February Magazine

29 Jan 18

St Laurence’s Church Services 
Sunday    4th Candlemas   10.30 a.m. Joint at St John’s
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  11th Next before Lent 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  18th Lent 1 10.30 a.m. Lent screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  25th Lent 2 10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion 
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday    4th Candlemas            10.30 a.m.  Joint at St John’s
Sunday   11th Next before Lent   10.30 a.m. Family Service Girls’ Brigade
Sunday   18th Lent 1                    10.30 a.m.      Family Service
Sunday   25th    Lent 2            10.30 a.m.      Holy Communion

St Wilfrid’s, Old Arley
Wednesday 14th    Ash Wed       7.30 p.m.    Benefice 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
The funeral of Iris Perry was notified in last month’s magazine.  She was a well-loved wife, mum and grandmother.  She lived in Ansley from 1963.  She married her husband in 1959 at St Paul’s Church, Stockingford.  They had one child, Gary.  Most of Iris’ working life was spent in the Hosiery Trade.  She and her husband enjoyed gardening and she loved going to Bingo.  For some time she worked in the village shop, which is no longer there.  She attended “Good Companions” regularly.  Iris will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.  We think of them in our prayers.

Please Note
On Sunday 4th February there will be a joint service at St John’s to celebrate Candlemas.  The service will be at 10.30 a.m.  There will be NO service at St Laurence’s that morning. 

St John’s
The Girl’s Brigade will join St John’s congregation on Sunday 11th February for their church parade.

Ash Wednesday
A joint benefice service to mark the start of Lent has been arranged for Wednesday 14th February.  This will be held at 7.30 p.m. in St Wilfrid’s Church, Old Arley.  Members of St Michael’s, New Arley, St Laurence’s, Ansley and St John’s, Ansley Common are warmly invited to join St Wilfrid’s congregation at this service.  Please tell a warden or church member if you need help with transport.

Retiring Collections
There will be an opportunity to place donations on a plate at the cross aisles in aid of two deserving charities during February and March.  The first collection will be for the victims of the chemical disaster at Bhopal, which took place on 2nd December 1984.  Half a million people were exposed to the deadly gas, methyl isocyanate, and 25000 have died to date as a result of their exposure.  More than 150000 still suffer from ailments caused by the accident and the subsequent pollution at the plant site.  Our donations will be used to offer free medical care to sufferers from the disaster.  An internet search under “The Bhopal Medical Appeal” will provide further details of the aims and work of this charity.
The second collection will be towards providing clean water wells in Kaduna Province, Nigeria.  Our congregations have supported this work during Lent over the last few years.  Each collection plate will be in place for four weeks.

Lent Course
This year Gwyneth will be leading a Lent course with the title “On the Third Day” at the annexe, St Laurence’s, Ansley.  The first meeting will be on Thursday 22nd February at 7.30 p.m.  This course is open to all within the local parishes.  Come along to study God’s word at this special time of the year.  You are very welcome whether you enjoy joining in discussions or prefer to listen and reflect privately on what you hear.  If you cannot attend each Thursday, come along when you can.  The final meeting will be on Thursday 22nd March.

Advance Notice
You are warmly invited to a Women’s World Day of Prayer service at St Laurence’s Church on Friday 2nd March at 10.30 a.m.  The service this year has been prepared by the women of Suriname and has the title, “All God’s Creation is very good.”  Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be available after the service. 

St John’s Social
You are invited to a social evening at St John’s on Friday 16th February.  Please contact a member of St John’s for details and do make sure you have booked a ticket.

Final Report on the Christmas Tree Festival 2017
The 2017 Christmas Tree Festival at St Laurence’s will long be remembered as the one when there was not even one day of good weather.  There was heavy mist and drizzle the first weekend, hard frost and snow the second and the third weekend started icy and then was wet.  However it was a wonderful event, with over 400 people leaving their homes and braving the weather in order to enjoy the decorated church.  A warm drink and a mince pie were added attractions if time permitted.
Some comments from the visitors’ book include,
“Still the best ever.”
“Always special.”
“Beautiful trees.  Well done everyone – Just stunning.” 
A total of £1886.65 was made – less than last year, but very encouraging considering the difficulties.  From this sum, £380 has been forwarded to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.  The remainder will be put towards church running costs.  A further £99 was donated specifically for the churchyard fund.
We wish to thank all the individuals, organisations and businesses who assisted with this event and brought joy to so many people.

Concert at St Laurence’s Church
More than eighty people attended the concert on Friday 22nd December and very much enjoyed the performance of traditional and seasonal music.  We would like to thank the musicians, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith and Jo Maher and all who helped with organising the event and the refreshments. The church treasurer is grateful for the donation of £165 which was given to church funds.  

Christmas Quiz 2017
I would like to thank everyone who attempted the quiz.  Thank you too to all who returned the sheet for checking.  The number of correct answers ranged from 23 to 32 out of 50.  The successful winner of the £10 shopping voucher was Mr V. Holloway of Barwell, with a score of 32.  Many congratulations to Mr Holloway.                                Moreen Freestone 

St John’s Christmas Social 2017
This enjoyable social event raised £100 for hall funds.

Small Change 2017
It is a pleasure to report that those who collected small value coins during the year from purses and/or pockets contributed a total of £200.60 to church funds.  Thank you very much. 

From the PCC
The PCC members and church wardens of the four parishes making up the Benefice of Arley and Ansley are delighted to report that the Revd John Langlands will be joining us from Sunday, 3rd June.  He has sent a statement to us, giving some details of his life so far. (See the first page of this magazine.)  We pray for him and his wife, Frances that the next few months will run smoothly as they continue with their current commitments and as John prepares to take up his appointment with us.  May God be with them and with each of us as we seek to share His love for everyone in our communities.
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We are now able to announce that the Rev. John Langlands will be joining us on the 3rd June 2018 details of arrangements will follow in due course. John's message is below Rev’d John & Frances Langlands For the past 9 years we...


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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 01455 822822 all will be happy to help in any way they can.