July Magazine

29 Jun 18

St Laurence’s Church Services

Sunday    1st Trinity 5 10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer

  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday    8th Trinity 6 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday  15th Trinity 7 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  22nd Trinity 8 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

    6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday  29th Trinity 9 10 30 a.m. Holy Communion

  6.30 p.m. Songs of Praise

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday    1st Trinity 5                 10.30 a.m.    Family Service

Sunday    8th Trinity 6                 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday  15th Trinity 7                 10.30 a.m.    Family Service

Sunday  22nd Trinity 8                 10.30 a.m.    Holy Communion

Sunday  29th Trinity 9                 10.30 a.m.    Family Service

From the Registers


On 26th May Nicola Snade and Matthew Arnold were married. It was a lovely day and we wish them every happiness in their married life together.


The funeral took place at St Laurence’s this month of Mr Peter Thurman.  He lived locally in Birchley Heath all his eighty years.  During the last few years sadly he suffered from dementia.  He was known to his many friends as Dicky.  We extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to his family, particularly his nieces and nephews and to his neighbours and friends, including many at Ridge lane Football Club, which he supported passionately all his life. 

Girls’ Brigade Presentations at St John’s Hall

A presentation evening will be held at St John’s Hall on Thursday 5th July at 6.00 p.m. Girls will be awarded their badges. There will be refreshments after the awards. All are welcome to come along to support the event and/or to find out about the group.

St. John’s Tea and Cake Afternoon.

The people at St. John’s will be holding their annual Tea and Cake Afternoon on Saturday 14th July from 2 -4 p.m. 

As can be expected there will be plenty of cake to buy, but also to eat in the hall with a cuppa and have a chat. There will also be a few stalls and a raffle and a guessing game.

It will be a time for people to meet together and have an enjoyable time. The proceeds of the event are for the hall funds. Please do come along you will be most welcome.

 St John’s Bingo

It was a lovely warm evening when the Bingo session on the 11th June was held in the hall.

Although fewer in number all those that were there had a very enjoyable time and £80 was raised for hall funds.

We need to say a big thank you to everyone who regularly supports this event by doing all the many tasks that are required to make these events the success they are.

Coffee Morning with Bring and Buy

Marie’s Coffee morning was as usual held on a sunny day this year the 13th June. It was lovely to sit in their garden and enjoy the flowers and drink tea or coffee and enjoy the good selection of cakes. This event with the added donations raised £105 for “ChildLine” which has been sent directly. Thank you to Dave and Marie for this very happy annual event.

Bell Ringing

During June there have been three different groups visit the church to ring the bells.

On Saturday 16th a band visited from Loughborough. On Saturday 23rd a band from Bulkington came. They rang various methods for the 45 minutes they were with us before going on to another church to ring there.

On Wednesday 20th a band of six ringers came from the Coventry Guild and rang a full peal of 5040 changes of Surprise Minor made up of 24 different methods in 2 hours 41 minutes. 

We do try if we have sufficient notice of the booking to make mention of these visits as we are aware that some people like to come and enjoy the sound of the bells.

You may have heard from the “Archers” of Ring for Peace Armistice 100. The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers are hoping to encourage 1400 new ringers to learn to ring this year.  During WW1 1400 bell ringers gave their lives in the service of our country. 

If you, or if you know of someone who would like to be one of those 1400 new ringers do please contact Anthony Truelove 01676 541105. It is not difficult to ring but it takes time and it is important that you learn the right technique.

John and Frances  

It is so good to have a vicar with us, after exactly two years without one. 

By the time you read this John will have lead services for the whole of June. To enable John to spend time at each of his churches, he will be with St, John’s on the 2nd Sunday each month. At St Laurence’s on the 3rd and 4th Sundays in the morning and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the evening services. Frances is also wanting to help with worship and other things including playing the organ at St. John’s, leading intercessions and reading lessons at St. Laurence.

The Invitation to meet John and Frances was well attended at St. John’s on the 23rd. It was very encouraging to see some faces of people who do not normally come to church.  Marie, particularly was very encouraged. 

(The one in the Village Church Hall is too late for this issue.)

Please do make yourself known if you see them at an event. The contact details are on the front of the magazine and on the website. 

Questionnaires/ 8 Qualities 

Some of the members of all three congregations have completed questionnaires as part of the Natural Church Development Survey. From these there will result information regarding our position in 8 different areas. This may sound complicated and a lot of work for what most of us already know, but with the written evidence our new vicar will be able to seek the help and support of a team of six people who are working around the diocese to equip and empower the disciples (people) to work in the parishes.

Church Yard

We are sure you all know it was a very cold winter and then we had rain followed by a lot of warm weather, just the right combination to delay the growth in the grass and then there is the time of catch up. Your own lawns will have been just the same. The grass cutter has done his best to keep on top of the cutting but is has been a very difficult season so far. Hopefully things will ease and the churchyard will start to look better. We will continue to do our best with the funds available.

Also it is becoming apparent that there has been a massive amount of growth on the bushes and on unattended graves. It is looking if we will need to allocate more time to the annual clean-up of the churchyard which we do during the lead up to the Flower Festival. If you are in a position to spend some time and bring your tools tidying the churchyard please do so. It will be very much appreciated.

Flower Festival

Our 54th Flower Festival will commence on Friday 25th August and will run as usual for the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday Weekend. The theme is “Reconciliation”, in recognition of the centenary of the Diocese of Coventry which is being celebrated this year.

If you are able to help in any way do please let us know, there is always plenty to do. Things that need to be done include, as mentioned above, tidying the churchyard and the surrounding area, cleaning the church and annexe on the Friday. Also serving and making refreshments, and a good supply cakes are always needed. Plus produce for the stall and help selling raffle tickets and stewarding. Donations towards the cost of the flowers are always appreciated.

Publicity is always something that everyone can do, please do tell your friends and neighbours - take fliers and posters, it all helps.

Finally please pray for this event that it will be enjoyed by all who come and that the message of “Reconciliation” will be felt by all who visit.


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 cover 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

The theme of Reconciliation was portrayed around the church and our new vicar was able to speak on the subject at each of our 4 services. The theme was chosen in recognition of the centenary of the diocese of Coventry, recognising the reconciling work that is carried out ...


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!