November magazine

29 Oct 18

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday    4th     All Saints 10.30 a.m.  Ordinary Time Screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday    11th Remembrance 10.30 a.m. Special Service
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday   18th 2nd before Advent 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   25th Christ the King 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m.  Evensong

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday     4th All Saints             10.30 a.m.         Family Service
Sunday   11th Remembrance   10.30 a.m. Joint at St Laurence
Sunday   18th 2nd before Advent   10.30 a.m.      Family Service
Sunday   25th Christ the King    10.30 a.m.      Holy Communion

From the Registers
The baptism took place on the 16th September of Carter Lee Faulconbridge, who was supported by his parents, Bethan and Christopher, his Godparents, family and friends.  
We ask for God’s blessing on Carter Lee as he steps out on the path of faith.

The funeral of Derek Asbury aged 87 took place at St Laurence’s church on Friday 12th October.  He was a loving husband, brother, uncle and great uncle and was also much loved by his neighbours and friends.  He was always a good listener and loved being an uncle.
Mona Moore’s funeral was held at St Laurence’s church on Monday 15th October, following her death at the age of 89.  She was born in Ansley and grew up in the village with her three brothers and two sisters.  She was a loving wife to Horace and mother of Sean, Kevin and Anita.  She had five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  She was also an aunt, great aunt and great, great aunt.  She was well known in the village as, prior to her retirement, she worked mornings in the village shop for 20 years.  She was always busy and never refused to help others.  

Remembrance Day – Sunday 11th November 2018
St Laurence’s congregation is looking forward to welcoming members from St John’s church to a special service of commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War.  The church bells will be rung at 12.30 p.m. and you are invited to stay after the service for light refreshments before listening to them. 

Shoe Box Appeal
If you would like to fill a shoe box with gifts for children to be distributed over Christmas, please ask for the form that explains what is appropriate and return the box(es) to church by 10th November.  This will allow them to be taken to the local centre for collection and distribution in time for Christmas.
Marie Cove has some forms and there are some at St. Laurence’s and St. John’s.  It is important that the instructions on the forms are followed as there are particular needs and differing age related requirements, as well as restrictions as to what can be sent into the various countries. 
St John’s Christmas Fayre
You are warmly invited to this event in St John’s Hall on Saturday 17th November from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.  There will be toys, a raffle, knitted items and bric a brac, plus tea, coffee and cakes.  Come along and enjoy a chat and a catch up with friends.
Spurgeons Coffee Evening
The Coffee Evening and Bring and Buy for Spurgeons Children’s Charity will be held at Diana Kealey’s house, 34, Nuthurst Crescent, on Wednesday 21st November from 7.00 p.m.  Please bring along cash donations and/or some items to sell.   

Spurgeons have been working with disadvantaged children and families in the UK since 1867.  Martin and Margaret Oliver hosted a coffee evening annually from 2000, until they moved away from the village.  More details about the charity and its work can be found by searching ‘Spurgeons Children’s Charity’ on the internet.

St John’s Christmas Bingo
This fun event is to be held on Monday 26th November with eyes down at 7 p.m.

Christmas Raffle 
The Christmas Raffle prize winners’ tickets will be drawn in the annexe after the morning service at St Laurence’s church on Sunday, 2nd December.  If you are selling tickets, please remember to put the buyer’s details on the back of each ticket.  There will be plenty of prizes to win! If you have any suitable prizes to donate please do so.

Ride and Stride
It is pleasing to report that Phil Rees’ sponsorship for his cycle ride came to £150.  Thank you to all and especially to Phil.

Thank you to the small team that decorated the church so beautifully and also to all who contributed produce and flowers.  The harvest supper was much enjoyed – thank you to Leigh and Richard from Ansley Fish Shop for the tasty suppers.  The desserts of apple crumble, pineapple mousse and lemon tart were also much appreciated.  The auction of fresh produce made a sum of £107 for church funds while suitable items were sent to the local food bank.     

Safeguarding Presentation
Following the Safeguarding Presentation last month, a number of church members will be completing C0 training, with help from the diocese.  Some will then go on to C1 training.  Do contact a church member if you feel you should do this too and you will be sent the information. 

The editor wishes to apologise for the wording of last month’s baptism entry and puts it down to a senior moment!  The corrected entry is in the ‘From the Registers’ section above.

Christmas Tree Festival 2018
Do please ask for a form from a church member if you would like to buy and decorate a tree for our festival.  The cost of a tree is £14.00 and it will be in place ready for you to decorate.  One socket will be available to you if you wish to bring lights.  Decorating the trees will take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th December from 2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  The Festival will be open to the public from 11.00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the three Saturdays before Christmas Day and from 12 noon to 6.00 p.m. on the three Sundays before Christmas.

Parish Share
Each year each parish is allocated a figure that is required to be paid to the diocese to meet the cost of clergy, training and the upkeep of vicarages.  This has been a requirement ever since the parish priest relinquished the income from glebe land and clergy pay was equalised many, many years ago.  The figure has been allocated so that each parish shares the costs of the work of the church. 

For the first time in the memory of any PCC member it is highly likely that Ansley will be unable to meet this obligation in full this year.  The requirement for 2018 is £24,594.  Over the years there have been many times when we have only just been able to meet the payments or have used surplus funds from other years but in 2016 there was a deficit of £917 and in 2017 one of £2000. 

There is no one reason for this shortfall but some of the factors are, fewer weddings and funerals at church, fewer people attending church and the financial restraints that are affecting so many in the current economic climate. However costs continue to increase particularly electricity which provides all the heating in church.

It should be noted that money given for other funds (i.e. Church Yard and Fabric Funds) are, as required by law, restricted and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Please also note that Ansley Church does not receive any financial help for running and maintaining the church building or for the work carried out in the Church Yard. 

What are the implications of not being able to meet this payment?  If it is not for a great amount and we can meet the full payment next year, probably not a lot, but if it were to continue then it could mean a reduction in the number of clergy to minister to us.  If we are to keep the level of clergy cover the payments have to be met.

Please pray for the PCC and the church authorities as they struggle with this situation.
From the Treasurer and the PCC.
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………………....................................

Please donate
Christmas Tree Festival 2018 report

  We have had another fabulous Christmas Tree Festival, from start to finish. It was just a lovely time for all.  ...


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!