November Magazine

29 Oct 19

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday    3rd    All Saints 10.30 a.m.  Kingdom Screen
                6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   10th Remembrance 10.30 a.m. Special Joint Service
               6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday   17th 2nd before Advent 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
               6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   24th Christ the King 10.30 a.m. Kingdom Screen
                6.30 p.m. Evensong

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services
Sunday     3rd  All Saints               10.30 a.m.    Family Service                                     
Sunday   10th Remembrance      10.30 a.m. Joint at St Laurence  
Sunday   17th 2nd before Advent  10.30.a.m.     Family Service     
Sunday   24th Christ the King       10.30 a.m. Holy Communion

From the Registers
George Thomas Ronnie Kelly was baptised on Sunday 29th September.  His parents, Dean and Sophie, family and friends joined in celebrating this special event.  We pray for George’s health and happiness as he is welcomed into the church family.

Prayer Meeting
The next prayer meeting will be held in the Annexe on Tuesday 26th November at 2.00 p.m.  Do join us if you can as we pray for the church and the community.

Remembrance Day
The first two minutes silence on Remembrance Day was 11th November 1919 and this year we with many thousands will again honour those who have died in war. 
The special joint Remembrance Day service at St. Laurence will commence at 10.30 .The wreaths brought by groups and individuals will be brought to the altar. The two minutes silence will commence with the chimes of Big Ben echoing, via the radio, in the church. After the service the wreaths will be returned and then taken in procession to the War Memorial and laid there.

Spurgeon’s Coffee Evening and Bring and Buy
This will be held at 34, Nuthurst Crescent on Wednesday 13th November at 7.30 p.m.  Please make sure boxes are brought along for opening.  Light refreshments will be offered.  Donations of items for the Bring and Buy would be welcome.  The Spurgeon’s charity greatly appreciates our support for their work with families and children.

Shoe Boxes Appeal –Samaritan’s Purse
Thank you to all who have taken a leaflet from church and are aiming to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children who have very little.  It is important that the instructions on the forms are followed as there are particular needs and differing age related requirements, as well as restrictions as to what can be sent into the various countries. Do remember that the boxes need to be returned to church by 19th November so they can be taken to a local centre for distribution.
More about this appeal can be seen on the Samaritan’s Purse website.  The official title of the shoe box appeal is “Operation Christmas Child.”  As is mentioned on the website, the mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Since 1990, more than 168 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from “Operation Christmas Child.”

Christmas Raffle
Tickets will soon be on sale for our Christmas Raffle.  The draw will take place on Sunday 1st December, in the Annexe, after the morning service.  Donations of prizes worth between £5 and £10 will be very welcome.  Do take tickets to sell as there are a good number of prizes and each ticket sold helps with the running of the church.

Christmas Cards
In recent years some church members have chosen to place a general greetings card on the pew by the cross – aisles.  You may like to do this too.  Donations could be made to church funds or another charity of your choice, instead of sending individual greetings.   

Christmas Tree Festival
If you would like to decorate a tree for this year’s festival, please obtain and fill in a form. The cost of a tree is £14, the same as last year.  There will be an iced fruit cake raffle but this year there will be two cakes, thus two equal prizes, as one large cake may be a bit too much for some households.  It is not too soon to advertise the festival; flyers are available from church members.  We find that the most effective form of advertising is through word of mouth, so please tell as many people as possible about this event.

Ansley Village Art Group Exhibition and Sale
Thank you to all group members for the £110 raised for church funds from the recent Art Exhibition and Sale.  We are very grateful to the artists for their generosity to the church.

Harvest Festival Report
The church once again looked very festive for our Harvest Thanksgiving services.  Many thanks are due to those who decorated and cleaned the church.  The donated produce was removed to the annexe on the Monday, ready for the auction and supper that evening,  Some suitable items were donated to Nuneaton Food Bank.  After enjoying delicious fish and chips or chicken and chips, cooked and delivered by Ansley Village Fish Shop, there was a choice of homemade trifle or apple pie.  Mr Phil Rees then auctioned the produce.  Over the past weeks produce has been left on a bench in the churchyard as it was harvested and donations invited towards church funds. The combined total from these donations, the supper and the auction is £230 at the time of going to press.  Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to contribute to our harvest celebrations.

Donation in remembrance of Mrs Vi Ashton
The members of the PCC and the congregation wish to express their thanks to the family and friends of the late Vi Ashton for their donations to church funds.  The total amount given was £370 which has been shared equally between the Churchyard and Fabric funds.  A sum of £110 donated on the plate at the funeral has been placed in the General Fund.

Churchyard Regulations
The incumbent, churchwardens and the PCC are legally required to follow the regulations set in place for churchyards in the Coventry Diocese.  These cover burials, interment of ashes and memorials.  It is essential that you seek advice at an early stage and check what is permissible.  There are a number of changes to the regulations which will have a significant impact on what has previously been permitted.  The new regulations apply from 1st November 2019.  The new regulations will be available to download from the diocesan website and will also be circulated to stonemasons and funeral directors. 

See Below Two Notices from the Reverend John Langlands
Do pass on the information below to people you know who may be interested.  More details will be circulated later.

Following the receipt of a generous grant from the Big Local, which will be used to purchase toys and appropriate equipment, St Laurence church will be starting a Parent and Toddler Group in Ansley Church Hall (Birmingham Road) in the New Year.
Look out for publicity posters and leaflets which will give all the details, and then….
Come and Join Us!!

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
Christmas Tree Festival Report 2019

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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!