December Magazine

28 Nov 18

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday   2nd   Advent 1 10.30 a.m.  Advent Screen
       6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   9th Advent 2 10.30 a.m. Advent Screen
       6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  16th Advent 3 10.30 a.m. Christingle
       6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  23rd Advent 4 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
      6.30 p.m. Carol Service
Monday  24th Christmas Eve 11.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Tuesday 25th Christmas Day 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  30th Christmas 1 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
       6.30 p.m. No evening service

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday    2nd Advent 1               10.30 a.m.  Family Service
Sunday    9th Advent 2                10.30 a.m.  Christingle
Sunday  16th Advent 3                10.30 a.m.  Family Service
Sunday   23rd Advent 4               10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Monday  24th Christmas Eve         9.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  30th Christmas 1           10.30 a.m. Joint at St Laurence
From the Registers
The baptism of Lily Susannah Ward was held on 28th October 2018, in the presence of her parents, Timothy and Jessica and her godparents.  Other family members and friends were also there to support her on this special day.
We ask for God’s blessing on Susannah as she steps out on the path of faith.

Christmas Services
We hope you will be able to join us to celebrate Christmas at St Laurence’s or St John’s.  Please check the list at the top of this page to ensure you know when and where services are being held.  The Christingle services and the Carol Service are especially enjoyable for families.

Help needed
The success of the festival detailed below relies heavily on lots of volunteers being willing to help as Stewards in church or by serving refreshments in the annexe.  Donations of home-made or bought mince pies are also needed.  If you can help in any way, please let us know.  

Christmas Tree Festival
The festival this year will be our thirteenth!  Each year we are amazed by the ingenuity and skill of the many individuals and members of organisations who take part in this community event.  The sixty trees around the church and other Christmas themed displays give a truly festive atmosphere.
The event will be open on the three weekends before Christmas, starting on Saturday 8th December.  It is open from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on the Saturdays and from 12.00 noon to 6.00 p.m. on the Sundays.  Hot drinks and mince pies will be on sale in the annexe.  It may be possible to open the church by arrangement during the week – please contact 01827874520.
The admission price has been held at £2.00 per person, with accompanied children under 12 having free entry.  Proceeds will be in aid of church funds and a donation of 20% of takings will be sent to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
This is a festival to be appreciated by all ages.  It has a big “WOW!” factor.
Visitors may like to write a prayer for the Prayer Tree in the vestry and/or light a candle.
In another part of the church there will be a Remembrance Tree.  Names of loved ones, written on star shapes, can be hung on this tree, with a £1.00 donation to be put towards the cost of grass cutting in the churchyard.
On Friday 21st December, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, with special guest Jo Maher, will present a concert of traditional English songs and carols.  Tickets for this concert cost £10, payable at the door and light refreshments will be served at the interval.  The audience can look forward with confidence to enjoying some high quality entertainment.
A crib scene on the altar will remind us all of the gift of the Baby Jesus to the world on that first Christmas Day.

Dismantling of the Trees
The date for dismantling the trees this year is Friday 28th December.  Your help will be much appreciated as the church and annexe will need cleaning once they have both been cleared.  Many hands should make light work of the task! 

Remembrance Day 
It was pleasing to welcome people to this special Remembrance Day service, marking one hundred years since the end of the First World War.  A warm welcome was also extended to members of St John’s congregation.  Family medals were worn.  Each person who lost their life during the First World War was named aloud and remembered individually.
Thank you to the Reverend Mervyn Roberts for leading this Remembrance Service.

Ringing Remembered.  
As part of the nationwide commemoration of the signing of the armistice and cessation of hostilities on 11th November 1918, the bells of St Laurence, Ansley were rung from 12.30 p.m.  
Taking part were,

1. Maureen Webb
2. Ian Antill                                                                     
3. Christopher Guise  
4. Margaret Antill 
5. Anthony Truelove
6. Anthony Truelove
Methods rung were Little Bastow and Grandsire Doubles.

Shoe Box Appeal
Thirteen shoeboxes filled with gifts have been taken to our local centre.  Thank you to everyone who has supported the Samaritans’ Purse Charity in their work with underprivileged children by donating these presents.
St John’s Christmas Fayre
This proved to be a great effort, with record takings of £344.33.  Visitors commented on what an enjoyable afternoon it was.  Thank you to the organisers and all who supported this social and fund raising event.

Spurgeons Coffee Evening
The Coffee Evening raised the sum of £288.22 which will be sent to this charity.  Diana Kealey has some publicity material if anyone would like to find out more about the work of Spurgeons Children’s Charity.

Christmas Raffle - Report next month

From the PCC
Occasionally during the past month it has proved impossible to find a vicar or reader to lead the morning service at St Laurence’s.  It has been agreed that, in this situation, a churchwarden and a deputy warden will share the roles of leading the service and delivering the sermon, which the Reverend John will prepare.  This should be a temporary arrangement and is the result of a high number of parishes being without a vicar in Nuneaton Deanery at the moment.  

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

God has been very good to us. By the end of the year we had not been able to pay £1080.40 of the parish share. However by the time of the PCC meeting on the 22nd January we had received a very generous anonymous donation and, with other funds that had c...


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!