Newsletter - 17/05

Sunday 17th May, 6th Sunday of Easter

Dear friends,

Jesus said, 'I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever -the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bein you.'

Today we will focus our online worship on Jesus telling his disciples that they will not be left alone because he will send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to heal, comfort and bring justice to this world. Chris Boulton is leading this service, and we are very grateful to all who are taking part. We are beginning to think and plan as to how church can happen as the lockdown continues to ease (hopefully!). We await instructions from the Archbishop, but what does seem clear is that we are likely to return in stages, beginning with the Priory being open for private prayer.

Recently, vicars were allowed to go into their churches again, and I took the opportunity on Tuesday to see what our Custos has been doing. The Priory has had a deep clean and James has done a fantastic job. The different surfaces were gleaming, and the cobwebs have gone. The lectern has been polished and is gleaming, and the woodwork's sheen has been restored. Thank you James!

Last week I mentioned the magpies who have nested in the Vicarage garden. This week a large hole has appeared in the rockery. We suspect rabbits, although we have found no evidence yet. We have a handsome fox who visits too. It's like 'Springwatch' here!

In the service this week you will see the "Loo Roll Challenge" organised by the Communication Department at the Diocese. The challenge raises awareness of the need to support clergy financially and to pay as much of our parish share as we can. The water pump which is featured in the video is in the Vicarage garden but, sadly, no longer works. 

We are sad to say that June Schuil has passed away. June was a regular member of the Priory and a strong Christian. She had become very frail recently, and she died in her sleep. Please pray for her family. 

John, the bookshop manager at the The Lyttelton Well has sent a message saying he is still able to obtain books to read in the lockdown. He can be contacted by email. One interesting new Christian book is "Phoebe" the first novel by the respected theologian Paula Gooder. If you enjoy thrillers, then I commend the Simon Serrailler series by Susan Hill. The first one is called "The Various Haunts of Men" and is published by Vintage. The stories are set around a cathedral in the imaginary town of Lafferton and are very well written.

Do keep safe and well.

Every blessing, 



Due to the advice given by the government about Coronavirus, the Priory is now closed. All services have been suspended until further notice, the church is no longer open for prayer, 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, as a basis for your prayers, can be found from the link on the right. This week these have been written by Claire Darnborough.

Face masks for care homes Please, if you can, join the Mothers Union and many others in sewing for our care homes during this crisis. Bishop John's wife, H-J, is co-ordinating a "Welfare for Health Care" initiative providing home made reusable face masks for care homes, with the initial target of 200. 100% cotton material is best, washable at 60*.  Links for YouTube instructions are below, both for hand and machine sewn masks.

1) DIY Face Mask No Sewing Machine

2) DIY Covid-19 Fabric Mask (with Filter Pocket) Sewing Tutorial

Email Jill Crofton for more details; she can collect.

Thank you very much to all the Priory members who have donated so generously to James Wall's sponsored walk in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind. They finished the week on a total of 153 000 steps, which equates to approximately 70ish miles. (Many steps were made on the exercise bike or pacing the garden due to lockdown). If anybody else would like to donate, it is certainly not too late, please do so on: I'm walking my socks off for Guide Dogs website! 


Lyttelton Well Bookshop is taking orders by email and phone 01684 573702. To receive their newsletter, please email the same address. Or you can visit their website to view the current Bookshop Newsletters for a small sample of what's available. If what you're looking for is not listed or not in stock, they'll happily order it in for you. Orders will be posted via Royal Mail at cost. Please support them during this challenging time.

The Foodbank's current shortages are: coffee 100gms, tinned potatoes, UHT milk, tinned fruit, non-bio laundry liquid or powder, adult and children's toothpaste and toothbrushes, and deodorant for men and women. There are food donation boxes at supermarkets, or food can be left at the Lyttleton Well office – just ring the bell and someone will come.

St Richard's Hospice is helping families create online tribute sites where they can share precious memories of their loved ones and create a tribute fund. Go to this website, email Emma Price or phone 01905 958262.

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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