Newsletter - 30/08

Sunday 23rd August, 12th Sunday after Trinity


Dear friends,

Welcome to this week's newsletter. May the Lord bless you especially in this coming week.

St Paul writes these beautiful words:  "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves." Romans 12 v9-10. Today is the 12thSunday after Trinity, and our theme is "Who is Jesus?". Jonny will be reflecting on this Biblical passage.

Last week's Common Worship communion service went smoothly and, being a fifth Sunday, it will be communion service this week  too. The Maxim family are back from their holidays and will be providing some music for us to enjoy. The online service will begin again next week and I would like to thank the team for their willingness to return.

Looking forward to Jonny's ordination, Jonny's friends and family will receive priority with the tickets. Then those tickets which remain will be offered to the congregation. We hope the service will be videoed and we intend to show an excerpt in the following week's online service.

So what about the Priory's ministry with families and children? Throughout September a talk for the children will happen online and I am grateful to Rebecca Caskie and Hilary Babb for leading this. Our first Altogether Worship Service since lockdown will be at 11.00 am on 11thOctober. This day will be our Harvest Festival and at 9.30am there will be a short service of worship including Harvest hymns sung to us. The 11.00 am service will be geared towards families and on a harvest theme. Our guest speaker is Petra Van Rijssen who has written books on a Christian reponse to environmental issues. She is also experienced at working with children to help them engage with the challenge of climate change.

Rita and I are going  to enjoy some holiday, but when we return , I am going to resume working from Church House and I am looking forward to that.

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 in the Priory This week we have 8am BCP Communion (for those who have regularly attended this service in the past) and 9.30am/11.00am Holy Communion. The 9.30 and 11am services on 6 September will be Morning Worship. From now the weekly pattern will be 8am, 9.30am and 11am services (except on 27 September), with Holy Communion on the 1stand 3rdSundays. Please remember that you need to book for the 9.30am 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, 9.15am for the 9.30am service, and 10.45am for the 11am service, but you may have to queue outside for entry to maintain social distancing.

The Priory is usually open for private prayer Monday to Saturday from 11am to 1.30pm, and until 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, but with a maximum of 20 people allowed in at any one time. We also expect to be open to visitors on Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am to 1.30pm, subject to any funerals or other events. Please maintain social distancing at all times and follow the instructions given. Unfortunately the toilets will not be open.

Online services are suspended during August, to give the team a break, but will resume in September. For Sundays in August we hope to have a video recording of our 10am church service on our website. 

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 using the link on the right. This week these have been written by Claire Darnborough.

Wider Church and Community

Lyttelton Well Cafe: Volunteers urgently required – can you help please?
They are currently seeking volunteers to cover the following roles:

End of day Cleaning of cafe & kitchen floors- daily (Mon-Sat) 4.00-5.00pm (open to volunteers up to age 80);

Toilet Monitor for cafe customer toilet - daily 11.00am-2.00pm (up to age 75);

Cafe Washing Up – daily, either 10.00am-1.00pm or 1.00-3.30pm (up to age 75).

For more information telephone 573702 or email.Full risk assessments have been completed with regard to Covid-19 and full training will be given for each role.

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.

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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