January Magazine

28 Dec 18

 St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services

Sunday    6th   Epiphany  10.30 a.m. Christmas Screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  13th Epiphany 2 10.30 a.m. Christmas Screen
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  20th Epiphany 3 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  27th Epiphany 4 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Memorial Service

St John’s Church Hall Ansley Common Services
Sunday    6th Epiphany               10.30 a.m.       Family Service
Sunday  13th Epiphany 2            10.30 a.m.      Holy Communion
Sunday  20th Epiphany 3            10.30 a.m.      Family Service
Sunday  27th Epiphany 4            10.30 a.m.      Holy Communion
                               
From the Registers
Funeral
The funeral of Delia Elizabeth Warren took place at St Laurence’s church on 15th November, followed by burial in the church yard.  Many members of her family and many friends were there to celebrate her life, to say their farewells and to support each other.
Interment of ashes
Kenneth (Jack) Knight’s ashes were interred in a family grave on 26th October, following his death earlier this year. 
 
Memorial Service
Our annual memorial service will be held at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 27th January.  You are invited to come along to remember loved ones.  Names will be read out during the service.  If you would like a name to be included, please add it to the list in church or speak to a church member before the service date.  You may want to mark a recent loss or a past bereavement.  It would be lovely if you could attend yourself but, if not, your loved one’s name or names will still be included.

Advance Notice
A service marking the Women’s International World day of Prayer will be held at St Laurence’s on Friday 1st March at 10.30 a.m.  The material this year has been prepared by the committee in Slovenia and has the title “Come.  Everything is Ready.”  
 
Christmas Tree Festival  2018
Interim Festival Report
The trees arrived on Monday 3rd December, as planned.  It was a very stormy day and we were very lucky that the lovely trees arrived in the dry.  Fortunately, after some heavy rain, the weather was drying up as we started to put them in the buckets and carry them into church. 
The decorating of the trees and the other displays took the rest of the week and was completed almost on time.  It was lovely to see all the different people and organisations greeting each other and chatting as they worked on their displays.
Some very positive comments were given to the stewards in church and some visitors took the trouble to write in the Visitors’ Book.  When we have time we will need to translate one comment that was written in Latin! 
As always, we encouraged everyone to pass on their thoughts to their friends and neighbours, as getting the message out that the festival is worth a look is quite a task.
By the end of the first week we had raised £677.66 for church funds and £169.42 for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.  £36 was also donated to the separate Church Yard Fund.
We now look forward to the next two weekends, trusting that the weather will be on our side.
The final totals and the winners of the Cake Raffle and Quiz will be in next month’s magazine.
Pana Bore-Hole, Kaduna, Nigeria
You may remember that a collection was held during Lent last year towards providing clean water wells in Kaduna Province, Nigeria.  An update on progress was included in a recent Diocesan Bulletin. 
“A big thank you to all those churches and individuals who donated to provide a much needed water bore-hole in Pana village in Kaduna diocese, Nigeria.  £3080 has been raised and this has been transferred to Kaduna and the drilling will start shortly.  It is hoped that we will be able to provide photos of the drilling and the finished well.”
The Bishop of Kaduna, the members of the Anglican diocese of Kaduna and particularly the benefited communities say, “Thank you so much."
Christmas Raffle 
The winners of the raffle prizes were drawn after the morning service on Sunday 2nd December.  This fund raiser made £625 for church expenses.

Diocesan Conference
Two people from the PCC attended a Diocesan Conference at Coventry Cathedral earlier in the autumn.  The day took the form of a talk by Bishop Christopher and then a conversation between Sarah Hills and Richard Cooke, followed by lunch, a choice of two workshops each from a list and ended with Holy Communion.  It was interesting to spend time and share experiences with people from other parishes.  The Reverend John Langlands and his wife, Frances were able to attend the morning session but had other commitments for the afternoon.
 A Rural Theology of Place
The discussion centred on how people appreciate churches in rural settings and like to visit them and/or to have the opportunity to ‘be quiet with God.’  Although many issues were raised, it was the general consensus that churches should be open for visitors as much as possible but monitoring to check that no abuse takes place is important.  Some churches provide a kettle and a supply of tea, coffee etc. for visitors and walkers, especially when the church is close to popular walks and trails.

Digital Giving
It was recognised that many people carry little cash with them nowadays, preferring to use debit or credit cards.  The methods by which the latter could be used for giving in church were discussed.  One method would involve giving a pre-set amount each time a card is swiped using a contactless machine and another would involve the church having a card reader linked to a mobile phone, so the donor can choose what sum to give. The options will be brought before the PCC for discussion next year.  If you have any thoughts on this, please let us know.  l

Reaching Twenties and Thirties
Some ideas that emerged were that this is a wide age group, experiencing very different stages of life.  They can appreciate different styles of worship, may welcome services during the week, or incorporated into other activities.  They may like to have their views considered, take responsibility and mix with other age groups.  They may be much more into social media and able to share their skills.  A number of practical suggestions were given for consideration

Rural Ministry
This group discussed some of the pros and cons of being a rural church.  An encouraging statement was that “Rural churches are not failed big churches any more than satsumas are failed oranges!” In the end the mission of both urban and rural churches is the same.   
                                                                                                                                
From the PCC
The PCC very much appreciates that a few people have increased their giving, following the information given about our financial situation.  At the time of writing we do not have exact figures for the end of the year but a report will be given in the February magazine.
We realise that economic circumstances are uncertain and that we each have to make ends meet.  As we start a new year, please consider prayerfully how much you can give, either regularly or as a one-off contribution.  If you would like to know the most efficient way of giving to the church, considering your circumstances, please do have a word.  

We wish all our readers a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!
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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 report

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

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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!