February Magazine

30 Jan 19

 St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday   3rd  5th before Lent 10.30 a.m. Ordinary Time Screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  10th Candlemas 10.30 a.m. Joint at St John’s
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  17th 3rd before Lent 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  24th 2nd before Lent 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Evensong

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services
Sunday    3rd 5th before Lent     10.30 a.m.      Family Service
Sunday  10th Candlemas           10.30 a.m.      Special Service 
Sunday  17th 3rd before Lent     10.30 a.m.      Family Service
Sunday  24th 2nd before Lent    10.30 a.m.      Holy Communion
From the Registers
No entries this month.

There will be a Candlemas service at St John’s on Sunday 10th February at 10.30 a.m.  This is a joint service, so St Laurence’s congregation are invited to join the fellowship at St John’s.  There will be no service at St Laurence’s that morning.

If you would like to explore the possibility of being confirmed, please contact the Reverend John (See front cover of this magazine.)  He will arrange sessions as convenient for candidates.  Do make contact, even if you are not sure that this is for you, as you can attend sessions without commitment.

Children’s Holiday Club – Ansley Village Church Hall
This club will be held on Thursday 21st February from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.  Do pass this information on to families you know with primary age children.  They do not have to live in Ansley itself.

St John’s Children’s After School Club
The next meeting of this club will be at St John’s on Tuesday 26th February from 3.45 to 4.45 p.m.  This club will meet each month.  Again, do please let families with primary age children know.  Participants do not have to live in the parish.

Ansley Prayer Meeting
Everyone is welcome to come to the next prayer meeting in the Annexe at St Laurence’s on Tuesday 29th February from 2.00 to 3.00 p. m.  This will be a monthly meeting on the last Tuesday of the month, where practicable.

Advance Notices – Lent 2019 
Ash Wednesday
New Arley, Old Arley and St John’s congregations are warmly invited to a Joint Benefice service on Ash Wednesday, 6th March at St Laurence’s, starting at 7.30 p.m. 
Lent Reflections
The Reverend John will be leading a series of reflections during Lent.  These will rotate around the parishes.  The first will be held at St John’s on Wednesday 20th March between 2.00 and 3.00 p.m.  You will be welcome at any of the venues whether you can attend them all or not.   More details will be in next month’s magazine. 
Lent Collection
During Lent, a plate will be placed at the cross aisle for those wishing to contribute to the provision of clean water wells in Kaduna Province, Nigeria.  
World Day of Prayer
A Benefice service marking the Women’s International World Day of Prayer, now known as the World Day of Prayer, will be held at St John’s Hall, Ansley Common 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.”  Frances Langlands is co-ordinating this service and members of St Michael’s, St Wilfirid’s, St Laurence’s and St John’s will be made very welcome. 

St John’s February Social
This event will be held on Friday 15th February at 7.00 p.m.  You do need to buy tickets in advance.  The cost is £5.00 with a pie and veg supper.   This should be a very enjoyable evening.
Christmas Tree Festival 2018
We had another fabulous Christmas Tree Festival, from start to finish.  It was just a lovely time for all.  Although some decorators could not take part this year, others stepped in.  This did keep the organisers on their toes!

More than ever this year, visitors mentioned certain  trees to the many helpers  They included the quirkiness of the Christmas Quackers Tree and the poignancy of the Poppy Tree with the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice from the parish.  Also commented on, surprisingly, was the Spring Hill Surgery Tree, regarding the number of missed appointments and the impact it had on the workload there.
Fortunately the weather was kind and we had a good number of visitors each day but unusually the last weekend was quieter, probably because it was so close to Christmas. The seasonal ill-health of some of our helpers especially for the last weekend made manning the rota more difficult and we extend a big THANK YOU to all who helped out throughout the event, and hope all who were poorly made a speedy recovery.
There were over 130 prayers on the Prayer Tree, and they were all taken to the altar and offered up to God during the Christmas Day service.  They have all been prayerfully read and a selection were read aloud at our services during the event and on Christmas Day.

Financially we had a great success, up on last year and although not a record we did make £2634.50.  £530 has been sent to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, also £95.50 from the stars on the Remembrance Tree has been added to the Church Yard Fund.
The concert of traditional English music on the 21st was attended by over 70 people and was much appreciated. We thank Jess and Richard Arrowsmith with Jo Maher who entertained us with many carols and other Christmas songs. This raised an additional £150 for church funds.
The Christmas cake raffle was won by a lady from Birchley Heath.

As usual a few comments from our visitor’s book:
“Some very clever people and a lot of hard work.”
“…Sets you up for Christmas.”th
“1st visit. Amazing. Thank You.”
 “Amazing display of colour and design. Hard work.”
 “Very impressive. Touches the Heart! Well done!

As is so often the case, publicity is probably one of the more difficult jobs of the whole festival.  By speaking to the visitors it appears to be word of mouth, the signs along the road and yes, social media that pull in the visitors.  We thank Nuneaton Memories for their help with this.  We wish to say a big thank you to all the people, organisations and businesses who assisted with this event which gave so much enjoyment to so many people.

From the PCC
Safeguarding Training
Members of the PCC will be attending a safeguarding training session on Wednesday 13th February from 1.30 to 4.30 p.m.  Other opportunities will be available at other venues for those who cannot come to this session.

The churchyard will be cleared of wreaths and unsuitable items (glass, other breakables etc.) on Monday 25th February, from 9.00 a.m.  This is to prepare the churchyard for the first grass cut later in the year.  A Health and Safety check will also be carried out.  Do please remove any items that you would like to keep from your family grave/graves and dispose of faded wreaths/arrangements before this date.  Any help you can give on the 25th will be much appreciated.

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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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!