Newsletter - 19/07

Sunday 19th July, 6th Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends,

Jesus said,"No, because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters: first, collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn."  Matthew 13 Verse 29

Welcome to this week's newsletter. This Sunday we are focusing on the parable of the weeds. I will be reflecting on this and Jonny will be reading.

Rita and I were particularly saddened to hear of the death of Peter Young, our former Custos for many years. Peter was well-loved and respected at the Priory and had such a kind and generous Christian heart. Please remember his wife, Alison, and the family in your prayers. Peter will have a private family funeral at the Priory, and we plan to have a thanksgiving service when lockdown restrictions have been lifted. 

We are delighted that Tuppence and Honesty have successfully completed their very challenging sponsored walk. Here is what Tuppence has written about it: "As some of you may know, on Saturday July 4thmy sister Honesty and I walked 34 miles to raise money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust in memory of our friend Billy White, who tragically lost his life to Osteosarcoma on January 24ththis year. He was just 17. The walk itself proved to be very challenging, but with the support of each other and a few of our friends and Billy's family who joined us at the end of the walk, we managed to put one foot in front of the other and get to Great Malvern! Our mother and her friend Julia Wolff were very supportive as they met us at certain intervals of the walk and provided us with food and the encouragement we needed to keep going. Thank you so much to everyone who has so kindly donated to our cause. We will never forget your generosity or your willingness to contribute to such an important area of research. Following the walk, we have raised £1,955 - enough money to fund 65 hours of bone cancer research. Billy was exceptionally important to us, and we ask that you continue to keep him and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

Currently, our services are online, but this changes in August. During that month, there will be an 8.00am BCP Communion (bread only with the wine consumed by the priest) in the Nave. Prayer books will be given out because we have enough to isolate those which have been used and offer a fresh batch the following week. There will be a short, said service at 10.00am aimed at church members who have had no access to the internet or have been shielding. Please contact Anne Rich on 07860 873566 to book. This service will be repeated at 11.00am and will be open to all but by ticket only (owing to the very limited numbers we are able to accommodate safely).  Please see Anne's (Church Manager) letter for details. There will be no online service during August to give the team a well-deserved rest, although a video of the 10.00/11.00am said service will be posted online. The online service will return in September. If you feel you can, do come and support the August services that Jonny and I will lead. You will be most welcome, and we will keep you safe.

Jonny and Katie have been shielding, but this ends on 1st August. Katie is now over 20 weeks pregnant and is doing really well. Please pray for them both.

Our children's team have produced a fantastic "Messy Church" video, and it is available via the website. Rita and I really enjoyed watching it - well done to all!

Bless you,


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


The Priory is open for private prayer only Monday to Saturday 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. All services are still suspended and all events have been cancelled, but we shall be resuming limited Sunday services from 2nd August (details in Rod's letter).

The Parish Office will be 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 at the end of this page.

Do join Zoom Morning Prayer Monday to Friday at 9am, for 20-30mins. Email Jonny and he will add you to the invite list. You will need the Daily Prayer app on a phone or tablet with a separate computer/device to zoom on.

Intercessions Suggested prayers of intercession for this week are included in the links on the right. This week these have been written by David Guy.

The Prayer Letter for July is now available using the link on the right.

Wider Church and Community

If you would like to give a gift to the Testers, our CMS partners in Peru, use this link.

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.  Do support them.

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's current shortages are: tinned meat, tinned fruit, jam, instant mash, J cloths, antibacterial wipes, kitchen rolls, shampoo, bars of soap, washing powder and washing up liquid. The food donation boxes at the supermarkets are being regularly emptied and food can also be left at the Lyttelton Well.

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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