May Magazine

29 Apr 19

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday    5th   Easter 3  10.30 a.m.  Easter Screen    
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  12th Easter 4 10.30 a.m. Joint at St John’s
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  19th Easter 5 10.30 a.m. Easter Screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  26th Easter 6 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m.    Evensong

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services
Sunday    5th Easter 3                 10.30 a.m. Family Service                                     
Sunday  12th Easter 4                 10.30 a.m. Family Service  
Sunday  19th Easter 5                 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion     
Sunday  26th Easter 6                 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion   

Please Note - Velo Birmingham & Midlands Cycle Event on 12th May
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.

From the Registers
The baptism took place on Sunday 28th April of Cleo Elizabeth Green, daughter of Wesley and Alex.  Family and friends joined Cleo and her parents to celebrate this special day.

Open Church
St Laurence church will be open on Sundays from 12.00 noon to 6.00 p.m. from May to September.  It provides a quiet space to think, pray or meditate, whether for a few minutes or a bit longer. 

Prayer meeting at the Annexe, St Laurence
The next prayer meeting will be at 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 25th May. Please note this is a later start time because of other commitments earlier in the day.  

Ascension Day Service
The congregations of St Laurence’s, St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s are warmly invited to the Methodist Chapel at Old Arley for a service to mark this special day in the church calendar.  The service will be at 7.00 p.m. 
After School Club at St John’s Hall
The next meeting will be on 21st May at 3.45 p.m.  This date is a week earlier than the normal pattern because the following week is the school holiday.   Children are invited to come along to have fun and join in a range of activities.

Children’s Holiday Club at Ansley Village Church Hall
The next meeting will be on 30th May at 10.00 a.m.  Come along and join in craft and other activities.   

Lent Collection
Thank you to all who contributed towards providing water wells in Kaduna Province, Nigeria.  The sum of £161 has been sent to Coventry Diocese, which sponsors this much needed programme of improvement for the health of the local people.

Easter 2019
Easter morning began very early for the Reverend John Langlands and a confirmation candidate from St John’s, Ansley Common as they made their way to Coventry Cathedral for the dawn confirmation service.  Other early birds attended 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion at St Laurence’s.  The church was beautifully decorated and we thank all who helped by donating towards the cost of flowers, preparing the displays or helping to clean the building. 
We would like to offer special thanks to Maureen Webb who supplied a good number of knitted ducklings, each holding a chocolate Easter egg.  The sale of these made £60.00 for the fabric fund.

Advance notice – Warwickshire Local History Society

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley and
St John’s Church, Berkswell

Saturday 6th July 2019
10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Dr Hunt will help us to investigate the developmental sequence of the two churches and find out about their tenurial history and landscape setting, taking account of the medieval communities that these churches served as well as of the buildings themselves.
Price:- £21, including buffet lunch and afternoon tea (£24 non members).
To book a place, please contact Rowan Fisher on 07507293669 or email or download a booking form from our website -

Easter message from Bishop Christopher
from the Coventry Diocesan Bulletin
Early one morning, long ago, two women, with that deep emptiness that only grief can engrave onto hearts, arrived to tend the body of the one they loved and in whom they had put all their hope.  He had been cruelly killed, a victim of violence.
Their emptiness met another emptiness – an empty tomb – and an angel who brought them hope.  Hope of resurrection, of life, a new future.  It filled their emptiness.  It sounds impossible.
The angel’s promise was proved true when they met the risen Jesus, alive with life and love.  The impossible became possible.
Have you seen the Knife Angel standing tall outside the Cathedral?  100 000 knives, some of them used to bring life to an end, reshaped into a massive messenger of peace?  It’s beautiful and terrifying.  The face that’s seen suffering and a body that holds out empty hands and beckons us to new ways of living.  It sounds impossible.
I’ve seen something stir in the hearts of those who’ve come in their thousands to see this angel that’s visited Coventry.  I’ve seen dreams form and hope rise.  I’ve seen a new future dawn where love heals hate and peace defeats violence.  I’ve seen the impossible becoming possible.  I’ve seen Jesus risen from the dead saying, “Walk with me in the way of life.”  I’ve seen Easter come and emptiness end.

Report on Gift Aid tax year ending 5th April 2019
The total tax refund received, being 25% from our combined Gift Aided Contributions was £6164.12.
This is broken down as follows:-
General Fund                       £5344.91
Fabric Fund                              £51.31
Churchyard Fund                    £214.63
St John’s Ansley Common £553.27
Many thanks to all who use Gift Aid, it makes such a difference for us.

From the APCM
The PCC has retained the same members and officers as last year.  Sincere thanks are due to all who play a part in the running of the church, remembering the cleaners, helpers in the churchyard, bell ringers, organists/pianists, flower arrangers, brass cleaners, plus sidesmen (and women).  We are especially grateful this year to have had the leadership and support of the Reverend John Langlands and his wife, Frances.

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
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!