Newsletter - 16/08

Sunday 16th August, 10th Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends,

Welcome to this week's newsletter. May the Lord bless you, especially in this coming week.

It says in Mathew's Gospel "Then Jesus said to her, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed at that moment." Matthew Ch15 v28. Today is the 10th Sunday after Trinity, and our theme is "The Faith of the Canaanite Woman". Jonny will be reflecting on this Biblical passage.

This week, at the 10am and 11am services, we will enjoy Megan and James singing and playing to us. The final two Sundays in August will be communion services. It is planned, from September, to continue the services at the Priory and also to return to online services. We will hope to have two communions in the Priory per month, on the second and fourth Sundays.

As you are aware, the services we are offering at the Priory are 'a work in progress.' We have considered the current timings and we feel, to allow some limited musical input and the communion liturgy, we need to move the first service to 9.30 am. So, next Sunday the Communion Service will be at 9.30am and 11.00am. 

In September Rita and I will fly to the Azores for a holiday to celebrate our Ruby Wedding anniversary, which is actually in October. Unfortunately, when we return we will have to quarantine for 14 days. We tried to postpone this holiday but we have been unable to do so. A consequence of this is that Rita and I will be in quarantine when Jonny is Priested. We are very upset about this because we would have loved to be there to celebrate. More information about the Ordination will follow in subsequent weeks.

The barrier tape has been replaced at the Priory, and the new rope looks much better. We are very grateful to the donor. Thank you so much.

Rita and I are thankful for all the love and support we have received from Priory members during our grandson Reuben's recent illness. Reuben, and his parents, Emma and Simon are home and Reuben is recovering well.

I hope you have had a good week, and manage to stay cool, despite the heat and thunderstorms.

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.


Sunday services in the Priory This week we have 8am BCP Communion (for those who have regularly attended this service in the past) and 10am/11am Morning Worship. For the following two weeks (23rd& 30thAugust) tne 10am service will be brought forward to 9.30am and there will be Hly Communion services at 9.30am and 11am. Please remember that you need to book for the 9.30/10am and 11am services because of limited numbers. Face coverings mustbe worn unless you are exempt on health grounds. 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 Monday to Saturday except Wednesday 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 below.

Online services are suspended during August, to give the team a break, but will resume in September.

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

Message from Alison Young. "I have been overwhelmed and feel very blessed by the outpouring of love and support and prayer during Peter's illness and following his death. My love and thanks go to the whole church family and the wider community for the many cards, letters, texts, emails, flowers, gifts and offers of help. Yours in Christ, Alison." A recording of Peter's funeral serviceis on the Priory website for those who were unable to attend - click on Services and then Sermons and you will find it there.

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, Spring Lane or supermarket collection points.

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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