices

Christmas tree application forms are now available.  If you would like to decorate a tree and have not done so in the past please just ask for a form. Trees cost £14, which is the same as last year.  The trees will arrive on the morning of Monday 27th November and any help would much appreciated to get them in to the buckets and then in place. Decorating will be on Wednesday 29th Thursday 30th.More details next month.

The Village Christmas Fayre will be on Friday 24th at 7.30p.m.

St. Johns’ from 2 p.m. on Saturday 25th.

From the PCC

An electric heater is to be placed into the vestry to protect the area from damp.

................................................................................................................................. 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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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.