October Magazine

28 Sep 18

St Laurence’s Church Services
Sunday    7th     Trinity 19 10.30 a.m.  Ordinary Time Screen
      6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   14th       Harvest 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
      6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday   21st     Trinity 21 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
      6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   28th   Last Trinity 10.30 a.m. Ordinary Time
     6.30 p.m.  Evensong
St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday     7th Trinity 19             10.30 a.m.  Family Service
Sunday   14th Trinity 20             10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   21st Trinity 21             10.30 a.m.  Family Service
Sunday   28th Last Trinity          10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

From the Registers
The baptism of Carter Lee Faulconbridge took place at St Laurence’s Church on Tuesday 16th September.  He/she was surrounded by his/her parents, godparents, family and friends as he/she was welcomed into the Christian family.  We wish him/her much love, laughter, good health and happiness through life’s journey.

Harvest at St Laurence
Decorating the church for the harvest services will take place on Friday 12th October from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.   Preparations will continue on Saturday 13th October from 9.00 a.m., followed by cleaning the church.
The church will then be open from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.  Your help in supplying produce, flowers, arranging or cleaning will be very welcome.  
Harvest Holy Communion will be at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday 14th October at St Laurence’s, when containers of gifts will be received at the altar during the service.  Harvest Evensong is at 6.30 p.m.
Supper and Auction 
The harvest celebration will conclude with a Harvest Supper and auction of produce in the Annexe on Monday, 15th October.  There will be a choice of fish and chips or chicken and chips, followed by apple pie or trifle.  The cost is £6.00 per person.   Please book your meal by contacting Diana Kealey (02476395089) or through a church member.

Safeguarding Presentation
There has been much coverage in the press over recent years of incidents of abuse of young people by those in positions of responsibility in a number of organisations, including the Church of England.  In order to better protect young people and vulnerable adults, the Church of England has reviewed its procedures and is ensuring that PCC members, and church officers (Anyone appointed or elected by or on behalf of the church to a post or role, whether, ordained or lay, paid or unpaid) are clear about their responsibilities and the actions they should take.
The PCC has adopted the Diocesan Policy on Safeguarding and this is available for you to read in the Church Halls.  You can also access the information by searching for safeguarding on the Coventry Diocese website. 
On Wednesday, 17th October there will be a Safeguarding Presentation at 2.00p.m.in the Annexe by a member of the Diocesan team.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The purpose is to clarify various aspects of safeguarding and to explain the reasons behind the actions to be taken by us as a church.  Do come along if you feel you would benefit from a clearer understanding of what requirements are now in place.
Our PCC Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Moreen Freestone.  Please contact her if you have any concerns. (See front cover.) 

Children’s Club
The Reverend John Langlands and his wife Frances will be running a children’s club on Wednesday 31st October from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in Ansley Village Hall.  This is during the school half term week.  Do pass on this information to families you know who may be interested.  Further information is available from John. (See contact information on the front cover of this magazine.)

Looking Ahead
Saturday 3rd November - Diocese Centenary Event
This event entitled “Into a shared future,” will be held at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 3rd November from 10.00 to 16.00.  Its aim is to offer a vision for the next 100 years for the Diocese, looking at three aspects,
Whole Diocese – Working together for God
Reconciliation – Participating in and with God
Deepening Faith – Receiving from God.
The day will include worship, a keynote speaker and a choice of workshops.  A light lunch and drinks will be provided.
There will be a free children’s programme for primary school children and provision for parents with pre-school children.
October.  Bookings and workshop choices (2 per person) can be made online at cov100.org.  If you need help to make a booking or with transport, please speak to a church member. 

Sunday 4th November - Back to Church Sunday
 It may seem difficult to return to church if your attendance has lapsed for any reason.  This day will give you the opportunity to come along to one of the church services in Arley or Ansley as a fresh start.  You will be made very welcome and the services will be user friendly!  You can of course come if you haven’t been to church before!  Sometimes a situation we are facing in life, an event in the news or some other prompt leads us to want to rethink our priorities.  The services on this day are for regular members of the congregation too!

Shoebox Appeal
The annual appeal to fill a shoebox with presents for a boy or a girl will shortly be upon us. 
Please check that you have read the leaflet (from St Laurence’s or St John’s) that explains what types of gifts are suitable.  The boxes will need to be handed in by mid-way through November, so they can be taken to the local distribution centre.

Christmas 2018
Autumn has barely begun but Christmas will be with us soon enough!  If you would like to decorate a Christmas tree for our Christmas Tree Festival, the order forms are available now.  Just speak to a church member or contact Margaret Antill or Margaret Kimberley.  The cost of a tree is the same as last year - £14.  Do remember to put a title for your tree on the order form.
The Christmas Raffle tickets will be distributed for sale next month.  We appreciate your help in selling tickets and also would like to ask you to consider donating a prize (£5 to £10 value).   

St John’s Harvest Celebration and Supper
Over thirty people enjoyed the supper/social at St John’s.  It was great fun.  Donated produce was given to the Salvation Army, and £100 was raised for hall funds.

Sponsored Cycle Ride
Mr Phil Rees completed his cycle route on 8th September.  He has been raising money in this way for Warwickshire Historic Churches Trust for many years and we are very grateful for his efforts. Half the amount he raises will be returned to St Laurence church funds.  It is not too late to sponsor him!  We will be able to advise you of the total he has made in next month’s magazine, once we have collected his sponsorship money.

Art Exhibition and Sale
The day was wet and the morning was quiet but it was quite busy during the afternoon.  Over £140 was made for church funds.  Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
Flower Festival
Once again this was a wonderful event, despite poor weather on the Sunday.  It is pleasing to report a final total of £3230.  Our charities, George Eliot Hospital League of Friends and The Acorn Hospice each received £403.75 and a sum of £646 was allocated to our church fabric fund.  This could not be such an enjoyable event without the help and support of many people undertaking a wide range of tasks and responsibilities.  It is very rewarding to see so many visitors enjoying the flower displays and the friendly atmosphere.  Thank you to Ansley Morris for their entertainment on the Monday afternoon and to everyone who knows they helped in some way towards the weekend’s success. 
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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Christmas Tree Festival 2018

The 2018 Christmas Tree Festival will be our 13th, and each year we have always amazed at the ingenuity of the many individuals and organisations that take part in this community event. With 60 trees around our ancient church, as well as other displays on the Christmas theme, the church looks...


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!