Newsletter - 05/07

Sunday 5th July, 4th Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends,

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  Matthew11 verse 16 to end

Welcome to this week's news sheet. This Sunday is the 4th after Trinity, and the theme is "Bringing your problems and worries to Jesus". Jonny will be reflecting on this. 

This week the lockdown will ease significantly as pubs, coffee shops and restaurants are allowed to open. So what about services in the Priory? We have just received guidance from the Church of England, and we have a way forward. This needs to be considered by PCC members and the Worship Committee, and we hope to be in a position to share the plan with everyone next week. The guidance remains challenging for us as the 2-metre social distancing limits what we can do. Meanwhile, we are so grateful to the team producing our online worship. They are working very hard indeed.

The Priory is open for private prayer, and up to eighteen people per day have taken the opportunity to sit quietly in the church and pray. The Lyttelton Well Coffee Shop and Bookshop have reopened, so please support the work there if you can. 

Summerwatch at the vicarage has included several sightings of a young urban fox. After one visit we noticed that he had feasted on pond snails. 

Recently, we have had a communication from CMS who sponsor our mission partners, the Testers. CMS have made us aware of how devastating Covid 19 has been in Peru. The financial support needed to underpin the Testers’ vital ministry has increased significantly as well. The Mission Committee has suggested that Priory Members may like to give a love gift to Paul and Sarah, it would be much appreciated. The Robinsons in Thailand are facing similar challenges too. If you would like to donate, post your donation, clearly stating who you would like to support, through the Church Office door.

Keep well and safe,

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.


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. All services are still suspended until further notice and all events have been cancelled. News about reopening for services is expected soon.

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.

Do join Zoom Morning Prayer Monday to Friday at 9am, for 20-30mins. Email Jonny and he will add you to the invite list. You will need the Daily Prayer app on a phone or tablet with a separate computer/device to zoom on.

Intercessions Suggested prayers of intercession for this week are included in the links on the right. This week these have been written by David Webster.

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

Wider Church and Community

The Lyttelton Well Cafe is open again from Monday 6thJuly, 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday (but not Saturday initially). They are really looking forward to seeing you all again. As always, they'll be providing a range of good quality, delicious food including light snacks and meals. Socially distanced seating is available and we'll also be offering a take-away service. Do support them.

Lyttelton Well Bookshop open. 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 and email and you can find them online.

The Foodbank thanks you for your continued support. The food donation boxes at the supermarkets are being regularly emptied and food can also be left at the Lyttelton Well. The current shortages are: J cloths, antibacterial wipes, kitchen rolls, shampoo, bars of soap, washing powder, washing up liquid, tinned fruit, tinned meat, jam and packets of Smash.

Priory Early Music Series is available on Youtube channel luteweb.

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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