Newsletter - 10/05


Dear friends,

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life”.

Welcome to Sunday with the Priory Community, and today we focus on Jesus’ picture of heaven in John 14. David will be reflecting on this passage. 

Many people took part in last week’s Communion service, and I have had many positive comments. The Communion section that Rita and I led is a work in progress, and very recent changes allowing ministers back in churches means that we may be able to record the Pentecost Communion from inside the Priory. 

Last week I took two COVID 19 related funerals, and social distancing makes it very challenging and upsetting for the bereaved. I was also aware of the strain the pandemic is placing on funeral directors and their staff and those who work at the cemetery or crematorium. Please remember them in your prayers.

Do look for our May magazine online. We are delivering a limited number of printed copies to the housebound. Our PALs continue to do sterling work too. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes. Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044– has been set up particularly with those in mind who are unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions.

Calling all ornithologists! Rita and I have a magpies’ nest close to our spare bedroom window, and we have been watching what has been going on. Magpies can become aggressively protective when their eggs hatch and the advice is to talk to them, so you become a familiar voice. We open the bedroom window and have a chat with them each morning. At St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, peregrine falcons have nested for several years in a purpose-built scape in the crown of the tower. Four HD cameras have been placed to catch all their movements. This year Bullet and Bulletina have produced four chicks and here are the links to videos. Well worth a look!

Video One

Video Two

Every year the vicar of the Priory is asked to bless theMalvinhaFountain in the town centre. This year, the tradition continued on Zoom. I took the opportunity to pray for the estimated 844 million people who cannot access clean water, as well as giving thanks for Malvern’s natural springs. 

Do keep safe and well and every blessing, until we meet again,


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


Due to the advice given by the government about Coronavirus, the Priory is now closed. All services have been suspended until further notice, the church is no longer open for prayer, and all events have been cancelled. 

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 on the back of this leaflet (which is in a format suitable for printing).

The Prayer Letter for May is now available, the link is on the bottom right of this webpage.

Suggested prayers of intercession for this week, as a basis for your prayers, can be found in the link on the right. This week these have been written by Chris Shepherd.

Face masks for care homes Please, if you can, join the Mothers Union and others in sewing. Bishop John’s wife, H-J, is co-ordinating a “Welfare for Health Care” initiative providing home-made reusable face masks for care homes, with the initial target of 200. 100% Cotton material is best, washable at 60˚. Links for YouTube instructions are attached, both for hand and machine sewn masks.

1) DIY face mask no sewing machine 

2) DIY Covid-19 Fabric Mask (with Filter Pocket) sewing tutorial

Contact Jill Crofton for more details; she can collect.

Wider Church and Community

Lyttelton Well Bookshop is still here and taking orders by email and phone 01684 573702. To receive their newsletter, please email the above address; or you can visit their website to view the current Bookshop Newsletters for a small sample of what's available. If what you're looking for is not listed or not in stock, they'll happily order it in for you. Orders will be posted via Royal Mail at cost. Please support them during this challenging time.

The Foodbank’s current shortages are: coffee 100gms, tinned potatoes, UHT milk 1 litre, tinned fruit 250gms, non-bio laundry liquid or powder, adult and children's toothpaste and toothbrushes, and deodorant for men and women. 

Christian Aid Week Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Christian Aid Week will take place online this year - for details, or to donate, visit their website.

St Richard’s Hospice is helping families create online tribute sites where they can share precious memories of their loved ones and create a tribute fund. You can add pictures, videos, music and stories to reflect on the life of a person special to you, not only those who were cared for by St Richard’s. Use this link, or contact Emma Price by email or phone 01905 958262.

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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