October Magazine

30 Sep 19

October St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday    6th Trinity 16        10.30 a.m.  Ordinary Time Screen
                                               6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   13th Harvest           8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion
                                              10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
                                               6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday   20th Trinity 18        10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
                                               6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  27th Bible Sunday  10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
                                               6.30 p.m. Evensong

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services                            
Sunday    6th   Trinity 16              10.30 a.m. Family Service
Sunday   13th  Trinity 17              10.30 a.m. Holy Communion  
Sunday  15th  Trinity 18               10.30 a.m. Family Service     
Sunday  22nd Bible Sunday         10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

From the Registers
The funeral of Violet (Vi) Ashton, 94, widow of the late Jim took place on Tuesday 27th August, with the Flower Festival arrangements in place. It was felt fitting as Vi had always supported the festival, as well as many church events and services over the years. Vi was born in Ansley and lived her whole life in the Village, until her deteriorating health problems caused her to move, with her sister, to be nearer her niece’s home. 
Vi worked for over 20 years in J.C. Smiths office (now Debenhams) before moving to Wagon Wrights and then to the D.H.S.S. until her retirement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her sister, brother and the wider family as they adjust to their loss. 

Harvest Festival
The second Sunday in October is our Harvest Festival weekend. This year has been more productive for most crops because of the rain and warmth earlier in the year. The wet August made gathering the cereal crops more difficult than last year, but most yields have been good. Potatoes have been particularly good.
To thank God for his goodness to us we will be decorating the church from 2 p.m.to 4 p.m. on Friday 11th and from 9 a.m. on Saturday and then cleaning the church. Any help would be much appreciated as will any gifts of flowers or produce. 
The services are as shown above. Gifts will be presented at the altar during the 10.30 a.m. service.
On Monday from 9 a.m. we will be clearing the church and moving the produce to the annexe ready for the sale and supper that evening. To book your meal of fish and chips or chicken and chips with apple pie or trifle to follow, please contact Diana Kealey 024 7639 5089. The auction of the produce will follow. Cost £6.50. Everyone is very welcome.

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. The following meeting will be on Tuesday 29th October at 2 p.m.

St John’s Harvest Festival and Supper
There was a good number at the service on the 8th September at St John’s Harvest service. As previously all the produce was given to the Salvation Army who were pleased with the donations for their work with the homeless.
The Harvest Supper on the 6th was great fun and the meal was well received. Although those organising were very tired at the end of the day everyone agreed it was a good evening and £100 was raised for hall funds.

At the Hall committee meeting it was finalised that the proceeds of the Tea and Cake afternoon amounting to £300 be divided equally between three different charities. 
The Smile Train UK for work with children with cleft palates, The Guide Dogs and North Warwickshire First Responders. 

Ride and Stride, 
For many years now Phil Rees has loyally ridden his bike around churches in the area. This year, despite not being 100 % fit and taking a neighbour to hospital that morning was no exception. He set off and visited local churches, but was disappointed that he had not seen anyone on his way round. However he will have raised over £140 together with any Gift Aid that can be collected for the Historic Churches Trust. Half of this total will be returned to Ansley for our fabric fund in due course. We are very grateful to Phil for his continued help. 

Art Exhibition and Sale
The 8th Art Exhibition and sale was a great success. The weather was very favourable and 88 members of the public visited and over £300 worth of paintings were sold. With more pictures than ever to display the old games room in the hall was used as well. 

St Laurence’s 55th Flower Festival 
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 rewarding to realise that our efforts helped people. Another observation was the vast number of stones that were put at the foot of the cross to help people leave their burdens with our Saviour.

Ever since our festival started the main object has been to bring the Christian message to all who come. We all need to rest from the work and daily pressures of life, and one of our first displays portrayed “On the seventh day God rested.” Other displays included “Be still my soul,” “He restoreth my soul,” “In peace I will lie down and sleep.” We all have troubles and as well as “Bringing all my burdens, sorrow, sin and care,” we portrayed “I have no peace, no rest and my troubles never end,” when we need to come to God for help. But then there are times when it is necessary to get up and act, e.g. “Rest not day or night,” and finally from the hymn “We rest on Thee” we took “And in Thy name we go.”

There were many hours of work carried out by a great many people in preparing for this event. Not just in creating the displays, but in making cakes, publicising, cleaning, tidying the churchyard and manning the rotas, the list is endless. All this work was freely given and helped make it the wonderful event it was. 
The forecast of a hot weekend after so much rain was encouraging. But with the church so warm, even overnight, it did make us wonder if the flowers would hold up, but hold up they did. People commented on how well they survived the heat, but it did mean that by the Wednesday when they were cleared there were not so many to share with others and leave in church for the next week.

The dry weather also meant that more people were able to sit out in the church yard, trying to find some shade and enjoying the Morris Dancing on the Monday afternoon. It was very encouraging for Ansley Morris that for their audience participation dance there were a lot more volunteers (including men!), that the ‘dancers’ took up the biggest part of the path between the church and annexe. We are very grateful to Ansley Morris for their continued freely given support to our festival each year.

The generosity of the many visitors some returning year after year, and some coming for the first time, has also made it a financial success, with a total of £3,260 raised. It will mean that £410 will be given to both Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends and the same amount to the Acorn Children’s Hospice. The remainder being for church funds. 

As usual the supportive atmosphere that accompanies our Flower Festivals did not change, the friendship and fellowship that is created in both the working together and helping one another was maintained. 

We would like to thank all those who help and support this event each year.

Samaritan’s Purse (Shoe Boxes)
If you are thinking of putting together a shoe box for the children of poor countries now is the time to be thinking of getting things together as they will need to be in by 19th November. Please make sure you include only things that are acceptable as listed on the form, which is available. Any queries please ask. 

Advanced notices 
Inner Wheel Club – Fashion Show 6th November Coton Sports Club, Tickets £5  in aid of Marie Curie, Mercia Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis and raffle in aid of Guide Dogs. 
Spurgeons Coffee Evening - Wednesday 13th at 7.30 p.m. At Diana’s house.
Christmas Cards - Why not consider sending one card to all the congregation rather than to each individual, and perhaps make a donation to the church funds.
Christmas Tree Festival – If you wish to decorate a tree please don’t forget to fill in a form.
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.

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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!