Newsletter - 02/08

Sunday 2nd August, 8th Sunday after Trinity


Dear friends,

Welcome to this week's newsletter, which is helping to keep us in touch with each other during the COVID pandemic.

It says in Mathew's Gospel "When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick." Matthew Ch14 v 13-21 Today is the 8thSunday after Trinity, and our theme is "The Feeding of the Five thousand". The Revd Jonny Gordon, our curate, will reflect on this Biblical passage.

Today marks a return to worshipping at the Priory, albeit in a limited capacity. At 8.00am there will be a BCP Communion service held in the Nave. This will be followed by a short service at 10.00am, and 11.00am. The ticketing has worked well, and everything is in place to ensure safety at this challenging time. Today's services will be useful to gauge timings and numbers. It will be good to be back worshipping God in church.

There are no online services during August, giving our hard-working team a break, but a video recording of the morning service will be put on the Great Malvern Priory website. 

Recently, I have taken several funerals. Last week we gathered at the Priory to say goodbye to Peter Young, to give thanks for his life and service to others and to commend him to Christ, his maker and redeemer. On Wednesday at Cheltenham Crematorium. I conducted a service for Des Butler, a regular member of our 8.00am congregation. Next week Olwen Thunder's funeral takes place on Tuesday. Please pray for those left behind and especially their spouses, Alison, Pat and Peter.

After five years of faithful service, Roy Boyer has retired as Secretary of The Friends of Malvern Priory. We thank Roy for all he has done to promote the valuable work of The Friends. 

I am writing this newsletter a little bit earlier this week because I have booked a day's annual leave to take our grandchildren, Rowan, Luca and Amelie, to the West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park. They are so excited I'm not sure they will get much sleep tonight. The park includes terrifying rides with names like 'Black fly', 'Rhinocoaster' and 'Venom'. Rita and I are hoping to spend the whole time riding on the 'Snails'! I will report back next week.

Every blessing,


Prayer Vine If you would like a prayer request to be put on the Priory Prayer Vine, please email it or telephone 07977 444864.


We are resuming limited Sunday services in the Priory from today: 8am BCP Communion, 10am/11am Morning Prayer. Please remember that you need to book for the 10am and 11am services because of limited numbers. The gates will be open at 7.40am for the 8am service, 9.30am for the 10am service; and 10.45am for the 11am service, but you may have to queue outside for entry to maintain social distancing. The Priory is open for private prayer on Monday and Wednesday to Saturday this week, from 11am to 1.30pm, but with a maximum of 20 people allowed in at any one time. Please maintain social distancing at all times and follow the instructions given. Unfortunately the toilets will not be open and there will be no parking on the drive.

The Parish Office is closed until further notice.You can contact the office by email, which is monitored regularly. Contact details for the Vicar and the Church Manager are given on the back of this leaflet (which is in a format suitable for printing).

Online services are suspended during August, to give the team a break, but will resume in September. For Sundays in August you can find a video recording of our 10am church service on our website. 

Peace Vigil The Malvern Churches' Justice and Peace Group's annual Peace Vigil will take place in the Priory grounds on Saturday 8th August at 12noon. This year is the 75th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which they will commemorate in a short act of witness. There will be no meditation in the Priory as in previous years, but they will stand holding placards for 20 minutes. There will be no distribution of leaflets and social distancing will be observed. All are invited to join them to pray for peace in areas of conflict throughout the world. 

Intercessions Suggested prayers of intercession for this week can be found using the link on the right of this page. This week these have been written by Nick Logan.

A private family funeral service for Olwen Thunder will take place in the Priory on Tuesday 4thAugust.

Wider Church and Community

The Lyttelton Well Cafe is open again 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.  Socially distanced seating is available and they'll also be offering a take-away service.

Lyttelton Well Bookshop is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

As always, they are also taking orders by phone 01684 573702 and email and you can find them online.

The Foodbank thank you for your continued support. They are short of anti bacterial spray and wipes, Cif, children's toothpaste and toothbrushes, tins of potatoes and sugar. (They do NOT need beans, pasta, rice or couscous.) Donations can be delivered to the Lyttleton Well or to Spring Lane.

Priory Early Music Series is available on Youtube channel luteweb.

Contact Details

Vicar The Revd Rod Corke (day off Monday) 


Telephone: 07977 444864

Curate The Revd Jonny Gordon (day off Tuesday)


Priory Office Tel:01684 561020


The office is currently closed but emails are monitored.

Church Manager Anne Rich 


Telephone: 07860 873566

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