Newsletter - 20/09

Sunday 20th September, 15th Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends,

A very warm welcome to the Priory whether you are joining us online or visiting us in person at one of our Sunday services. The format of the latter continue to reflect the difficulties we are all subject to, but we hope that if you do visit you are able to take something of God's presence away with you.

Rod and Rita are back from holiday this weekend. We hope they have enjoyed a very well deserved time of rest, relaxation and peace, and are coming back refreshed and recharged. Jonny is away this coming week, on retreat in preparation for his priesting. We are so grateful that he has come to Malvern, bringing perspectives and skills that have been invaluable during lockdown. Please pray for him and Katie as they move to the next chapter in their lives.

Our church family seems as strong as ever.  Having been at most of the services over the past few weeks, it has been lovely to see many of our regular congregations in the Priory at different times following the long period of lockdown. What the crisis is showing us is that, while we may not be able to physically see each other as much as we would like, we are still one family, able to support one another in different ways and coming together as a Church. Further afield, we can read about other innovative ways people are finding to maintain and share their faith. It is to be hoped that once we do emerge from the current situation this spirit of innovation and togetherness can be harnessed even more to proclaim Christ's message. 

But we also need to feel his comfort and support here and now, and there are some words from Ephesians that seem particularly comforting: 'So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.'

We none of us know when we will all be able to be together again in the ways to which we were accustomed before the pandemic, and the nationwide spike in cases over the past days does not give us much cause for optimism in the near future. Nevertheless we must continue to look forward to a time when everybody will be able to worship, pray and rejoice with each other in our wonderful Priory church. 

In the meantime, do keep safe and stay well.

In His love,

Neil and Jerry

(Churchwardens)


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

Sunday services in the Priory This week we have 8am BCP Communion (for those who have regularly attended this service in the past) with celebrant Revd Ted Crofton, and Morning Worship at 9.30am and 11am led by Chris Boulton with preacher Dr David Webster. Next week (27thSeptember) there will be BCP Holy Communion at 8am, celebrant Revd Tony Whalley. Please remember that face coverings must be worn unless you are exempt on health grounds. The gates will be open at 7.40am for the 8am service, but you may have to queue outside for entry to maintain social distancing. Then at 10.30am our Curate Jonny will be ordained priest by The Bishop of Worcester and unfortunately there are no tickets available for this service. This means our usual 9.30 and 11am services have been cancelled that week, but our online service will be available on the website as usual.

From October the usual pattern of services will be Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, and Morning Worship on 2nd and 4th Sundays.

The Priory will be open Mon/Wed/Thur from 11am to 4pm and Tues/Fri/Sat  11am to 1.30pm (for general visitors and private prayer). A maximum of 30 people are 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.

A date for our diaries Because of the coronavirus pandemic we had to postpone this year's Annual Church Meeting. It will now take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd October 2020. To enable as many people as possible to attend, taking into account social distancing guidance, the meeting 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. Not to be missed! The Booklet of Reports to the APCM is available on the members' section of the Priory website, and there are copies available at services today.

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 – Buildings & Grounds, Finance, Mission and Worship. 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. Alternatively, nomination forms are available by contacting the Parish Office. Previous PCC experience definitely not required! Nominations are also invited for 5 representatives on the Deanery Synod (see separate nomination form).

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), is available for sale through the Priory Friends' Shop.

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

Unfortunately, the organ recital due in November has been cancelled due to the Covid situation.

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 David Guy.


Wider Church and Community

Lyttelton Well Cafe: Lyttelton Well Cafe: Volunteers urgently required – can you help please?
For more information telephone 573702 or email.


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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