Newsletter - 26/07

Sunday 26th July, 7th 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.

Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13 v31-33

Today is the 7th Sunday after Trinity, and our theme is "The Mustard Seed and the Pearls". David Webster, one of our Licenced Lay Ministers, will reflect on this Biblical passage.

This will be our final online service until we begin again in September. This is to give our hard-working production team a four-week rest. We are moving our worship back to the Priory in August. On each Sunday there will be three services, beginning with an 8am BCP communion. This will take place in the Nave, and communion will be given in one form only (bread). Strict hygiene procedures will apply.

At 10.00am there is a short (35min) Service of Morning Worship, especially for those who have been shielding or have no internet availability. Please ring Anne Rich on 07860 873 566 to book. The 11.00am service is a ticketed event (limited numbers) and Priory members will have received an email with a link to the online signup page. If you haven't received an email do get in touch with Anne Rich. Again every effort will be made to keep folk safe, and face masks are encouraged. The toilets will be locked, but the key will be made available to anyone who asks. We really hope you will worship with us, and it will be good to praise God together again.

I am delighted to tell you that Dr Thrisha John has been invited to take over from Andrew Horne as our new Treasurer. Andrew has worked very hard over many years to keep the Priory accounts in order and we are very grateful for all he has done. Thrisha is a part-time local GP. The family worship with us here regularly and their daughters, Tianna and Talia, are regular members of the choristers. We are really pleased that Andrew has agreed to carry on with the 2019/20 accounts and Thrisha will focus on 2020/21. Andrew will step down as Treasurer before the New Year. Please give thanks for Andrew and all that he has done for our church and pray for Thrisha as she takes over the mantle.

Although the Church is not available for meetings, we are able to offer prayer. The Priory is open, six days a week, between 11.00 am and 1.30 pm to allow this to happen. We will also be able to hold Fellowship, Prayer and Praise in August, so look out for details about this.

Please remember in your prayers, the families of two Priory members who have died. Peter Young, was our Custos for many years; he is much loved and will be fondly remembered. Des Butler, was a regular member of our 8.00am congregation. Both family funerals will take place this week.

With 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.


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 in the Priory from 2ndAugust. Please remember that you need to book for the 10am and 11am services because of limited numbers.

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.

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

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'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.

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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