Newsletter - 21/06

21st June • Second Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends,

"Then Jesus said to his disciples:  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care."

Welcome to this week's news sheet. This Sunday is the 2nd after Trinity, and our online service is led by me and based on Matthew 10. Chris Boulton is preaching and leading the children's talk. We will have musical contributions from the Worship Band, Praise Group and from the Choir and Choristers. The theme of the service will be 'How much does God value us?'

The Priory has been open for private prayer this week, and this has been most successful. Our thanks to James and Anne for organising this so well. The church opens at 11.00 am and closes at 1.30 pm, and social distancing measures apply… but do not let that put you off. If you would like to sit in the Lord's House and pray, you can now do this in a quiet and safe environment. The Lyttelton Well Bookshop is now open, so if you have run out of reading material in the lockdown, then you can re-stock.

Springwatch in the Vicarage garden continues with the regular morning appearance of Floyd, the frog. We meet him under the cucumber plant, and as this is in a raised bed, we chat to him eye to eye!  Jack, our dog, loves eating fruit, particularly bananas. However, he has branched out into stealing our crop of strawberries and gooseberries. Watching him carefully pick the gooseberries from the bush and negotiate the thorns is quite incredible.

These last few months have been a lonely time for many of you. Now those living on their own are encouraged to join up with another person or family to form a 'bubble'. Not everyone has family nearby. So if you know of someone on their own, maybe you could invite them to make a social bubble with you. Thank you to all who are phoning around and keeping the Priory community together. A special 'thank you' to our PALS who are keeping in touch with their folk by phone and socially distanced garden visits.

I am delighted to tell you that The Reverend Stephen Sealy has been offered, and has accepted, the post of Priest in Charge at Little Malvern Priory. Stephen's current position is as Assistant Priest at Wymondham Abbey in Norfolk, a church Rita and I know well. Please pray for him.

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

The Priory is now 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. Please note the church will notbe open on Friday, 26 June and will only be open from 11am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, 24 June.  

Due to the advice given by the government about Coronavirus, all services are still suspended until further notice 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 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 Gilbert.

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

Thanks Elizabeth Nixon sends a very big thank you to everyone for their kindness, concern, love and best wishes on her 99thBirthday last week. She had a lovely day and was overwhelmed by the number of cards she received

Ken Wells' funeral will be on Tuesday 23rdJune at The Vale Crematorium followed by a short private service in the Priory for family only.

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


Wider Church and Community

Lyttelton Well Bookshop  Good News! The Bookshop is now open   Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Please visit - they look forward to seeing you.Thank you for your support and encouragement during these challenging times. As always, they are also taking orders by phone 01684 573702 & email and you visit their website.

The Foodbank 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. Thank you.

Windrush Day Monday 22ndJune - a chance to celebrate the contribution that people from around the Commonwealth. and their children and grandchildren, have made to Britain over seven decades.Parishes are encouraged to take part in a two-minute silence at 11am, remembering the suffering of the Windrush Generation, and praying for a better, fairer world for all.


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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