November Magazine

27 Nov 20

Please see below an update on church services for November 2020

(As at 24th October 2020)

 November services are as follows: 

                  1st November at St Laurence 10.30am

                  8th November at St Wilfrid’s Remembrance Sunday 

                (Please check arrangements on the web or by phone.)

                15th November at St Laurence 10.30am

                22nd November at St John’s     10.30am

                29th November at St Wilfrid’s  10.30am 

Sunday services will continue in November as joint benefice services held in a different church each week to celebrate, offer thanksgiving and encourage one another.

No services at St Michael’s at this stage due to the health - related issues of the building, especially damp and mould, and the sharing of premises with the community centre.  A plan will need to be discussed with the Community centre: church members needed to help with this.

Organists: Frances is able to play the organ at the churches, if the usual organists do not wish to attend due to age and health restrictions.

Communion: Not permitted at the moment.  This may not happen for a while.

Baptisms weddings and funerals may go ahead.  They will follow the guidelines applicable at the date of the event.

Finally, the inside of each church will be checked, cleaned and prepared in advance, ready for services.  If anyone feels uncomfortable about the arrangements during the service please feel free to leave the building.  Everyone will understand.

*Please do wear warm clothes as we do need to keep good ventilation in the building. 

From the Registers

Wedding

The wedding of Christopher Mark Stinson and Alexandra Elaine Smith took place on Saturday 17th October at 1.00 p.m.  This was the first wedding ceremony at St Laurence since restrictions began, so it was lovely to welcome the bride and groom plus their families on such a happy occasion.  We wish the couple a long and happy marriage. 

Funerals

A funeral service was held at St Laurence Church on Friday 9th October for Alan Greenway, who died on the16th September 2020. His wife, Joan, daughter Katherine, sons Matthew and Jonathan, other family members and friends were also in church.  Matthew and Jonathan gave a loving tribute of memories of their father.  Alan was very well known, particularly in the Stockingford area, for his shop, which for many “do it yourself enthusiasts” was their first port of call.  The service was followed by Committal at Nuneaton Crematorium.

The funeral of David Morley took place on Friday 16th October at Nuneaton Crematorium.  Like the funeral of his wife Gillian, the service was conducted by their personal friend the Reverend Rick White.  David’s death, just under six months after that of Gill, has been hard for the family but they find great comfort that a devoted couple are reunited and are now with their Lord and Saviour.

After completing National Service David was a life-long farmer, working first with his father and then taking on Gay Hill Farm.  When his father retired he took on Hood Lane Farm as well. 

The Reverend Stan Marriot, Ansley’s vicar from 1964 to 1978, remembers David particularly for the work he did in Stan’s last parish of Newton Regis.  The Reverend Stan writes that, “Gill and David started their Home for Disabled Children to give their daughter Joanna and other children a secure place to live.  Running a “Home” is a great ministry offering security and love.  Three care shifts each day provided a stability that was beyond the capability of parents in the family setting.  The Home had a splendid reputation, probably because as parents they understood what was needed.”

David and Gill both led prayers at church for many years and were passionate about the power of prayer.  They loved social events and organised among other things our Meals on Wheels events to raise money for the Annexe.  David will be much missed by his many family members and friends.  We extend our condolences to them all. 

Shoe Box Appeal for Samaritans Purse

This is the final reminder to return filled shoe boxes to church by 8th November, so they can be delivered by Samaritan’s Purse in time for Christmas.  Thank you to everyone who has sent in a box this year. 

Spurgeons

Although there will be no Coffee Evening or Bring and Buy this year, boxes and or donations can be given to Diana Kealey or Margaret Antill.  This charity supports children, young people and families in this country.  Please do this by the end of November. 

Christmas 2020

It seems possible at the time of writing that Christmas may prove to be very different this year.  We should hopefully know what, if any, restrictions will affect the celebration by the time the December magazine is compiled.  Meanwhile some decisions have had to be made to change our usual pattern.

Christmas Raffle

It is with regret that we announce that we will not be able to hold a Christmas Raffle this year.  Last year we made £600 from the sale of tickets which went a long way towards paying some of our bills.  If you would have bought tickets or donated prizes we would very much appreciate it if you felt able to give a donation to help with church running costs.  Do please speak to Margaret Antill if you are not sure of the best way to get funds to the church.

Christmas Tree Festival 2020 (Virtual)

This is under preparation, using images from previous years.  More details will be in next month’s magazine.  The event will be live from 5th to 20th December and will be accessible from the church website, www.ansleychurch.org

Christmas Cards

We hope you will understand that it will not be possible to distribute cards to each other using the church building as a “postbox” this year.

Christmas Wreaths

These can be ordered from Margaret Antill at a cost of £7 each. 

Virtual Flower Festival 2020

We were delighted that, apart from a glitch the day before going live, the festival in this new and unexpected format was a success.  Over 500 people viewed the presentation via the church website and an additional 70 went directly to the You Tube page.  This was very encouraging.

The final amount raised from the presentation was £876, meaning that £438 was allocated to Acorn’s Hospice and the same sum to Nuneaton Hospitals League of Friends.

Thank you to everyone who provided a photograph, advertised the event or donated their money.  Thank you too to those with the technical knowhow to make it happen. 

Ansley Village Art Group Ninth Exhibition and Sale (Virtual)

It was lovely to see the photos of artwork that members had produced since the previous exhibition.  The members look forward to returning to group sessions at some point in the future.  Meanwhile a Whatsapp group enables the artists who have the technology to keep in touch with each other. 

Harvest Festival

The church had been beautifully decorated.  The familiar tunes were much appreciated although it felt strange not to be able to sing out as usual at harvest.  Donated food items will be given to a local food bank and £61 received in donations will be sent to a charity chosen by the PCC after the APCM on 28th October.

The tradition of giving from the Flower Festival income to two charities at our harvest festival service was maintained.  We received a message of thanks from Acorns Hospice, which was read out to the congregation.  A representative from Nuneaton Hospitals League of Friends was able to attend the service and expressed her thanks on behalf of the League of Friends.  She told us about the support their funds give to the local hospitals. 

Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust

A sum of £160 was raised by Mr Philip Rees for this trust.  Thank you Phil.  Thank you too to all who donated in support of the work of this charity.

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.

Rev. J. Langlands    024 7667 5236 email jlanglands@sky.com

Margaret Antill          018 2787 4520

Moreen Freestone   024 7638 1833

Margaret Oliver        014 5582 2822

 Diana Kealey          02476395089

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