Newsletter - 18/10

Sunday 18th October, Luke the Evangelist, 19th Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends,

Welcome to this week's newsletter. We meet online or in the Priory in the name of Jesus, our saviour and Lord.

In today's Gospel reading, Jesus tells the 'Parable of the Ten Virgins'. He said:"The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut." Today is the 19thSunday after Trinity, Chris Boulton is preaching at the Priory and online.

Last week, it was an incredible thrill and privilege to conduct the wedding of David Campbell and Mary Wall. Unfortunately, the COVID restrictions limited the guests to the bride and bridegroom and their parents, but several friends from church greeted the happy couple in the churchyard. The service was very special, and I prayed that 'Jesus himself came up and walked along with them.' Luke 24:15. Mary wore a beautiful cream dress and David looked dapper in his Campbell kilt. Mary and David will be holding a special reception which is pencilled in for early 2022. We will all look forward to that. 

The Church APCM is this coming week, and we have three places on the PCC to fill. Is God calling you?  It will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 22ndOctober, via Zoom. 

We are delighted that we will enjoy a Choral Evensong on 25thOctober at 6.30 pm. The Priory Singers will sing, socially distanced, in the nave. Also, on Thursday 29th October at 2.00pm we will hold a Service of Thanksgiving for the lives of those who have departed and if you would like to come and remember someone special to you, you will be most welcome. 

Our Church Manager, Anne Rich, leads a team dedicated to keeping us safe. Much has been achieved and we are now able to offer more services and more congregational places. The threat of a second lockdown is real, but we are confident that we are now able to face any challenge that comes. The Church of England has written a special COVID prayer. Please include this in your prayer time. 'Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.'

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.


Sunday services: This week 8am BCP Holy Communion, Parish Communion at 9.30am and 11am.Please remember that face coverings mustbe worn unless you are exempt on health grounds. Our online service will be available on the website as usual.  Next Sunday: Holy Communion at 8am, Morning Worship 9.30 and 11am.

The Priory will be open Mon/Wed/Friday 11am to 4pm for general visitors and private prayer (closed Tues/Thurs/Saturday). A maximum of 30 people are allowed in at any one time.  Please maintain social distancing at all times.

This year's Annual Church Meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd October. It will take the form of a telephone/Zoom video conference (The link to enable members of the congregation to join the meeting will be circulated a few days before the meeting, and again on the day of the meeting). This is our opportunity to reflect on our activities last year, review our finances and learn about the current situation with the Priory Plan. The Booklet of Reports to the APCM is available on the members' section of the Priory website, with some hard copies in church on Sundays.

Your PCC needs YOU!  Elections to fill 6 vacancies on the PCC will be heldat October's Annual Church Meeting. The time commitment is not too onerous, with four or five Thursday evening PCC meetings and one Saturday meeting per annum. Members will also serve on one of four committees. This is your chance to contribute to decision-making in your church. If you feel that you could serve in this important way, please download and complete a nomination form from the website and return it to the PCC Secretary at The  Parish Office, Church House, Church Street, Malvern WR14 2AY, or by email. Nomination forms are also available by contacting the Parish Office. Nominations are also invited for 5 representatives on the Deanery Synod (see separate nomination form).

A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be held at 2pm on Thursday 29thOctober in the Priory led by Revd Rod Corke. It will include music, readings, a short reflection and prayers. Everyone who would like to remember and give thanks for their loved ones is very welcome and there will be an opportunity to light a candle in their memory. Please let Anne Rich know (by email or Tel. 07860 873566) if you are planning to come, together with the names of others in your party, to comply with current Track and Trace. However, you will be most welcome to turn up on the day if this is not possible.

Choirs' CD The CD of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany music, "People, look East", recorded by the Priory choirs back in February (with Peter Shepherd on organ), will be available for sale through the Priory Friends' Shop from 19th September.  Please download the order form, which includes details of how to pay and arrange for copy(ies) to be posted should you not want to collect in person.

The Parish Office is closed until further notice.You can contact the office by email, which is monitored regularly.

Intercessions Suggested prayers of intercession for this week can be found in the link on the right of this page. This week these have been written by Elizabeth Dunnett.

Wider Church and Community

Have you tried the new Lyttelton Well? To increase café space, the bookshop area has been cleared for more tables.  The bookshop has temporarily been moved into the 'counselling suite' at the far end of the Lyttelton Rooms - an inviting and well displayed shop with a wide range of cards, gifts and books, as well as seasonal stock including Advent calendars and candles, calendars, diaries and Christmas cards.  Much needed professional counselling by Christians continues, but as they can't do it face to face, the counsellors have been trained to counsel by phone or 'Zoom'.

Help with shopping Lily Angling and Freya Newman are looking to complete their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award this year.  As their service element, they are offering to help people with their grocery shopping who may be vulnerable or shielding from COVID-19. For further information or if you are interested, please contact Lily.

The Foodbank is currently short of tins of fruit, custard, rice pudding, sponge pudding, evaporated milk, potatoes, salmon and ham; sugar; coffee; toilet rolls; deodorant; men's shower gel; adult toothbrushes; baby wipes and size 6 nappies.

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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