August Magazine

27 Jul 18

St Laurence’s Church Services

 Sunday    5th Trinity 10 10.30 a.m.  Ordinary Time Screen

  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday   12th St Laurence 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday   19th Trinity 12 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday   26th Flower Festival 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

Friday     24th      Flower Festival   7.00 p.m.    Dedication Service

Monday  27th Flower Festival   6.30 p.m.    Thanksgiving Service

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday     5th Trinity 10               10.30 a.m.  Family Service

Sunday   12th St Laurence          10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Sunday   19th Trinity 12               10.30 a.m.   Family Service

Sunday   26th Flower Festival      10.30 a.m.  At St Laurence’s

From the Registers


On Sunday, 15th July, Riley, Ray Tye was baptised at St Laurence’s by his great- grandfather, the Reverend Paul Rich.  It was a lovely occasion, with family and friends present to welcome Riley into the family of the church. 

Burial of ashes

Sheila Joyce Lomas’ ashes were interred in the churchyard on Monday 2nd July, following a service at Nuneaton Crematorium on Tuesday 6th June.  Joyce had lived all her eighty years in Ansley Common, spending most of her time in the home her parents had lived in.  In later years she moved into a bungalow in St John’s Road, enjoying her time there very much.  She loved her many pets and fully appreciated her garden.  Thank you to Joyce’s family and friends who gave donations to the Churchyard Fund in her memory.

Flower Festival

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the creation of Coventry Diocese.  In recognition of this, the theme chosen for our 54th Flower Festival is “Reconciliation,” which has been an important focus of the Cathedral’s work since the Second World War.  There will be twenty-seven different displays placed around the church on this theme.  These will include, ”The Cross of Nails,” “The whole creation join in one,” “Judge eternal throned in splendour,” “Amazing Grace” and “Thy Kingdom come.” 

The festival will begin on Friday 24th August at 6.00 p.m. and at 7.00 p.m. a short service of dedication will be held.  The church will be open from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  The Sunday services will be 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion and 6.30 p.m. Evensong.  The festival will close with a service of thanksgiving at 6.30 p.m. on the Monday evening.

Throughout the festival, there will be refreshments on sale in the annexe, the produce stall will be in the churchyard and there will be a raffle for a fruit cake.  On the Monday afternoon, Ansley Morris Dancers will be performing outside the annexe, weather permitting.  The weather for the 2017 festival was perfect, with lots of lovely warm sunshine; so many visitors were able to sit outside with refreshments to enjoy the dancing and the beautiful surrounding countryside.

As in previous years, there will be an opportunity to put a stone on a pile to symbolise relief from a burden carried, to add a flower to an arrangement in thanksgiving for a blessing received and/or to place a prayer in the prayer jar.  These prayers will be brought to God before the end of the festival. 

This year, as in many previous years, we will be supporting the work of the Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends, the Acorn Children’s Hospice and raising money for church funds.  Entry will be free, but we do say,

“Please place a gift here, not only to thank God for the joy of the flower festival, but to thank Him for all the joys He has brought you.”

Here are some comments from our visitors’ book about the 2017 festival.

“Absolutely beautiful – a lot of work has gone into this.” N.H.

“Very moving.  I have been to many Art galleries and was very impressed by the Art here!!” T.P.

“Love the way you have interpreted Biblical material – beautiful flowers and appreciated the Christian message.” C. & A.F.

“Knowing well the Voice of Flowers and the love of God which causes them to bring so much beauty into the world, we at Ansley have tried, through successive festivals, to share with all who care to come, this beauty, pleasure and friendship, as we portray with flowers our interpretation of the Bible.”

(Words found in the notes of the late Mrs Truelove, who introduced the Flower Festival to Ansley.) 

Ride and Stride

This event in aid of Warwickshire Historic Churches Trust will be held on Saturday 8th September.  Mr Philip Rees will be riding a route from church to church and will be seeking sponsors for his efforts.  Half the amount he makes will be returned to our church funds.  

St John’s Bingo

The next Bingo session will be held at St John’s Hall on Monday 13th August at 7.00 p.m.  Newcomers will be very welcome at this enjoyable social event.

St John’s Tea and Cake Afternoon

This event took place on a hot summer’s afternoon.  It was very well attended, enabling people to meet up with friends as well as contributing to St John’s Hall funds.  A total of £236.67 was made and a further sum from one of the stalls was donated to a charity.  The Hall committee would like to thank everyone who supported this event and all the helpers.

Girls’ Brigade Presentation Evening

A good number of parents and supporters came along to St John’s to see the girls receive badges and awards for the projects they had completed over the past twelve months.  Some of the senior group are working towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Queen’s Award.  Two members had been chosen to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden Party to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Girls’ Brigade.  The 1st Chapel End Brigade was also celebrating its 35th Anniversary.  Everyone present was invited to share in the birthday cake that had been provided.

From the PCC
Thank you to the person who has sent a donation to the Fabric Fund in memory of a loved one who is sadly missed.

The work on the ground gutters has been completed at a cost of £3336.00.  Part of the ground gutter was repaired on the north side of the church and the concrete section removed.  A new gutter has been installed on the south side, where defective concrete had been removed years ago.  The blue bricks that were required for this work were a major part of the cost.  Some unused bricks have been left for when the rest of the concrete sections are replaced in due course.  The PCC is very grateful to H &B Contractors for a job well done.

Preparations for the Flower Festival – How can you help?
The churchyard will need to be tidied, the church and annexe given a special clean and publicity spread as far and wide as possible.  Do ask for fliers and/or posters; mention it on social media and by word of mouth.  During the festival we will need stewards in church, sellers of refreshments, produce and raffle tickets.  Donations of money towards the cost of flowers and of cakes, jams, chutneys, pickles, fruit and vegetables for sale will be much appreciated. If you haven’t helped before, don’t be shy – we have lots of different tasks available!   Above all we ask you to join in our prayers for the success of this event as we share friendship, welcome many visitors and offer an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation and to reflect on His words.

Advance Notices
Ansley Village Hall Art Group will be holding its annual Exhibition and Sale on Saturday 22nd September in the Village Hall from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  There will be an extensive display of pictures created using various media.  Tea, coffee and cake will be available.  Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to St Laurence’s Church.
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.

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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!