January Magazine

27 Dec 19

St Laurence’s Church, Ansley Services
Sunday 5th       Epiphany    10.30 a.m.  Morning Worship
                                              6.30 p.m. Holy Communion
Sunday 12th     Epiphany 1  10.30 a.m. Christmas Screen
                                              6.30 p.m. Evensong
Sunday  19th Epiphany 2   10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion
                                             6.30 p.m.  Evensong
Sunday  26th Candlemas   10.30 a.m.  Joint at St John’s
                                             6.30 p.m.  Memorial Service

St John’s Church Hall, Ansley Common Services
Sunday    5th  Epiphany               10.30 a.m.  Family Service        Sunday  12th  Epiphany               10.30 a.m.  Holy Communion  
Sunday  19th  Epiphany 2            10.30.a.m.  Family Service     
Sunday  26th  Candlemas            10.30 a.m.   Special Service

From the Registers
No entries this month.

Morning Worship
The PCC recently agreed slight changes to this service to improve its “flow”.  The previous leaflets were becoming worn, so it was a suitable time to review it.  

Exploring Christianity
The next meetings, (Part 3) will be on Tuesday 14th January and also on Thursday 16th January.  Choose whichever one suits you and remember that you are welcome to come to some if you cannot manage all.  Unfortunately at the time of going to printing, the venues had not been finalised, so please check nearer the time.

Candlemas – Please note
On Sunday 26th January, St Laurence’s congregation will join St John’s for the morning service.  There will be no morning service at St Laurence that day.

Memorial Service
You are warmly invited to our annual memorial service which will be held at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 26th January. During the service individual names are said out loud. If you would like a name to be included, please add it to the list in church or speak to a church member before the service date.  You may want to remember a recent loss or a past bereavement.  It would be lovely if you could attend yourself but, if not, your loved one’s name or names will still be read out during the service.

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

British Legion Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal
The total raised by selling poppies in church was £43.70.

Christmas Raffle at St Laurence
The sale of tickets for this raffle made a record total of £648 for church funds.  Thank you to those who donated prizes, sold and/or bought tickets.   

St Laurence Church Ansley Christmas Tree Festival 2019 Interim Report
We wish to thank the many people who set aside time to help prepare for this event.  Trees had to be placed in pots and then into church.  Also tidying and cleaning had to be completed once everything was in place.  Many hours must have been spent in making decorations for the trees.  “The White Tree,” for example, was decorated with Hardanger embroidery.  Clare estimated that each of the thirty plus designs took four to five hours to complete.  It was lovely to see the decorations that children had made too.

Titles of some of the sixty trees included
“Light the Path”
“Christmas Craft Tree”
“Puppy Time” and
“Moon Landing.”

Our first day began well with a steady stream of visitors on a lovely sunny day.  Visitors on the second day had to cope with wind and heavy showers but everyone seemed to enjoy their time in church.  Hot drinks and mince pies were on sale in the Annexe. 

The first weekend of the Festival raised £728.40.  The people of St Laurence Church are very grateful to everyone who has or will be helping make the church  look so special for this event.  A full report will be given in next month’s magazine.

Christingle Services
It was very pleasing to be able to send £47 from St John’s and £67.76 from St Laurence’s to The Children’s Society following the Christingle services on Sunday 8th December.

Christmas Fair at St John’s Hall
A warm welcome was given to all who came along to this event.  The final total was £376 for Hall Funds.

From the PCC - Fabric Updates
Masonry bees had been nesting in the south wall of the church.  Following advice given to us, the holes used by the bees were filled in once the larvae had matured and left the site.  This time consuming work was completed using the recommended lime mortar by a volunteer.  We would like to thank the person who took on this task.

An unsound area of chip board flooring beneath the bells in the tower has been replaced, again by volunteers.  We are grateful to them as this ensures the safety of anyone working on the bells in the future.

Ansley Church Magazine
The church members would like to thank everyone who has collected and/or delivered this magazine over the past year.  Thanks are due too, to those who have delivered it in earlier years.  
However we would like to give special thanks to Marie Cove who has now retired from delivering some of the magazines.  She took over from Mrs Faulkner over forty years ago, so she has certainly done her bit!  We appreciate Kelly Shemman’s offer to take on Marie’s delivery list.
Marie has handed over her postal list to Margaret Oliver.  We are very pleased that Marie will continue to write her page for the magazine each month.
We also thank Diana, our editor.  Compiling the magazine is a time consuming task each month
We also wish to extend our thanks to our printer.  He works hard to have the magazine ready on time, even though we may have been late sending it to him.  We are especially grateful that he reprinted three pages one month at no extra cost when the wrong information was sent through to him.

Digital Giving
We all have to move with the times!  Yes, digital giving has come to Ansley church.  It is becoming expensive for businesses to handle cash and many more people rely on debit cards for their spending needs.  Over the past few years this trend has been noticed at church events.  Increasingly people no longer carry any cash with them, they just have their card.  This is especially evident at baptisms, weddings and funerals.
Along with many other places of worship, we have recently purchased a card reader that will accept most cards and will enable funds to be placed directly into church accounts.
Help will be available to those using the card reader for the first time.
We are very grateful to the person who has donated the funds to purchase our card reader.
However do not worry!  We will not be turning cash away. Many of you will be aware of the small change collection for the fabric fund and this continues.  Last year this raised £55 before December.
Please remember that there are many ways you can give to the church, including Standing Orders, BACS, cheques and through Give.net.
The church members are very, very grateful and say a big THANK YOU for every penny donated, by whichever method.
Reports next month
St John’s Christmas Social and Christmas Tree Festival.
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!