January magazine

30 Dec 17

St Laurence’s Church Services 
Sunday    7th Epiphany   10.30 a.m. Christmas Screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  14th Epiphany 2 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  21st Epiphany 3 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  28th Epiphany 4 10.30 a.m Christmas Screen
    6.30 p.m. Memorial Service
St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday    7th Epiphany 1            10.30 a.m.        Family Service
Sunday   14th Epiphany 2            10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   21st Epiphany 3            10.30 a.m.      Family Service
Sunday   28th Epiphany 4            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 Iris May Perry from Ansley Village took place at St. Laurence’s church on Monday 4th December with the decorated Christmas Trees all in place. We extend our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends at this time.

Memorial Service
This annual service will be held at St Laurence’s at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 28th January.  Please do let a church member know if you would like a name or names mentioned during the service.   We will welcome you to the service, but if you do not want to, or cannot, be present on the night the names of those you wish to remember can still be read out at church.  Whether your loss is recent or from longer ago the person or people close to your heart can be remembered at this service.

Advance Notice – Candlemas
On Sunday, 4th February, St Laurence’s congregation will join St John’s church family to celebrate Candlemas.  There will be no morning service at St Laurence’s on that day. 

Interim Report on the Christmas Tree Festival
The decorating of the trees was a very happy time, despite the biting wind that blew across the church yard.  People came in and began to decorate “their” tree, while others were suspending the bell, angels, trumpets etc. from the ceiling and arranging the village scene among others.  We were also able to display the beautiful nativity set that we were given earlier in the year by Radford and Holbrooks Methodist Church.   We placed the Holy Family with the lambs on the font and the Three Kings, travelling from the east end of the church, in one of the chancel windows.  
We will be leaving these figures on display in the church during Epiphany.  Once the trees have been cleared the kings will be moved nearer the font.  The church has donated £50 to the Radford and Holbrooks Methodist Church for their Christmas Charity as they would not accept anything for themselves. 
Unlike the Flower Festival this year, when the sun shone and it was lovely and warm, the weather for the Tree Festival has been very different.  The first weekend it was very damp and drizzly and the second weekend saw snow and ice!
However, despite the weather, it was well worth the work and everyone who has commented has said how much they enjoyed their visit.  At the time of writing, the number of visitors is lower than in previous years but is reasonable considering the weather, 

Christmas Raffle
St Laurence’s Christmas Raffle raised £567 for church funds, a record sum.  Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, both individuals and local businesses.  There were thirty prizes in all and, for the first time, the draw was held in the Annexe after the morning service.

Christmas Tree Festival Quiz
Please send your answers to the address on the quiz sheet by 10th January 2018.  Everyone who does this will receive a set of correct answers, so it is worth sending your entry in whether or not you have answers for all the questions.  The winner will be announced in next month’s magazine.

Concert at St Laurence’s
Report next month.

St John’s Events
Following the Christmas Fayre, £50 has been sent to Acorn Children’s Hospice, £50 to Childline and £100 has been placed into St John’s Hall funds.  Thank you to everyone who helped run this event or who came along and supported it.
The Christmas Bingo evening raised £100 for Hall funds.

Spurgeons’ Boxes
The opening of boxes and collection of donations for the work of the Spurgeons Children’s Charity took place in spite of our representative being in the process of moving house! £306 has been sent for its work in the UK to support children living in poverty or in danger of neglect, harm or abuse.  More about the work can be found at info@spurgeons.org.  You can also find out about the beginnings of this Christian charity and ways of becoming involved.

Tearfund
A retiring collection box is available regularly in church throughout the year to support the 
work of the charity, Tearfund.  This charity is a Christian relief and development agency based in the United Kingdom which has worked in over fifty countries.  It works primarily in supporting people in poverty and providing disaster relief for disadvantaged communities.  It also helps to alleviate hunger and provide clean water and toilet facilities.  It promotes lasting change in its work in education and addressing global issues.  Find out more at info@tearfund.org.  A total of £127.43 has been sent to this charity from this year’s collections.

Regular Giving
We will all remember Sunday 10th December 2017 as the day it snowed heavily.  It was an unexpectedly early spell of wintry weather!  It looked beautiful and the children had a wonderful time.  However many events and activities had to be cancelled.
The church was also affected.  St John’s cancelled the morning service, and the evening service at St Laurence’s was also cancelled.  Only five people attended the morning service at St Laurence’s and two of these were the visiting vicar and his wife!  It was sensible not to venture out when the weather was so bad, especially as a fall can be life changing for an older person.
One result of the bad weather was that little or no income for the church was received on that day, neither from services nor the tree festival.  We know that our regular members will either bring their envelopes to the next service they attend, or put extra cash on the collection plate.  We would however like to ask that if you do not give regularly, you would consider doing so.  Using the free will offering envelope scheme is a helpful way to be sure that you are giving a weekly contribution to the work and upkeep of the church or St John’s Hall.  We understand the envelope scheme will not suit everyone, but if you want to know more, please have a word with Margaret Antill (01827 874520).  It is estimated that £100 to £150 could be lost to St Laurence’s church because of that one snowy Sunday.  That is without including the effect on St John’s collection and the lack of Christmas Tree Festival income on that day.
It would appear from the state of the General Account that there may well be a shortfall by the end of the financial year.  The church would be very grateful if you could help to boost the funds.
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Into 2018
Worship leaders, the Lay Reader, Wardens and PCC members would appreciate your prayer support as the responsibility for worship and fellowship at St Laurence’s and St John’s continues into 2018.  We pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit, for our faith to be deepened and that we may be confident, as we put our trust in our heavenly Father, that He will provide for his people in this parish. 
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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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Christmas Tree Festival 2017

The 2017 Christmas Tree Festival at St. Laurence’s will long be remembered as the one with not a single decent day of weather for people to come out of their homes and come and see the trees. Heavy mist and drizzle the first weekend, hard frost and snow the second and the 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 01455 822822 all will be happy to help in any way they can.