Newsletter - 31/05


Dear friends,

'When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tonguesas the Spirit enabled them.' Acts 2

This Sunday is Pentecost when the disciples received the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a major feast and the last Sunday in Festival time. For many years, Pentecost was called Whit Sunday or White Sunday. One theory is that the name derives from the white garments worn by catechumens, those expecting to be baptised at Pentecost. 

The Holy Spirit is God's presence with us, like the breath in our lungs. It's refreshing and rejuvenating. The Holy Spirit is God moving in his church and amongst his people. 

In our One Service for All today, The Worship Band is singing "O God of Burning Cleansing Flame". The original was written by William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army and was first published in The War Cry in 1894, on the 50th anniversary of his conversion. Do sing along – the tune is catchy, and you can imagine it being sung in Booth's evangelistic rallies among the Victorian poor.

Last Sunday, I preached on the top of the Priory Tower. All went well until the wind blew and we lost a section when I was telling the story of Nadim' s conversion. So here's what you missed:

"Nadim Laperouse's daughter had a severe allergic reaction to unlabelled food at Pret a Manger in 2018, and tragically died. She was 15. Her last moments were on board an aircraft with her father watching her slip away. Suddenly, he saw a soft yellow light flooding the cabin and angels appeared. Nadim couldn't believe what he was seeing. So moved by it all he found his way to the church where Natasha had attended a youth club. Two weeks before the tragic events, she had confided in a friend that she wanted to be baptised. Nadim found support, comfort and faith and finally became baptised himself symbolically wearing a tee-shirt with Natasha's picture on the front. Nadim has said, "God confirmed his existence to me on that day. He said, "I'm here. I am watching you, I hear your prayers, and I am with you." What Nadim discovered is that, whatever our circumstances, our relationship with God, our channel to him through prayer, never, ever closes."

My apologies if you are one of those who receive a hand-delivered sermon and letter. Because this letter has been posted, we have been unable to wait for Jonny's sermon to be completed.

Pat Wollaston, who embroidered the Ordinary Time altar cloth for St Giles, Chapel, has used her lockdown time to produce a cushion cover for the bishop's chair to match. I am delighted with this. Here is a picture and thank you so much, Pat.

Nature watch at the vicarage this week has focused on a melon plant we transplanted to a bigger pot and sited in our porch. Three hours later, it had grown so much that, if it continues to grow at that rate, we might struggle to get in the front door! (Rita says this is an exaggeration!)  

And the final word for Pentecost to Tom Wright: "Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God's new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet." 

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.


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 are included in the links on the right. This week these have been written by David Guy.

Face masks for care homes  Jill Crofton is very grateful for the face-masks already given towards H-J's project. Please get in touch if you are planning to make any, or need them collecting! Tel. 01886 833376.

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

Wider Church and Community

Lyttelton Well Bookshop Please support them - they are still here and missing you! Theyare currently taking orders by phone, 01684 573702, and email. They have two new Bookshop Newsletters - one listing a range of new titles, and the other a Catalogue listing a wide range of titles at reduced prices (offers valid until 30thJune, so don't delay!). These may also be viewed by visiting their website. If what you're looking for is not listed or not in stock, they'll happily order it in for you. You may now safely collect your order from the collection point outside the Lyttelton Well or they can post it to you via Royal Mail at cost. They can also offer free local delivery, if needed. Your support is both appreciated and vital to the Well during this challenging time.

The Foodbank has seen a significant increase in the number of food parcels being distributed – 50 referrals a week compared to 25 at the same time last year. Their current shortages are: sugar, tomato ketchup, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, tinned carrots, squash, packets of Pasta’n’sauce, microwaveable rice, adult toothbrushes, washing up liquid, washing powder/liquid, kitchen cleaner, J cloths and size 5/6 nappies. There are food donation boxes at the supermarkets and food can also be left at the Lyttelton Well - just ring the bell and someone will come.

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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