Newsletter - 23/08

Sunday 23rd August, 11th 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:  "But what about you?" Jesus asked, "Who do you say I am?"  Simon Peter answered "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Matthew Ch16 v15.  Today is the 11thSunday after Trinity, and our theme is "Who is Jesus?". David will be reflecting on this Biblical passage.

We are delighted that we can enjoy celebrating communion this week and next week at 9.30am and 11.00am. We have now perfected a way of delivering the bread and wine without the elements being touched by human hands. We hope this will give everyone assurance. The wafer is spotted by wine by our custos team using a pipette in a clean environment. The wafers are placed in a siboriam with a lid. This is opened and blessed at the eucharistic prayer by the celebrant (me!) and I will be wearing latex gloves and a face shield. I will bring the communion to you. Please sit until I come to you, then stand to receive and sit once more.

At the 9.30 and 11.00am services Andrew Caskie will play and Rebecca will sing. New guidance has come out allowing small groups to sing providing they are socially distant. When Piers returns from holiday I will discuss with him what this means for our services – but it is very good news.

Once communion services are established, we will look to see what can be done especially for families. We are trying very hard to move slowly and safely in a positive direction towards normality.

As I was writing this letter, an email came in cancelling our holiday to The Azores and giving us a full refund. We are relieved and delighted! This has been a great worry for us, having to consider enduring two covid tests and 14 days of strict quarantine when we returned. I will now be able to take part in Jonny's Priesting. Praise the Lord!

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 9.30am/11.00am Holy Communion. Please remember that you need to book for the 9.30am and 11am services because of limited numbers. Face coverings must be worn unless you are exempt on health grounds. The gates will be open at 7.40am for the 8am service, 9.15am for the 9.30am 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 from 11am to 1.30pm, but with a maximum of 20 people allowed in at any one time. It will also be open to visitors on Wednesday and Thursday during those hours. 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.

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

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

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

Wider Church and Community

Lyttelton Well Cafe: Volunteers urgently required – can you help please?
They are currently seeking volunteers to cover the following roles:

End of day Cleaning of cafe & kitchen floors- daily (Mon-Sat) 4.00-5.00pm (open to volunteers up to age 80);

Toilet Monitor for cafe customer toilet - daily 11.00am-2.00pm (up to age 75);

Cafe Washing Up – daily, either 10.00am-1.00pm or 1.00-3.30pm (up to age 75).

For more information telephone 573702 or email.Full risk assessments have been completed with regard to Covid-19 and full training will be given for each role.

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.

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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