Rev. John's July Jottings

25 Jun 20

If you are sometimes asked, ‘How has the lockdown been affecting you?’ I imagine most of your answers have been around health, food supplies, maybe feeling lonely, being stuck indoors and missing family and friends. As the lockdown begins to ease, as it has been, we are told that things will never get back to what they were and we will have to consider doing things in a different way. So, what will we have learned from it?  Will people just pick up from where they left off and carry on with life, eventually to have a memory of 2020 as being the year of Covid-19? Or will it be a wakeup call to consider more pressing questions about life and death, meaning and purpose, chance or providence?

It was Winston Churchill who once said:

‘Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.’

Prior to the lockdown, our churches were open and there was a place to come and hear about eternal things, life after death, living a fulfilling life with God, finding peace and contentment and much more.  Now they are closed – will they open again? What if they did not – would you care? I am pleased to say they will, but not yet.  Who will come back? Who will start to come after a long absence because what has been happening has been speaking to them?  At the moment there are many unknown answers.  But though our church buildings are closed, the real church, which is people, is actually alive and well!  Every week services and mid-week updates are sent out via emails and printed copies are being sent through the post from time to time.  Over 70 people across Ansley and Arley are being kept in touch and upheld in prayer along with each villager.

It had been so easy to take so much for granted before the lockdown.  However, now is the time to take stock, consider the things in life that really matter and do something about them – and that could even mean church!

Do take care; keep safe, be alert and may God richly bless you.

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Rev. John's July Jottings

If you are sometimes asked, ‘How has the lockdown been affecting you?’ I imagine most of your answers have been around health, food supplies, maybe feeling lonely, being stuck indoors and missing family and friends. As the lockdown begins to ease, as it has been, we are ...

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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!