July Magazine

27 Jun 19

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday    7th            Trinity 3 10.30 a.m.  Ordinary Time Screen
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  14th Trinity 4 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
  6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  21st Trinity 5 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  28th Trinity 6 10.30.a.m. Holy Communion
  6.30 p.m. Evensong

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services
Sunday    7th Trinity 3                 10.30 a.m. Family Service                               
Sunday  14th Trinity 4                 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion  
Sunday  21st Trinity 5                 10.30 a.m. Family Service     
Sunday  28th Trinity 6                 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

From the Registers
Saturday 1st June was the wedding day of Cole Davis and Kirsten Pugh, they were lucky with the weather and everyone was able to enjoy a very happy day. The bride’s father was so proud that he was heard saying to the photographer that it was the most exciting day in his life. We wish them a long and happy married life together.

The funeral of Shirley Ross took place in church on Wednesday 12th June followed by cremation in Nuneaton. Shirley was a very caring person and had a great love of animals. 
One thing that was said was that she had tap danced with Roy Castle. We extend our sympathy and prayers to her family and friends at this sad time.

Prayer Meeting at the Annexe
This meeting, on 30th July, provides an opportunity to meet in a group to share a time of prayer.  The Rev John will lead the session.  Although you may wish to pray aloud you are equally welcome to listen and keep silence.  This is not a set group of people but open to everyone who would like to support the church in this way. 

St Laurence’s 55th Flower Festiva
The 55th Flower Festival will soon be upon us.  Please advertise it as widely as you can.  Posters and flyers are available from church or you may prefer to use social media or word of mouth.  Your prayers for the success of this event will be welcome too, especially that we will have enough helpers to prepare and run the event. 

Christmas Concert 2019
This year Jess and Richard Arrowsmith will be bringing the Melrose Quartet to give a concert at St Laurence’s Church on Friday 20th December.  As we have limited space and this is a very popular group, we are being asked to book tickets online only.  This can be done by searching under Melrose Quartet and then Tour Dates.  Tickets are on sale now.  Please ask for help if you want tickets but do not have internet access.  Tickets are £10 each plus a £1 booking fee.

Marie and Dave Cove’s Coffee Morning
Thank you to all who came along to this event, to the providers of refreshments and Bring and Buy items and to those who supported it with donations.  Although the garden was bright with flowers as usual, this year the weather did not encourage sitting outside!  It is pleasing to note that £94 was raised for Childline.  Thank you to Marie and Dave too.  

St John’s Tea and Cake Afternoon
This will take place on Saturday, 13th July at St John’s Hall from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.  Come along to browse through the stalls and enjoy a pleasant social occasion.  Money raised will be for charity.

St. John’s Bingo
Last month’s session raised £100 for St John’s Hall funds and raised people’s spirits too!
From the PCC
Thank you to those who came to the meeting of members of the churches in the Benefice at St Laurence’s on 10th June to hear the Rev John review his first year with us, with the help of the recent survey.  The Rev John spoke about the past year and handed out photocopies showing what he had been doing in Ansley and Arley other than regular services.  He has enjoyed being with us and had received much positive feedback from St Laurence’s and St John’s.  The breakdown of his year shows how busy he has been – certainly more than he could accomplish sticking strictly to “half a post” hours in the Benefice!   The Archdeacon, Sue Field, did mention that we should make sure that one day a week (Mondays) is set aside as a day off, when we must not contact him.  John is about to take a well deserved holiday.  He should also have had six Sundays off during the past year but has taken only one!  We pray that he and Frances may enjoy a relaxing holiday and return refreshed.  We thank them both for their contributions to our church life since June 2018.

Having now looked back over the year, the Rev John would like us to be involved in planning for the future.

On Sunday 16th June he distributed a discussion sheet, asking us to consider our vision and hopes for the future at St Laurence’s and St John’s.   We will be looking at these after taking time to think about the questions individually.  All members of our congregations are welcome to contribute their comments and ideas.  If you need copies of the papers mentioned, please speak to a churchwarden.

We will be asked to complete an “Eight Essential Qualities” survey again later in the year but we hope to be given some guidance on each quality before then.  The Rev John is our Curate in Charge.  When his training as a curate is complete, Coventry Diocese will then look to making a permanent appointment to the Benefice.  This will involve us updating our Parish Profile and the results of the “Eight Essential Qualities” survey will be used to help with this profile.

We have received notification that our Poppy Appeal in November 2018 made £67.95. 
The Salvation Army has sent a donation of £5.85 from the sale of goods from the Clothes bank in the car park.  This has been placed in the churchyard fund.  Please do continue to use the bank as both the Salvation Army and ourselves benefit from the donations.

A visitor to the churchyard in June found a black rubbish bag lying around.  As It was being emptied into the bins, some good quality garden shears were found in it.  Please speak to a church member if they are yours and they will be returned to you.
Masonry or mortar bees have been making holes in the south wall of the chancel. Following advice from our architect Peter Sheen and Rugby Pest control, these holes will be filled later in the year, once the bees have left and we have the necessary permission.  These bees are supposed to dislike the smell of spearmint, so we will trial growing spearmint in tubs below the wall.  Having read this you will be able to answer any questions about why a herb garden has appeared in the churchyard!

The PCC is aware that the painting of internal walls in church is overdue.  Permission is being sought to paint the North Aisle walls this September.  Volunteers will be appreciated to help with this task.  There are some issues with damp in other parts of the church which we hope to solve before completing the rest of the internal paintwork.

The members of the PCC have each completed modules C0 and C1 in safeguarding.  C2 training will be undertaken by the churchwardens as courses become available.  Our Safeguarding Officer (Moreen Freestone) and the Reverend John have already completed C2 training.
Health and Safety
Two of our bell ringers will be completing a First Aid course organised through the Bell Ringing Guild.
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 2019 Report

(Photographs to follow as soon as IT issues sorted)The hot sun shone and many people came to our festival this year, with the theme of “Rest”. We had many comments in our visitor’s book reflecting on the peace that they found. It is very r...


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 Curate 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!