November Magazine

31 Oct 17

St Laurence’s Church Services 
Sunday    5th All Saints 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday   12th Remembrance 10.30 a.m. Special Service
6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  19th 2nd before Advent 10.30 a.m. Kingdom Service
6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  26th Christ the King   10.30 a.m.     Holy Communion
6.30 p.m. Evensong
St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday    5th All Saints             10.30 a.m.    Family Service                    
Sunday   12th Remembrance       10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  19th 2nd before Advent 10.30 a.m.  Family Service
Sunday  26th Christ the King      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
Funeral
The Funeral of Paul Wilkinson aged 64 took place in church on the 9th October. Paul had not lived in the parish long, having moved here from Weston-Super-Mare. His work was installing security cameras before he retired. He had a great love of all types of music and was very keen on football. He was taken ill on holiday in France and died whilst there. We extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife Bernice and his family and friends 

Operation Christmas Child - Shoe boxes
The church is again collecting “Shoe boxes” for children of the third world. These will be forwarded on to the collecting points by mid-November. If you are interested in filling a box for a child please ask for a form. Marie Cove has them and there are some in St. Laurence’s and St. John’s. It is important that the instructions on the forms are followed as there are particular needs and differing age related requirements, as well as restrictions as to what can be sent into various countries. 

History Course in the Annexe
For 5 consecutive Tuesdays commencing on 14th November from 2 – 4 p.m., Dr John Hunt will be delivering another of his history courses in the annexe. This time the title is A ‘White Mantle of Churches’ and will focus on the Romanesque churches of the Saintonge, which is an area of France where even today there are some 435 churches of the eleventh and twelfth century. The cost of the course is £60. Please ask for a form or go to www.portcullishistory.com (applications need to be in by 3rd November.)

Quarter Peals 
On Wednesday 15th at 3.15 p.m. at St. Laurence’s, the Coventry Guild of Bell Ringers are planning to ring a quarter peal in honour of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th wedding anniversary. This will be one part of the guilds plan to ring 70 quarter’s in 70 different churches in the Diocese. A quarter will take about ¾ of an hour to ring and anyone is welcome to come and listen.  
On Thursday 16th members of the 4 shires group will also be ringing a quarter peal in their quest to ring at all the towers in their area. This will be at 2.15 p.m. again you are welcome to come and listen.

Christmas Raffle 
At the October P.C.C. meeting it was agreed that this year we would collect prizes and sell the Christmas Raffle tickets as usual, but draw the tickets in the Annexe after the morning service on Sunday 26th November. 
It was felt that as there was more money spent on the preparations for the Christmas Fayre on the Friday Evening than was raised on the evening, it would not make sense to continue in the same format.

St. John’s Christmas Fayre
On Saturday 25th from 2 p.m. the people of Ansley Common will be holding their Christmas Fayre in the hall in aid of the hall funds. There will be an assortment of the regular stalls toys, cakes, pickles, knitted goods and bric-a-brac around the hall, together with a raffle and some guessing games. It is also a time to meet people and as always there will be a cuppa or two and plenty of cake. 

Christmas Tree Festival
This now annual event will be open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday 2nd,9th and 16th and 12 noon – 6 p.m. on Sundays 3rd, 10th and 17th December
If you would like to decorate one of the available trees the cost is £14 which will provide you with a 4ft tree in situ around the church. They can be decorated by an individual, a group, organisation or a business. Alternatively you may like to help during the event serving refreshments or helping in the church, any help would be much appreciated. Please do not wait to be asked.
The trees will be arriving on Monday 27th and there is a lot to do to get them set up in church, if you can help please do come along.
Also please publicise this event, there are fliers and posters available or you may wish to send the internet link http://ansleychurch.org/articles/articles.php?id=616 to family or friends. 
Proceeds are for church funds with 20% being given to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.

St Laurence’s Open Church Sundays
The 1st of October saw the last of our Open Church Sundays for 2017. It has been encouraging to see so many comments written in the visitor’s book which confirms that people passing by really do appreciate the church being open. 

Ride and Stride
Phil set out on a very wet miserable day and did over 30 miles visiting local churches on Saturday 9th September. All the sponsorship money has been received and a total of £122 has been forwarded to the Historic Churches Trust. Once they have obtained the Gift Aid payable they will return half the money raised for the church Fabric Fund.

Harvest at St Laurence’s
Many people commented on how lovely the church looked this year for the Harvest Festival, this is thanks to all those who helped in any way to decorate, clean or gave flowers or gifts, Thank you.
The two lovely thought provoking services were appreciated by all who came. As agreed the tinned and packet food was taken to the Food Bank in Nuneaton and it is estimated that the value of what was taken was between £35-40. The remainder of the produce was taken to the annexe for the sale following the supper. Although there were not as many people at the supper as usual everyone had an enjoyable time. They especially commented on the apple pie and trifle that had been given. Afterwards all the produce was sold. A total of £75 was raised for church funds. Thank you to everyone who helped with our harvest celebrations in any way.

St. John’s Floor
Ever since early 1999 when the new wooden floor was put in the main part of the hall the people of St. John’s have been very proud of their wonderful new floor. It was one of the early improvements to be made to the hall. However after nearly 20 years and the building work that was done in 2009 the varnish finish was showing its age. Following some fund raising and a grant from the Borough Councillor’s fund the hall was closed for just over a week in August and the floor was sanded and re-varnished. The people at St. John’s are very pleased with this work and it is hoped that it will be a good while before it will required again.
It is very encouraging that the hall is now getting more lets on a regular basis, and together with the fundraising events this is enabling the hall to be maintained to its high standard.

St John’s Bingo Evening
Held on the 25th September those organising the event were encouraging to welcome some people who came for the first time. £100 was added to the hall funds following a very enjoyable evening.

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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.

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Christmas Tree Festival 2017

December 2017 will bring our 12th Christmas Tree Festival, and whilst the format is very similar each year, the trees will be different. We are aware that some people plan their trees months in advance, even 12 months beforehand. At the time of writing we do not know the titles of many t...

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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.