Newsletter - 09/08

Sunday 9th August, 9th 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 Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Matthew ch14 v27.  Today is the 9thSunday after Trinity, and our theme is "Walking on Water". I will be reflecting on this Biblical passage.

Last Sunday marked a return to services in the Priory, and it was good to be back worshipping God in church. The 8am BCP communion service went particularly smoothly, and it was a joy to hear the ancient, familiar words again. The 10am was for those who had no online access or had been shielding. I was pleased with the response, although the church was not full. We were particularly pleased that the 10am congregation were able to leave before the 11am congregation arrived. This means we can take another small step and allow some music to be played before each service this week. I want to thank Anne and the Custos team for managing this all safely and within the guidelines. Wearing face masks in church is now mandatory. Those leading are exempt, although I will always face shield when preparing and taking communion.

On Wednesday this week we welcomed back our first cohort of visitors. The shop was open too. This is another step forward to normality. We aim to start in a small way - learn from the experience - and then take another small step when we can.

Last week I promised a report on our family trip to West Midlands Safari Park. With our young granddaughter desperate for the toilet in the middle of passing through the lion enclosure, the trip was not without incident! Nevertheless, we had a thoroughly enjoyable time and Rita and I even ventured on some daring rides (well, daring to us anyway!). A great day to treasure.

Bishop John will be visiting the Priory on 27thSeptember at 10.30am to ordain Jonny a priest. Rita and I are delighted! More details will follow. 

We have had a kind offer to replace the protecting tape with rope. Hopefully, this will happen as soon as possible.

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.


We have resumed limited Sunday services in the Priory: 8am BCP Communion (for those who have regularly attended this service in the past) and 10am/11am Morning Prayer. Please remember that you need to book for the 10am 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, 9.30am 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 Wednesday and Friday 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. For Sundays in August you can find a video recording of our 10am church service on our website. 

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

We are hoping to put a recording of Peter Young's funeral service on the Priory website for those who were unable to attend.

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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