Newsletter 11/10

Sunday 11th October, 18th Sunday after Trinity, Harvest Thanksgiving

Dear friends,

Welcome to this week's newsletter. We meet online or in the Priory in the name of Jesus, our saviour and Lord. In today's Gospel reading, Jesus said:'Yes, every person is a fool who gets rich on earth but not in heaven'. Today is the 18thSunday after Trinity, and is our Harvest Festival. We are delighted to welcome our guest speaker Petra Crofton. Petra represents A Rocha which is an international network of environmental organisations with a Christian ethos. A Rocha, which means "the rock" in Portuguese, was founded in Portugal in 1983. Please pray for Petra as she speaks.

Last week the Church Wardens met with others to begin to consider how we may celebrate Christmas at the Priory this year. Covid restrictions make this very challenging. We made good progress and the fruits of our labour will be shared with Management Team and Worship Committee. Please pray for us as we consider what can be done.

Our messy Church Team have been busy again. Not only have they posted a recent online session, which is excellent, but they have planned a Light Party online as an alternative to Halloween. This will be designed as fun for all the family. Sign up for FREE Activity Bags from your Messy Church Team.

I have received this request for help from The Revd Gary Crellin at Powick and if it is something you feel you could offer, do contact him.'The Vicar and PCC of Powick Parish are keen to hear from experienced individuals to help the parish manage its finances on a day to day basis over the next year whilst we formulate a plan to do so more strategically.  If you are an experienced parish treasurer with time on your hands, that's great.  If you are someone with bookkeeping or accountancy experience that can bring new approaches to the role, fantastic. Maybe both?  Three or four hours a week will make all the difference to our small parish.  For informal conversation about the need and requirement,  please contact Rev Gary Crellin on 01905 830270.'

Do note in your diary the date of the Church APCM. It will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 22ndOctober via Zoom. Please consider serving on the PCC. There are several places to fill. We need your support with the governance of our Priory Church. Is God calling you. You can find nomination forms on the 'about us' section of the Priory website, or obtain one by emailing the Priory office.

Please pray for Holy Trinity and St James parish as they interview for their new

incumbent on Monday. Pray too for Bishop Martin who will visit deanery clergy at a chapter meeting on the same day.

Every blessing,

Rod


Prayer Vine If you would like a prayer request to be put on the Priory Prayer Vine, please email it or telephone 07977 444864.


Information

Sunday services in the Priory: This week we have 8am BCP Holy Communion (for those who have regularly attended this service), and Harvest Altogether Worship at 9.30am and 11am as we mark our Harvest Thanksgiving. Please remember that face coverings must be worn unless you are exempt on health grounds. Our online service will be available on the website as usual.  Next Sunday (18thOctober) there will be BCP Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 9.30 and 11am.

The Priory will be open Monday 11am to 4pm, Tues/Wed/Friday 11am to 1.30pm for general visitors and private prayer (closed Thursday & Saturday). A maximum of 30 people are 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.

This year's Annual Church Meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd October. To enable as many people as possible to attend, taking into account social distancing guidance, it will take the form of a telephone/Zoom video conference (The link to enable members of the congregation to join the meeting will be circulated a few days before the meeting, and again on the day of the meeting). This is our opportunity to reflect on our activities last year, review our finances and learn about the current situation with the Priory Plan. Not to be missed! The Booklet of Reports to the APCM was published a few months ago and is available on the members' section of the Priory website, with some hard copies in church on Sundays.

Your PCC needs YOU!  Elections to fill 6 vacancies on the PCC will be heldat October's Annual Church Meeting. The time commitment is not too onerous, with four or five Thursday evening PCC meetings and one Saturday meeting per annum. Members will also serve on one of four committees – Buildings & Grounds, Finance, Mission and Worship. This is your chance to contribute to decision-making in your church. If you feel that you could serve in this important way, please download and complete a nomination form from the website and return it to the PCC Secretary at The  Parish Office, Church House, Church Street, Malvern WR14 2AY, or by email. Alternatively, nomination forms are available by contacting the Parish Office. Previous PCC experience definitely not required! Nominations are also invited for 5 representatives on the Deanery Synod (see separate nomination form).

Get ready for Light Party Online! Saturday 31stOctober. Fun for all the family. Sign up for FREE Activity Bags from your Messy Church Team. Details to follow.

Choirs' CD The CD of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany music, "People, look East", recorded by the Priory choirs back in February (with Peter Shepherd on organ), will be available for sale through the Priory Friends' Shop from 19th September.  Please download the order form, which includes details of how to pay and arrange for copy(ies) to be posted should you not want to collect in person.

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 in the link on the right of this page. This week these have been written by Christine Wells.


Wider Church and Community

Farming Community Network, a Christian Charity that lends a listening ear to farmers, their families and workers, has been dealing with many folk distressed in the last year by floods, drought, doubts about Brexit and if they will survive even, and all the time working long, long hours to supply us with wholesome food as we live through the pandemic. Over the centuries their efforts have shaped the countryside so many enjoy.  But it can be a lonely life when trouble or ill health strikes.  The charity at www.fcn.org.uk has over 400 volunteers in England & Wales who understand farming, give support and give their time to help whenever it is needed.  There is a local Worcestershire branch.  If you want to know more ask Peter Lawrence on 07969 842326

Lyttelton Well Cafe: Lyttelton Well Cafe: Volunteers urgently required – can you help please?
For more information telephone 573702 or email.

Help with shopping Lily Angling and Freya Newman are looking to complete their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award this year.  As their service element, they are offering to help people with their grocery shopping who may be vulnerable or shielding from COVID-19. For further information or if you are interested, please contact Lily.


Contact Details

Vicar The Revd Rod Corke (day off Monday) 

Email

Telephone: 07977 444864

Curate The Revd Jonny Gordon (day off Tuesday)

Email

Priory Office Tel:01684 561020

Email

The office is currently closed but emails are monitored.

Church Manager Anne Rich 

Email

Telephone: 07860 873566


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