April Magazine

25 Mar 18

April St Laurence’s Church Services
Sunday    1st Easter 1 10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday    8th Easter 2 10.30 a.m. Easter Screen
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  15th Easter 3 10.30 a.m. Easter Screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  22nd Easter 4 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  29th Easter 5 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m.  Songs of Praise
St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday    1st Easter Day           10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday    8th Easter 2               10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   15th Easter 3              10.30 a.m. Family Service
Sunday  22nd  Easter 4             10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  29th Easter 5               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
Interment of Ashes
The ashes of Mr Keith Burnham were interred in St Laurence’s churchyard on Friday 16th March, in the grave of his wife and his son, Guy.

Easter Day
You will be most welcome at our Easter celebrations on Sunday, 1st April.
Holy Communion at St Laurence’s and St John’s, both at 10.30 a.m.
Evensong at St Laurence’s at 6.30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting of the PCC
This will be held on Thursday 19th April in the Annexe at 7.30 p.m.  You are all invited to attend to discuss the life of the church over the past year.  The PCC and officers will be elected and the Electoral Roll will be reviewed.  If you cannot come on the night but would like an input, please look for the voting sheets and information displayed at your place of worship.

Bhopal Gas Disaster 1984
The recent collection for victims still suffering thirty four years after this disaster came to £113.  Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause.
Advance Notices


The year 2018 marks the centenary of Coventry Diocese.  The Centenary Festival will be held on Saturday, 5th May from 10.30 – 16.00 at the Cathedral and in the ruins.  There will be entertainment and activities to suit all ages

“Ask the Archbishop” is an event for people in their 20s and 30s at All Saints Church, Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton on Friday 4th May.  It starts at 7.30 p.m. and includes an opportunity for questions from the audience. 

God of time and eternity,
We thank you that all our times are in your hands.
Rejoicing in your faithfulness over the last one hundred years, 
we celebrate the life of our diocese:
in stories of faith and hope,
in worship offered, disciples gathered
and communities transformed by your reconciling love.
As we give you thanks and praise,
Give us your vision for this place we cherish, 
Help us to walk your way with its people
And pour upon us those gifts we need to work with you
That, filled with your Spirit,
Your Church may serve you here with strength and joy;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A special service has been arranged at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday, 6th May at 10.30 a.m. to mark this anniversary.  Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury is the guest speaker and the Midlands Choir will be singing at the event. (This choir will be performing a fortnight later at the Royal wedding.)  Refreshments will be served after the service, so do make sure you order a ticket for these by contacting a church member.

This year our Benefice Ascension Day service will be held at St Michael’s, New Arley, at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 10th May.

St John’s Social
St John’s will be holding a social evening on Friday, 13th April at 7.00 p.m.  More details are available from St John’s.  Do make sure you book your ticket.

Women’s World Day of Prayer 2018
Report next month.

From the PCC
The members of the PCC would like to thank all who helped to clear the churchyard of wreaths and other items.  This is done to give the mower an unobstructed path around the gravestones, when grass cutting resumes.
Following an inspection in May 2017 it became clear that work would be required on the lime trees in the churchyard.  Permission has now been obtained and the work will soon begin to clear the crowns of debris. If you visit the churchyard during the works, do please keep clear of the area to avoid accidents.
Permission has also been granted to repair the ground gutters outside the building and broken quarry tiles inside the church. 

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common, Annual Report for 2017
It is very encouraging that, during 2017, there was a steady increase in demand for use of the hall by groups or organisations.  Sing and Learn and a dance group were examples of new groups.  More private lets resulted in an increase of almost £1,000 in rental income.
Fundraising sessions of Bingo and Friday social events continued and ensured there were sufficient funds to run the hall, raising a total of £1,127.  The community continued to offer support and the committee arranged a free social for invited supporters which created much goodwill.  Many thanks are due to those who have organised these events which are much appreciated by the community.
The Christmas Fair raised £100 and was a great credit to all involved.  Proceeds from Marie’s Stall of £100 were divided equally between Child Line and the Acorn Children’s Hospice.

The hall floor was resealed in August at a cost of £2,160.  The hall committee received a grant of £1,000 from the Borough Councillor’s Fund towards this cost.  The work on the floor has much improved the appearance of the hall.  A new radiator was fitted in the kitchen at a cost of £302 which has improved the warmth there.
Thank you to Wendy cooper who continued to work hard as caretaker.  By the end of the year the hall account had a balance of £4,700, an increase of over £1,054.
Thank you to everyone for help and support over the year.
An Easter Greeting

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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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A new Minister

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...


Personal Profile
Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the vicar of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

Being in a rural and farming area in the north part of Coventry Diocese is like coming home for us.  A number of years ago I pastored a church in rural Norfolk which was mainly surrounded by arable farms with some pigs and chickens.  The strong sense of community life was something very special.  This should be particularly valued in these days when many folk live such individual, separate and often lonely lives. 

We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!