September Magazine

02 Sep 19

 St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services

Sunday 1st      Trinity 11        10.30 a.m.        Morning Prayer                                                       6.30p.m.        Holy Communion    Sunday 8th      Trinity 12      10.30 a.m.         Morning Prayer                                                        6.30 p.m.        Evensong          Sunday15th     Trinity 13      10.30 a.m.         Holy Communion                                                    6.30 p.m.        Holy Communion    Sunday 22nd     Trinity 14    10.30 a.m.         Holy Communion                                                    6.30 p.m.        Evensong                Sunday 29th     Trinity 15     10.30 a.m.         Holy Communion                                                    6.30 p.m.        Songs of Praise    

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services 

Sunday 1st    Trinity 11    10.30 a.m.     Family Service                Sunday 8th    Harvest      10.30 a.m.    Holy Communion            Sunday 15th  Trinity 13    10.30 a.m.    Family Service                Sunday 22nd Trinity 14    10.30 a.m.    Holy Communion              Sunday 29th  Trinity 15   10.30 a.m.    Songs of Praise   

 From the Registers


Joe Plowman was welcomed into the church family at his baptism on Sunday 18th August.  His parents, Sam and Garry, his sister, Emma, his godparents, family and friends were present to celebrate this happy event.


Mrs Iris Wykes died on 18th July 2019, at the age of 87.  Her funeral was held on 8th August.  She was born in Polesworth and was happily married to her husband Leslie for 21 years.  She is mourned by family members and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

 The funeral took place on 16th August of Alan Harber, who died on 24th July 2019, aged 79 years.  He died just two weeks after his sister Betty who’s funeral was on `12th July.  We remember his family and friends in our prayers.

 St John’s Harvest Supper

St John’s will be celebrating harvest at a supper in the Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Friday 6th September.  Places are limited, so please make sure you book a ticket.

 St John’s Harvest Service

Harvest Holy Communion will be held on Sunday, 8th September at 10.30 a.m. at St John’s.  Gifts of produce will be donated to the Salvation Army.  Do come along to join in the celebration and to thank God for all the good things he provides.

 Ride and Stride, Saturday 14th September

Once again, Mr Phil Rees has volunteered (been persuaded?) to cycle between local churches on Saturday 14th September to raise money for Warwickshire Historic Churches Trust.  This organisation helps to maintain church fabric in the county.  Half of the sum Phil raises will be returned to St Laurence’s Church funds.  Do encourage Phil by sponsoring him, so that his efforts are rewarded. 

 Art Exhibition and Sale

Ansley Village Art Group will be holding their eighth exhibition and sale in Ansley Village Church Hall, Birmingham Road, CV10 9PS, on Saturday 21st September from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Entry is free.  Light refreshments will be available.  Do come along and enjoy the artwork on display.

 Ansley Village Art Group

This art group has been meeting for many years.  New members are always welcome.  The group meets in Ansley Village Church Hall (see details above), on Friday afternoons from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.  The cost per session is £2.00.  Most weeks everyone is working on individual projects but, several times a year, a local artist is invited  along to give some tuition in using a particular media or technique.   These sessions may be at a different time to the normal weekly pattern.

If you would like to discover if this group would be suitable for you, do pop in and make yourself known.  The group won’t be offended if you decide it is not for you! 

 New Zealand Presentation

Ian and Margaret Antill will be showing a PowerPoint presentation of their 6 week trip to New Zealand in the Annexe on Wednesday 25th September.  The evening will begin at 7.30 p.m.  There is no charge but donations may be made to the Fabric Fund.  Tea and coffee will be provided. 

 Open Church

Sunday 29th September will be the last open church afternoon of this year.

 Prayer Meeting

The next prayer meeting will be held in the Annexe at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 1st October.  Please note the time.  All are welcome to come along to this hour set aside for prayer.  The Rev. John will lead us and you are welcome to contribute or to listen and reflect in silence.

 St Laurence’s 55th Flower Festival

A full report on the festival will be in next month’s magazine.  It was fortunate this year that preparations were made during settled weather and the forecast was for it to be hot and sunny for the whole weekend.

Amazingly the forecast was correct and many people came along to enjoy the displays, meet up with friends and to appreciate the church building and its setting.

 Church Fabric

Looking after the church fabric, as with any old buildings, is a continual process and it is important that we do our best to keep on top of the many issues as they arise. This year it was noticed that masonry bees are back and attacking the old wall on the south side of the chancel again. The PCC has now got permission to do the necessary work to repair the damage. This entails filling each of the many hundreds of holes that the bees have drilled into the stone work with a precise lime/sand mix helping to prevent the bees from returning to lay their larvae in the holes next year. This work has to be done when there is no frost and it will be time consuming. If you would like to assist in this work please do let one of the wardens know.

One thing we have discovered is that the masonry bees are said not to like spearmint so we have planted a trough (we do not want it spreading across the churchyard) with the said herb, in an attempt to deter them from attacking again this ancient part of the church.

 More about Ride + Stride

Ride + Stride for Churches is organised by County Church Trusts in England and supported by The National Churches Trust, the UK wide charity for people who love church buildings.

The annual Ride + Stride Cycle Ride is the Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust’s principal source of income.

The Ride is always on the second Saturday in September and is a national event involving all the local churches trusts in England.  The formula has remained unchanged since it was launched – cyclists or walkers are sponsored to visit as many churches as they choose.  Churches are encouraged to be open, welcome the visitors and provide refreshments if they wish.  Money raised is then divided 50%/50% between the participant’s chosen church and the Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust.

 One of the suggested routes is entitled “Atherstone to the Centre of England” (Meriden) and is 30 to 35 miles long.  It visits St Mary, Atherstone, St Peter, Mancetter, Holy Trinity, Hartshill, St Laurence, Ansley, St Wilfrid, Old Arley, St Mary and All Saints, Fillongley, St Lawrence, Meriden, St Michael, Maxstoke, St Cuthbert, Shustoke, St Leonard, Over Whitacre, Church of the Resurrection, Hurley and St Cuthbert, Baxterley.  Short detours would bring you to St James at Great Packington and St Nicholas at Baddesley Ensor.  Riders are free to follow suggested routes or to devise their own tour.

 The route above gives some idea of our rich heritage in church buildings.  Even if you are not taking part in Ride + Stride this year, it could be interesting and enjoyable to visit these churches in your own time and using your own choice of transport, on foot, by bicycle or even by car!  Nor do you have to complete the route in one day!  You may not be able to look inside but the village settings and surroundings of the churches are of interest and most of the villages have cafes and/or pubs where you can find refreshment.


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 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!