April Magazine

01 Apr 19

 St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services

Sunday    7th        Passion 10.30 a.m.  Lent Screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  14th Palm 10.30 a.m. Special Service
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  21st Easter   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  21st Easter 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  28th Easter 2 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m.    Evensong

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services 
Sunday    7th Passion                 10.30 a.m. Family Service                                     
Sunday  14th Palm                      10.30 a.m. Holy Communion  
Sunday  21st Easter                    10.30 a.m. Holy Communion     
Sunday  28th Easter 2                 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion     
Holy Week
Thurs 18th Maundy Thurs       07.00 p.m. At St John’s      Details below
Friday 19th Good Friday 12.00 -5.00 p.m.    At St Laurence’s Details below

From the Registers
On 17th March, the family and friends of Penny Morewood celebrated the joy of welcoming Penny into the family of God’s people.

We remember the families of the following members, or former members, of our community whose bodies or ashes were laid to rest at St Laurence’s during February and early March. 

Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.”                 Matthew 5 verse 4.

Josephine Mary Fairbairn died on 13th January 2019, aged 70 years.  Her remains were interred in her parents’ grave (William and Joyce Fallows) on 6th February 2019.

Barbara Kathleen Brockwell died on 21st April 2017, aged 85.  Her interment took place on 19th February 2019, when she was reunited with her husband, Dennis. 

Kathleen Mary Hartshorn, from Ansley Common, died on 27th January 2019, aged 95.  Her remains were interred in a family grave on 19th February, where she is re-united with James and John Saunders.   Kathleen was a long standing member of St John’s Church, Ansley Common and will be remembered fondly by the congregation there.

Ronald (Ron) Sperrin, of The Lord Nelson Public House and Restaurant , died on 31st January 2019, aged 83.  His remains were re-united with those of his wife Marlene on 28th February 2019.  The church was filled with family members and many of his friends as they gathered to share memories and support each other.

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.  The April meetings are detailed below.  
At St Wilfrid’s on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.15 p.m.
At St Wilfrid’s on Wednesday 10th April at 7.15 p.m. with Arley Annual PCC AGM.

You will be very welcome at any of these venues, whether you can attend them all or not. 
As there are some changes to these venues and dates, compared to last month’s entry, you may wish to check the information above with one of the contacts on the front cover of this magazine.

Holy Week and Easter 2019
Palm Sunday 14th April
The congregation at St Laurence’s will meet in the Annexe for the start of the special Palm Sunday service and then progress to the church.

Maundy Thursday 18th April
You are all invited to St John’s Hall at 7.00 p.m. to join in remembering this special day. A simple meal will be shared to mark the Last Supper, when Jesus and his disciples met to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover.

Good Friday 19th April
The church will be open from 12.00 to 5.00 p.m.  You are warmly invited to come along when you wish during this time and to stay for a while, as suits you.  Suggestions for Bible readings, meditation and prayer will be available, or you may wish to rest in the peace of the church with your own reflections.  

Holy Saturday 20th April
Volunteers are needed to help with decorating the church for Easter Day.  Come when you can from 9.00 a.m.  Cleaning will also need to be done, once the arrangements are in place.  It is always a joy to see the church “spick and span” for Easter Sunday.  

Easter Flowers
Any donations towards the cost of flowers to decorate the church for Easter will be very much appreciated.

Easter Sunday 21st April
There will be Holy Communion at St Laurence’s at 8.00 a.m., followed by services of Holy Communion at St Laurence’s and St John’s, both at 10.30 a.m.  Evensong will be held at St Laurence’s at 6.30 p.m.  You are very welcome to join us in worship on this special day. 

St John’s Bingo
The next session will be on Monday 8th April at 7.00 p.m.  

This meeting will be held in the Annexe at 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday 9th April.  Members of the church are welcome to attend as well as PCC members.

Advance Notice – Velo Birmingham 12th May 2019
This event is planned to take place on Sunday 12th May and will have an impact on local routes and roads.  Access to St Laurence’s Church will not be possible between 05.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.  The 10.30 a.m. congregation are invited to join St John’s congregation that morning, although some members may not be able to reach St John’s either!  St Laurence’s church will be accessible for the evening service as normal.  Visitors to the church yard will also be affected during the hours mentioned above.  A search on “Road closures near Ansley 12th May” brought up a page showing a detailed map of the route and timings for road closures.

Report - World Day of Prayer
Frances Langlands organised this service, which had been prepared by the women of Slovenia.  The theme was “Come – Everything is Ready!  Come to praise, thank and proclaim the kingdom of love. 
The passage from Luke 14 verses 15 to 24 were at the core of the service.  Jesus tells a parable about a great dinner which was attended by people called from the streets as the invited guests excused themselves.  Those who met at St John’s heard about issues affecting the life experiences of particular women from Slovenia, which were also relevant to our society.  We were left to reflect on who is missing from the table within our community.
The members of the congregation contributed to the readings.  Refreshments were enjoyed after the service and £30 has been sent to the organisation.  Thank you to Frances and to all who helped in any way.

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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Flower Festival August 2019

Over the 55 years that this festival has been held in St Laurence’s Church Ansley, it has never ceased to amaze that for each year, and in good time, a theme is sent. (an answer to prayer!). For 2019 the theme is “Rest”.For those doing th...


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!