May Magazine

26 Apr 18

St Laurence’s Church Services                                                                                

 Sunday    6th Easter 6 10.30 a.m.  Easter Screen

  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  13th After Ascension 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday  20th Pentecost 10.30 a.m. Easter Screen

  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  27th Trinity 10.30 a.m.

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday    6th Easter 6                 10.30 a.m.     Family Service

Sunday  13th After Ascension     10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday   20th Pentecost              10.30 a.m. Family Service

Sunday  27th Trinity                    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


Calista Liberty Marie Heart, daughter of Adam and Emma was baptised on 15th April.

Leighton Kenny Hill, son of Michael and Samantha was baptised on 22nd April.

We welcome both children into the church family.

Interments of Ashes

The ashes of Mrs Joan Richardson were brought back to Ansley by her family and interred with her husband on 28th March.

On 12th April the ashes of Mrs Winifred Joan Hall were interred with her husband Alan in the cremation garden.

Ascension Day

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. Everyone is welcome to this special service.

Archdeacon’s Visitation 

On Tuesday 15th the two wardens and two deputy wardens will officially take office at the special service at Holy Trinity Attleborough. Members of the congregation are welcome to attend the services in support of their churchwardens.  Please let us know if you would like to be there.  The churchwardens would appreciate your prayers as they commit to their task for the coming year. 

Women’s World Day of Prayer 2018

It was originally planned that this service should have been held on Friday 2nd March, the same day as all participating around the world would normally hold their service. However because of the snow and very cold weather it was deferred to Monday 19th making publicity difficult. The few who attended focussed their thoughts on the country of Suriname. A total of £85 was forwarded to the organisation. Thank you to those who have given to this cause.

Report on Good Friday

As a change from our usual format the church was open for people to come and go from 12 noon to 5 p.m. There was a selection of suggested readings, hymns and some thought provoking articles, or alternatively people could just come to pray and reflect on the Passion of our Lord.  It is not known how many people did come, but this comment was left 

“Valued time set aside to meditate and pray.”

Easter 2018.

Despite the difficulties created by the cold weather the church was decorated with white lilies and daffodils. Thank you to those who helped provide them. This made our church as lovely as ever. The Easter celebrations at both services at St. Laurence and the one at St. John’s proclaimed the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour. 

St John’s Social

St John’s Easter social evening on Friday, 13th April at 7.00 p.m. was much enjoyed by all those who attended. And £100 was raised for the hall funds. Thank you to all those who support and work so hard for these events. 

Lent Collection

As in previous years there was a retiring collection for the provision of Clean Water Wells in Kaduna, Nigeria. A project supported by the diocese. A total of £66 has been forwarded. 


Our AGM was held in the annexe on Thursday 12th April. We were able to welcome as a new member to the PCC Mrs Bernice Wilkinson. Most of the officers have continued to be held by the same people, however Margaret Oliver was elected Lay Chair in place of Gwyneth Hickman, who will be on a sabbatical for the next six months commencing the 1st May, and Diana Kealey as deputy. The reports and account for 2017 were presented and are available in the church porch for inspection. The Electoral Roll was updated. 

Please do remember the PCC in your prayers as we moved forward into a new era with the guidance of Rev. John Langlands, as he comes to be with us. 

Work in the churchyard

Every five years the trees in the churchyard are inspected as legally required to keep them in good order and safe for visitors. The eight lime trees which we think are about 100 years old have needed some attention to remove the dead wood from their crowns. This high level work has been undertaken by professionals during April. 

The cold weather did mean that the grass did not need cutting until the April, but undoubtedly like all our gardens the grass will catch up and grow even quicker over the next few months. 

The inclement weather of the winter 2017-18

As you are all fully aware the weather this winter has made it difficult for people to get about including coming to church. There has also been a lot of sickness. All this has had an impact on the numbers at our services. It has been much appreciated that when people have missed services, when they have next been able to get to church they have brought with them the donations that they would have made so that the church has not lost out financially. 

Please do remember that the church still has to pay its bills even if you cannot come.


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. 

Thy Kingdom Come 2018

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling Christians to join them in a global time of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost, 10th -20th May this year. They are asking us all to pray ‘Come, Holy Spirit’, that we may be empowered as witnesses to Jesus Christ; that God’s kingdom may come in our lives, in this nation and beyond.

This period of prayer for the kingdom to come will conclude with a celebration of baptism and confirmations in an informal service at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 19 May.

To find out more and #Pledge2Pray visit

Sunday 3rd June

Please make a special note in your diary as this day we will welcome Rev. John Langlands as our Minister. His first special service in Ansley will be at 6.30 p.m. in St. Laurence church. 

Do please pray for John as starts his ministry with us. 


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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Flower Festival 2018

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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!