March Magazine

28 Feb 19

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services

Sunday    3rd  Next before Lent  10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  10th Lent 1                    10.30 a.m.  Morning Prayer
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  17th Lent 2                    10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  24th Lent 3                    10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  31st Mothering Sun.     10.30 a.m.   Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Songs of Praise

Wed      6th Ash Wednesday      7.30 p.m.   Joint Benefice Service

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services
Sunday    3rd Next before Lent   10.30 a.m.   Family Service
Sunday  10th Lent 1                    10.30 a.m.   Holy Communion 
Sunday  17th Lent 2                    10.30 a.m.   Family Service
Sunday  24th Lent 3                    10.30 a.m.   Holy Communion
Sunday  31st  Mothering Sun.     10.30 a.m.   Morning Worship

From the Registers
See next month.

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 Collection
During Lent, a plate will be placed at the cross aisle in St Laurence’s church for those wishing to contribute to the provision of clean water wells in Kaduna Province, Nigeria.  
Lent Reflections
The Reverend John will be leading a series of reflections during Lent.  These will rotate around the parishes, as detailed below.  
The first will be held at St John’s on Wednesday 20th March between 2.00 and 3.00 p.m. 
The second will be at St Wilfrid’s on Wednesday 27th March at 7.15 p.m.
The third will be at St Laurence’s on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.15 p.m.
The fourth will be at St John’s on Wednesday 10th April from 2.00 to 3.00 p.m.
The fifth will be at St Michael’s on Wednesday 17th April at 7.15 p.m.
 You will be very welcome at any of the venues whether you can attend them all or not.      

Ansley Prayer Meeting
The next prayer meeting will be on Tuesday 26th March in the Annexe from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

St John’s Children’s After School Club
This group will meet on Tuesday 26th March from 3.45 to 4.45 p.m. in St John’s Hall.

Children’s Holiday Club Ansley Village Church Hall
The next meeting is on Thursday 18th April from 10.00 to 11.30 a.m.

Open Church
The church will be open to visitors on Saturday 30th March, the day before Mothering Sunday, from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Advance Notices
The AGM of the PCC will be held on Tuesday 9th April in the Annexe.  This year the Electoral Roll has to be redone.  Completed forms should be handed in by 17th March.  The forms have to be completed by those who have been on the roll for the last six years as well as by those who have not been on before but would like to be included this time.

Easter – Palm Sunday, 14th April, the service will begin in the Annexe and then process to the church.  Maundy Thursday, 18th April, a service of Holy Communion, soup and bread at St John’s, 7.00 p.m., Good Friday, open church at St Laurence for individual reflection plus one hour led by the Rev. John. (Time to be confirmed).  Easter Saturday, help would be appreciated with decorating the church.  Easter Sunday there will be Holy Communion at St Laurence’s at 8.00 a.m. as well as the normal service pattern.

Christmas Tree Festival Quiz
I would like to thank everyone who took part in the quiz.   I am pleased to announce that the winner of the £10 voucher for the highest number of correct answers (40) is Mrs Councell.                                                                               M. Freestone

World Day of Prayer
Report next month

From the PCC 

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 come in early in the New Year, the PCC were able to make the decision to pay that outstanding amount.

 We had made our possible shortfall on the Parish Share clear back in the autumn, not only to the congregation and the people of Ansley but also to those who set the budget at deanery level. The other Warwickshire deaneries are helping Nuneaton deanery which has enabled Nuneaton deanery to reduce the amount they are asking us to pay in 2019. The amount we are being asked to pay is £20,000, which is a reduction of £4,594 on the amount asked for in 2018.  This £20,000 equates to the total cost allocated for 0.25 of a vicar which includes not just John’s salary but a share of other Diocesan expenditure as well.  If you wish to know in more detail how these figures are calculated please do have a word. 
We are very grateful to all who have responded to the situation that has arisen and have increased their giving in one way or another.  But please do remember that our situation is still not good as we are now without any reserves to meet any unexpected or increased costs that may occur.  
God has provided for us and we are confident of his goodness to us. 

Items of note in the accounts
General account: Overall our figures are very much the same as last year. As mentioned above we no longer had the reserves to carry forward to meet all our needs.
Of concern is that the magazine is not paying its way, having a deficit of £120.  The production costs have not increased for some years, but sales are reducing.  It is not known how long we can continue with this situation.  It is however noted that the website is being used increasingly and the information that people want is being found from there. However we still need to produce some form of paper communication.
Our heating costs are also going to continue increasing but they are monitored very closely.
Churchyard Fund: Having paid for the £4,100 worth of work carried out on the trees from the Buckler Churchyard Bequest Account, this account just managed to pay all the bills without drawing on the deposit account.  The final position was a deficit of £262.  The delay in starting the grass cutting because of the harsh winter at the beginning of 2018 resulted in £520 reduction in the grass cutting bill to £4,240.  This helped the position immensely. 
Fabric Fund: We have spent just over £8,000 on the church fabric in 2018.  However, like all work on the building, it will we hope be a case of “a stitch in time.”   As with all old buildings maintenance and repairs are ongoing issues.
Other accounts: Both the hall accounts and St. John’s Services account have made a surplus, which is ensuring they remain on a secure footing.  St. John’s Services account has also contributed £1,175 towards the parish share.

You are welcome to see a full copy of the accounts once they have been inspected.  There will be a copy in the church porch for about 6 weeks or please do have a word. 

The February PCC meeting was devoted to reviewing and updating church policies.  A printed copy of the updated policies will be placed in the files.  There is a policy file at church, in the vestry and in St John’s Hall and Ansley Village Hall.                                                                                                                             

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.  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.

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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!