Newsletter - 14/06

Sunday 14th June • 1st Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends,

'Then Jesus said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."' (Matthew 9)

Welcome to this week's news sheet. Our online service is led by Chris Shepherd and based on Matthew 9, where Jesus is sending out his disciples to proclaim the Good News that the Kingdom of Heaven has come near.

Some easing of the Lockdown restrictions will begin this week. We have heard from the Bishops that churches can be open for private prayer from 15thJune and we are well prepared at the Priory. James and Anne have worked out seating and a safe route to travel. There will be a hand sanitation station, and we will need to maintain social distancing. There will be an opportunity to sit quietly and pray and perhaps light an LED candle if you wish (but not to check pigeonholes).

It is good news that people on their own can now form a social bubble. Archdeacon Nikki, who lives on her own, was telling me how challenging it has been not to see folk other than on a computer screen, and I know many of you have missed not being able to share a handshake or hug.

We will be hosting the Farmers' Market in the Priory grounds on 20thJune, and possibly again in July and August. Planning for this is well in hand. Funerals are now allowed also, but the number who can attend will be limited to meet social distancing requirements. Nothing has been announced about weddings yet.

Springwatch at the Vicarage has continued. This week we watched as a magpie popped into our front porch and stole some of Jack's dry dog food from the sack. He worked hard to peck a hole and then returned for seconds!

I do hope you are coping with the lockdown. I have heard many stories of folk showing Christian love and compassion to others, and we applaud this. Our PALs are doing an excellent job keeping in touch with people. It will be a celebration when we can fully return to worshipping together at the Priory safely. Let's hope and pray that isn't too far away.

Every blessing, 

Rod


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


Information

Due to the advice given by the government about Coronavirus, all services have been suspended until further notice and all events have been cancelled. The Priory will be open for private prayer only Monday to Saturday (excluding 20 June) from 11am to 1.30pm with effect from Monday 15 June, 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.

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 Nick Jackson.

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

John Clements' funeral will be at The Vale Crematorium on Wednesday 17thJune at 1pm.  

Jocelyn Geyer's funeral will be a private funeral for family only in the Priory on 24thJune at 2.30pm, followed by burial at Great Malvern Cemetery.


Wider Church and Community

A Farmers' Market will be held in the Priory grounds on Saturday 20thJune.

Lyttelton Well Bookshop Please support them - they are still here and missing you! They are currently taking orders by phone, 01684 573702, and by email. They have two new Bookshop Newsletters - one listing a range of new titles, and the other a Catalogue listing a wide range of titles at reduced prices (offers valid until 30thJune, so don't delay!). These may also be viewed by visiting their website. If what you're looking for is not listed or not in stock, they'll happily order it in for you. You may now safely collect your order from the collection point outside the Lyttelton Well or they can post it to you via Royal Mail at cost. They can also offer free local delivery, if needed. Your support is both appreciated and vital to the Well during this challenging time.

The Foodbank Trustees want you to know how much they appreciate your fantastic support, whether by donating goods, giving money or being a volunteer. Their current shortages are: tins of potatoes, fruit, meat, ravioli, rice pudding, and custard; packets of Smash; cereal; squash and juice; jam; treats such as Haribo sweets and small bars of chocolate; anti-bacterial wipes; shampoo, shower gel and deodorants; men's razors; toilet rolls; and kitchen towel. There are food donation boxes at the supermarkets and food can also be left at the Lyttelton Well - just knock on the office door and someone will come. Food parcels are currently being delivered to clients by Community Action Malvern.

The next CAP Prayer Meetingwill be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday 17thJune at 7.30pm.  Please contact Chris Mesley and he will send you the Zoom meeting details.


Contact Details

Vicar The Revd Rod Corke (day off Monday) 

Email

Telephone: 07977 444864

Curate The Revd Jonny Gordon (day off Tuesday)

Email

Priory Office Tel:01684 561020

Email

The office is currently closed but emails are monitored.

Church Manager Anne Rich 

Email

Telephone: 07860 873566


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