December Magazine

28 Nov 19

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday   1st    Advent 1 10.30 a.m.  Advent Screen
                                         6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday   8th    Advent 2 10.30 a.m.    Christingle
                                        6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  15th Advent 3 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
                                       6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  22nd Advent 4 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
                                        6.30 p.m. Carol Service
Sunday  29th Christmas 1 10.30 a.m. Joint at St Wilfrid’s
                                        6.30 p.m. No Service

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services
Sunday    1st  Advent 1              10.30 a.m.    Family Service                                     
Sunday    8th Advent 2              10.30 a.m. Holy Communion  
Sunday  15th Advent 3              10.30.a.m.          Family Service     
Sunday  22nd Advent 4              10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
Sunday  29th Christmas 1         10.30 a.m. Joint at St Wilfrid’s

Christmas Day
Tuesday 24th Christmas Eve    9.30 p.m.    Holy Communion at St John’s
Tuesday 24th Christmas Eve  11.30 p.m.    Holy Communion at St Laurence
Wednesday 25th Christmas Day  10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion at St Laurence

From the Registers
Interments of Ashes
Marlene Haywood died this year on 8th April.  Her ashes were interred in a family grave on 9th October 2019.
The ashes of Benjamin Joseph Smedley, who died on 25th September were interred in a family grave on 22nd October 2019.
Following her death on 30th October, the ashes of Clarice May Hands were interred in the grave of her sister and brother in law on 19th November 2019.
Mr Andrew Melville died on 30th October and his ashes were placed with those of his wife on 19th November 2019.
Mrs Janine Hutchinson died on 6th November.  Her ashes were interred in a new plot on 19th November 2019.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of each of those named above.

Christmas Services
Please note the arrangements for services through December, as shown above on the grid.  A joint Benefice Service will be held at St Wilfrid’s, Old Arley at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday 29th December.  There will be no evening service at St Laurence’s on that day.

Can you help?
The Christmas Tree Festival has become such a success because many individuals and groups take part.  If you can offer to be a steward in the church, help with serving refreshments, help to clean or prepare before or after one of the weekends, it would contribute greatly to another wonderful event.  Please let a member of church know what you could do, or speak to Margaret Antill. (See contact details on front cover.)

St Laurence Church Ansley Christmas Tree Festival 2019
The 2019 Christmas Tree Festival will be our 14th, and each year we are always amazed at the ingenuity of many individuals and organisations that take part in this community event  With 60 trees around our ancient church, as well as other displays on the Christmas theme, the church looks very festive.

The event will commence on Saturday 7th December and will be open each weekend up to Christmas.  Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon - 6 p.m.  During the event there will be hot drinks and mince pies available in the annexe.  The church can also be opened by arrangement for groups during the week. 

Admission will continue to be £2.00 per person and accompanied children under 12 will be free.  The proceeds will be in aid of Church funds, with a donation of 20% being given to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.

On Friday 20th December Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, with special guest Jo Maher, will be returning, but this time as part of the Melrose Christmas Tour, performing a concert of traditional English songs and music with Christmas carols included.  Tickets £10 plus £1 booking fee are available from with light refreshments during the interval.  This is really well received each year.

Visitors of all ages respond with a “Wow” as they enter the brightly lit church.  Last year there were titles such as “Medical Treetments,” and “Treeannosaurus Rex and Friends.”
There will be the usual trees that we have each year e.g. the Poppy Tree and also the Remembrance Tree, where visitors can put the names of loved ones on a star and make a donation toward cutting the grass in the churchyard.  In the vestry there will be the Prayer Tree and the opportunity to light a candle.  Other displays will be in some of the windows and suspended from arches and ceilings.  As in previous years, there will be a crib on the altar to remind all of us that the gift to mankind of the baby Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas.

The report and photographs of last year’s festival can be found at

Exploring Christianity
This is a series of meetings over the next few months which anyone is welcome to attend, either as a “taster” or come to as many as you wish.  Part Two of the series will be on Tuesday 3rd December at 7.00 p.m. in the Annexe at St Laurence or on Thursday 12th December at 7.00 p.m. in the Barn at Old Arley.  A session lasts an hour, with a ten minute video at the beginning.  Refreshments will be available afterwards if anyone wants to stay and chat.

St John’s Christmas Social
You are invited to this social event on Friday 13th December in St John’s Hall.  There will be carols, bingo and friendly, enjoyable company.  Please bring your own food.  There is no charge for this event.

Prayer Meeting
The next prayer meeting will be in the Annexe on Tuesday 28th January at 2.00 p.m.

Remembrance Sunday
After heavy rain the previous day, it was a relief that Remembrance Day was bright and sunny, though cold.  The Reverend James Martin led the service.  Some passers-by joined us as wreaths were laid before we returned to the warmth of the Annexe for a hot drink.

Spurgeon’s Coffee Evening and Bring and Buy
Thank you to all who supported this event.   A very pleasing total of £427 has been sent to Spurgeon’s for their work with children and families in the UK.  The website  has further details of their work.

Shoe Boxes Appeal –Samaritan’s Purse
Twenty brightly decorated and gift filled shoe boxes were taken to a local collection centre in Coventry by the deadline given.  They will provide joy and be appreciated by children around the world who would receive very little, if anything at this festive season. 

A total of £60.27 has been received by the church from “easyfundraising”.   You can use this link when buying on line.  Participating retailers give a small percentage to the charity you name.  If you would like more details, please speak to Margaret Antill.

Thank you 
Many thanks from the PCC and the church congregation are expressed to the family and friends of the late Marcia Sutton for the donations that have been given in her memory. The church has received £200.50 from the undertakers and this has been put into the fabric fund as agreed with the family.

Christmas Cards
In recent years some church members have presented their Christmas greetings to all church members on a single card.  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. The cards will be displayed on the bench at the centre of the church.

Reports next month
Reports on the Christmas Raffle at St Laurence Church and the Christmas Fair at St John’s Hall will be in next month’s magazine. 

We wish all our readers peace and joy this Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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

  This now annual community event has once again proved a great success. It enjoyed a...


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!