September Magazine

29 Aug 18

St Laurence’s Church Services 

Sunday    2nd     Trinity 14 10.30 a.m.  Ordinary Time Screen

                6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday    9th Trinity 15 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer

               6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday   16th Trinity 16 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

              6.30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sunday   23rd Trinity 17 10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion

               6.30 p.m. Evensong

Sunday   30th    Trinity 18 10.30 a.m.    Morning Prayer

              6.30 p.m.    Songs of Praise

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services

Sunday    2nd Trinity 14        10.30 a.m.    Family Service

Sunday    9th Trinity 15         10.30 a.m.    Harvest Communion

Sunday   16th Trinity 16        10.30 a.m.     Family Service

Sunday   23rd Trinity 17        10.30 a.m.    Holy Communion

Sunday   30th  Trinity 18       10.30 a.m.    Family Service

From the Registers


The wedding of Emma Reader and Daniel Williamson took place on Saturday 18th August 2018, in the presence of family and friends.  The happy occasion concluded with the sound of live bagpipe music.  We wish Emma and Daniel much joy in their life together.  


The ashes of Rita Wilson were placed in a family grave on 1st August 2018.    

St John’s Harvest Celebration

You are warmly invited to attend St John’s harvest thanksgiving service on Sunday, 9th September at 10.30 a.m.  Donations of produce will be taken to the Salvation Army.

St John’s Harvest Supper

This enjoyable social event will take place on Friday 21sth September in St John’s Hall at 7.00 p.m.  Tickets will cost £5.00 and include a meal featuring meat pie.  Please book your tickets before the above date.

Advance Notice – St Laurence’s Harvest Services and Supper/Sale

The church will be decorated with donations of produce and flowers on Saturday 13th October, followed by Harvest Holy Communion on Sunday 14th October at 10.30 a.m. and Harvest Evensong at 6.30 p.m.  The Harvest Supper will be held in the Annexe at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 15th October, followed by the sale of produce.  Everyone from the local community is very welcome to join us at one of the services and/or at the Harvest Supper.

Further details will be in the October magazine.

Reminder – Sponsored Cycle Ride

The Warwickshire Historic Churches Trust will be holding theirannual  Ride and Stride event on Saturday 8th September.  Mr Phil Rees has kindly agreed to cycle a route via local churches and is seeking sponsorship for his efforts.  Please be generous.  Half of the sum he raises will be returned to our church funds and the rest put to use by the trust to help with the upkeep and repair of local churches, so that future generations will be able to enjoy these historic treasures..

The First Chapel End Girls’ Brigade Group

Group meetings will resume at St John’s Hall this month.  It is a local community group where girls (primarily) take part in activities, experiences, projects and skills development.  They make friends and explore the Christian faith as part of an international organisation.

The Girls’ Brigade celebrated its 125th year in July 2018.  If you would like to find out more about the organisation, you can search The Girls Brigade on line and find a page for First Chapel End Group that enables you to e-mail them for further details. 

Art Exhibition and Sale

Ansley Village Art Group’s seventh Art Exhibition and Sale will take place in the Village Hall, Birmingham Road, CV10 9PS, on Saturday 22nd September from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Entry is free.  Light refreshments will be available.

There will be an extensive display of pictures, some marked for sale, by the group members.  This annual exhibition has attracted an increasing number of visitors over the last few years.

The group meets in the hall (see above) on Fridays from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.  The cost per session is £2.00.  Members mostly work on individual projects, but several times a year, a local artist is invited along to lead a session.  If you would like to join the group, or to visit to see if it would suit you, do come along.  You will be made very welcome.

Flower Festival

A report on this event will be in next month’s magazine. At the time of going to press, the creation of the displays is underway.  A good many hours have been spent sprucing up the churchyard and the weather forecast is for mostly dry weather.  We look forward with anticipation to an enjoyable and successful weekend. 

Coventry Cathedral – Something Different!

Meet me in the Ruins

This new theatre piece will be curated by Alan Pollock in collaboration with four local writers.

It has been commissioned for Plumb Line Centenary Arts Festival 2018 and celebrates the legacy of Coventry Cathedral’s ruins.  Four couples meet to share moments of love, strife, heartache and hope.  It is an open air performance in the cathedral ruins (CV1 5FB) and is produced in association with the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.  

The performances run daily at 6.00 p.m .until 8.30 p.m. from Thursday 6th September to Saturday 8th September, with a Matinee on the Saturday at 2.00 p.m.  Tickets can be obtained by visiting the website

International Gala Prom

The Friends of Coventry Cathedral together with the Cathedral and Cathedral Chorus are delighted to invite you to an International Gala Concert on 29th September at 6.00 p.m.

This will be a spectacular evening with an international flavour, reflecting the fact that the Community of the Cross of Nails International Gathering will be coinciding with the concert.

The programme includes music by Puccini, Verdi, Sibelius and a special performance of the Warsaw Concerto by Menken.

Tickets are £15 and are available from the following website or by ordering directly from the Friends of the Cathedral.


From the PCC

Growing healthy Churches – Questionnaire 2018

Over recent years the Diocese of Coventry has used a programme entitled ’Growing Healthy Churches’ to assess where churches fit alongside a number of aspects of church life and to help them develop further where needed.   As part of this process the PCC agreed, at the end of May 2018, to participate again in the questionnaire.  It was felt it would be useful to assess the current position so as to be able to highlight areas for future focus. 

The questionnaire was last used in April 2016, just before the interregnum, when they were used to help prepare the Parish Profile (Job description).  Representative members of each of the three congregations were asked to complete the forms, so that there would be a more accurate reflection of each congregation’s views.  The May 2018 results have now been received.

The form consists of some 90 questions which are answered by choosing to tick a range of boxes showing agreement “to a very great extent” through “average” agreement to agreeing “not at all.”  The answers are fed into a computer algorithm and results generated numerically. The charts produced from the questionnaire contain lots of information – please ask if you would like to see them.  

  The Reverend John Langlands, the PCC and St John’s leaders will consider the results and, once a clear way forward is established, will work to achieve improvements.  Please remember that not everything can be tackled at once.  Encouraging the use of Bible reading notes and exploring the setting up of study/prayer groups are being developed.  

Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire.  

We hope and pray for “Healthy Churches” in Ansley Parish. 


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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Ringing Remembers

"We will remember them"  As part of the nation-wide commemoration of the centenary of the signing of the Armistice and cessation of hostilities the bells of St. Laurence Ansley were rung from 12.30 p.m. on Sunday 11th November 2018. Takin...


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!