Newsletter - 24/05

Sunday 24th May 2020 • 7th Sunday of Easter

Dear friends,

Jesus said, 'I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power ofyour name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.'

Welcome to this week's newsletter which, I hope, helps you to keep in touch with all that is happening at the Priory. Today is the Sunday after the Ascension, and we are in the eleven days between Ascension and Pentecost which has become a time when we focus on prayer. A year ago the churches in Malvern manned a marquee in the Priory grounds which became our prayer tent for 'Thy Kingdom Come.' Thy Kingdom Come is a worldwide, interdenominational initiative begun by our Archbishops to help the church connect with its community through prayer. This year, we cannot do all that had been planned, but the Revd Peter Myres, curate in the Chase Team and TKC organiser, has asked clergy to produce 2-minute videos on prayer to encourage folk. I have recorded one, and those on email will receive the links.

Next week is Pentecost, and we will be celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit. This will be our second online communion, but this time, I will preside at the altar at the Priory. If you can join in, you would be most welcome. Do prepare some wine (sherry is a good choice) and bread. 

Churches and schools are busy behind the scenes preparing for the lifting of lockdown. This week, we had an informal PCC when this was discussed, and ideas and suggestions were offered. I have also attended a school governors' meeting via Zoom for Malvern Parish School. Again, the headteacher, Mrs Susan Parker, outlined how they may organise the school day when the children return to keep everyone safe. In both the church and school situations, the return is not going to be easy and will be very challenging for those who bear the responsibility. May I ask you especially to pray for wisdom and hold churches and schools in your prayers?

'SpringWatch' continues at the vicarage with the arrival of a pair of nuthatches. They appeared to be looking for holes in an old brick wall in the garden rather than in mature trees.  We have only had two sightings, and they didn't return, but Rita and I really loved seeing them.

Lockdown has now happened for a significant time and has been very frustrating for many. Please pray especially for those at the Priory who have to be careful and are not allowed out at all. Let's hope and pray we can all be safely back together soon.

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

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 on the back of this leaflet (which is in a format suitable for printing).

Intercessions Suggested prayers of intercession for this week are included in this sheet and on the website. This week these have been written by Elizabeth Dunnett.

Thy Kingdom Come Ascension Day marked the start of ten days of prayer for more people to come to faith, culminating at Pentecost.  Although we can't meet, the diocese will be sharing daily video reflections from our bishops and would like to encourage the whole diocese to stop for 5 minutes of prayer at midday each day, beginning with the Lord's Prayer. More information on the diocesan website.

Face masks for care homes Please, if you can, join the Mothers Union and others in sewing. 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 attached, 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

Contact Jill Crofton for more details; she can collect.


Wider Church and Community

Lyttelton Well Bookshop is still here and taking orders by email and phone 01684 573702. To receive their newsletter, please email the above 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/children's toothpaste & toothbrushes, and deodorant. There are food donation boxes at supermarkets, or food can be left at the Lyttleton Well office – just knock 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 their website, or call Emma on 01905 958262.


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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