Newsletter - 12/07

Sunday 12th July, 5th Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends,

Jesus said, "But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."  Matthew 13 verse 23

Welcome to this week's newsletter. This Sunday is the 5th after Trinity, and we are focussing on the parable of the sower. Chris Shepherd will be reflecting on this, and this will be the last time Chris preaches before she and her husband Terry move to Sidmouth. We thank them both for their ministry here and wish them well in their new adventure.

Most of my letter this week is about the new arrangements for a partial return to worshipping in the Priory during August. But first the big picture. What follows is the information the Management Team sent out to PCC members last week for their approval:

The Government has given us permission to re-open the church for public worship from 4th July. This means we are allowed to conduct services within the guidelines, but there is no compulsion to do so. We can begin when we are ready. Guidelines from the Church of England, just received, make it clear that the 2m social distancing rule is still in place. There is to be no hymn singing and no coffee after the service. The 2m rule, when applied to the Priory, limits numbers in the nave to 30-50.

It is proposed that, from the beginning of August, we will provide, on a Sunday, a BCP service at 8.00 am, and then two said services of Morning Worship (with Communion on the last Sunday in August). The first of these is at 10.00 am and last approximately 30 minutes. Those who have no online availability will be specially invited to this service. The second service will be at 11 am, of the same duration, and will be by online ticket. This will help us control numbers and give us practice in ticketing. Online booking will also help us fulfil the requirement for a register of those attending services to be kept for 21 days, for track and trace purposes.

Since March, our Worship team has done a superb job in producing high-quality online services. One 5 minute music clip takes hours to create. Understandably, those involved are getting tired and are in need of a break. We are therefore proposing that when we open for public worship, there will be no online worship, in its present format, during August.

We hope, however, to put a video of the 10.00 am said service online, to keep connected with those not able to join us in church and to help make them still feel a part of the Priory's worship community. In September the online worship will return, and we will consider what happens at the Priory.

Priory members with internet access will be invited to come to the 11.00 am short Sunday services beginning on 2nd August. To book a seat, you will need to have an online ticket, and we will explain how that will work next week.

Every effort will be made to keep you safe. This includes:

  • Chairs two metres apart (except for family groupings).
  • No singing or refreshments.
  • A full risk assessment written.
  • No toilet facilities.
  • A list kept of those who attend.
  • The availability of hand sanitisers.
  • Face masks encouraged

We do hope you will come. It is important that we begin to take safe steps towards worshipping together at the Priory again. It would give the Priory Team great pleasure and encouragement to see you there supporting us in this first step back.

With 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, but 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.

Virtual Messy Church will be available to see on the Priory website from 8am on 12thJuly.

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 Rosemary 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 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday (but not Saturday initially).  Socially distanced seating is available and they'll also be offering a take-away service.  Do support them.

Lyttelton Well Bookshop is openMonday 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's current shortages are: tinned meat, tinned fruit, jam, instant mash, J cloths, antibacterial wipes, kitchen rolls, shampoo, bars of soap, washing powder and washing up liquid. The food donation boxes at the supermarkets are being regularly emptied and food can also be left at the Lyttelton Well.

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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