September Magazine

September  Services at Ansley Churches


 4th September

Trinity 12

St John’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship
11th September

Trinity 13

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship


18th September

Trinity 14

St John’s 10.30 a.m. Harvest Communion
25th September

Trinity 15

St Laurence’s 10.30 a.m.


Baptism & New Members Special Service

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St John’s Harvest Festival

The Venerable Barry Dugmore, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Coventry will be conducting this service of Holy Communion at St John’s Ansley Common, at 10.30 a.m. on !8th September.  This is the first Harvest celebration at St John’s for three years.  Gifts of flowers for decoration and/or of packaged food, tins etc will be much appreciated.  The harvest gifts will be donated to the Salvation Army for their food parcels.

New Members Special Service at St Laurence and Baptisms-25th September

Since the restrictions on numbers at services ended there have been a number of baptisms at St Laurence.  We invite families of those who have been baptised to join our congregation at this service.  Families considering baptism may wish to come along too.  During the service a young boy whose baptism was delayed because of Covid and his baby sister will be baptised.  It will be lovely to welcome them and others who have been baptised this year into the church family.

Ride and Stride 10th September 2022

Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust

For many years Mr Phil Rees undertook a cycle ride to raise funds for this organisation which gives grants to preserve the fabric of churches.  This year Phil will not be taking part as he is getting back to riding fitness.  Diana Kealey has decided to walk a route between some of our local churches (exact route to be confirmed) using footpaths where possible.  She would be grateful for at least one companion on the walk and hopes for some generous sponsorship.  Fifty percent of the money raised by the walk will be returned to Ansley, St Laurence church funds.

Postponed Platinum Jubilee Social at St John’s – Friday 16th September

The evening will begin at 7.00 p.m.  Please bring your own food.  There will be Bingo and a Quiz.  Do come along and enjoy this social time together.

11th Art Exhibition and Sale by Ansley Village Art Group

Saturday 17th September 2022

The Exhibition and Sale will be open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

The venue is Ansley Village Church Hall, Birmingham Road, Ansley, CV10 9PS.

There is no charge for entry.  Light refreshments will be available to buy.

There will be a large number of artworks on display, some of which will be for sale.

Visitors from previous years have commented on how much they enjoyed the exhibition.

The exhibition coincides with Big Local’s Scarecrow Trail around Ansley plus Old and New Arley, so there will be an opportunity to enjoy two events in the area.

The Art Group meets at Ansley Village Church Hall on Fridays from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.  New members are always welcome to join us, either for a try out or on a regular basis.  Most weeks people work on their own projects.  Resources and advice are available if wanted.  Teaching sessions by different local artists are offered a few times during the year, giving the opportunity to try different media.  These sessions are usually longer, allowing enough time to complete a particular picture.

The charge for a normal session is £3.00 a week.  Charges for artist led sessions vary but are very reasonable.

Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child

This is also known as the Shoebox Appeal.  Leaflets are available in church to guide you through the process of choosing suitable gifts for boys and girls in different age ranges. The boxes are sent around the world to children in need.  This advance notice will allow you to prepare a box and return it to church by the beginning of November, so it can be taken to a local collection point.

Christmas Tree Festival 2022

Applications forms to have a tree at our 16th Christmas Tree Festival are now available.  The price per tree this year is £15.  If you would like to decorate a tree at this event do please ask for a form.

From the PCC

Ansley Village Church Hall

The post of caretaker for Ansley Village Church Hall is being advertised.  For further details and to apply please contact, or phone 02476381833.

Thank you Janet!

The members of the PCC would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to Janet, who is retiring soon after 11 years as caretaker at Ansley Village Church Hall.  She and Mick have looked after the building and the area around it really well.  Janet has been committed to keeping the hall clean and ready for the regular groups and one off events that use the building.  We wish her all the best as she looks forward to a less busy schedule.


You may not be aware that there are many Halogen light bulbs around church, which use a lot of electricity.  Back in February the PCC decided to change them to LED bulbs to help reduce our carbon footprint and to save money.  An application was submitted to Coventry Diocese as light fittings will need to be changed as well.  At the same time the external lighting in the churchyard will be improved.  It is hoped all this work can be carried out in October to coincide with the five yearly check of all our electrical installations.  (This is needed by our insurers and helps us meet legal requirements for a public building.)  This work is even more critical because of the current energy crisis following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Some of this work will have to be paid from church funds but it is hoped that we will be able to apply for funding towards the cost of replacing the light bulbs and fittings.


During our recent Quinquennial Inspection our method of heating the church was discussed.   At present we use an electric wet system which is like a large immersion heater heating the water which is pumped around the church.

The cost, both financially and environmentally of this system is not good by today’s standards.  The existing system was installed in the 1970s to replace the old oil system.  Our architect has asked us to consider an air source heat pump which would considerably reduce our heating costs and impact on the environment.  It would take some time to implement  this as we would need to ensure it would be the right system for us.  The PCC will investigate the various options.  Any proposal will need to be approved by the Diocese.

Empty Jam Jars

The grapefruit and orange marmalade is selling well.  If you have empty jars that you could give to Margaret Antill, she would be very grateful.

The PCC have been very pleased that numbers attending services at St Laurence’s and St John’s are being maintained while we wait for a new vicar to be appointed.  Some new residents in the parish have also been coming to services.  We hope that everyone who comes along to either St John’s or St Laurence’s feels very welcome.

From the Diocese

The last Diocese of Coventry eBulletin before the summer break welcomed eleven new priests who were ordained at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 3rd July.  These new priests have served as deacons for a year and are remaining in their present parishes as their training continues.

Twelve new deacons were ordained on the same day, with another being ordained a few days later.  These deacons will serve as curates (assistant ministers) while their training continues.  As deacons they will lead worship and carry out pastoral and teaching work.

It is encouraging to know these people have come forward to join the ministry of the church.

Prayer Requests

If you would like someone or a particular situation remembered in prayer during this time of disruption, please make contact by email or phone one of the following.

Margaret Antill          018 2787 4520

Moreen Freestone    02476381833

Margaret Oliver        014 5582 2822

Diana Kealey            02476395089