Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland

WELCOME TO ALL THOSE RETURNING TO CHURCH OR ARE ATTENDING OR SEEKING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CHURCHES

 

 

CHRISTMAS is coming --  but we have to look forward through the beautifully reflective season of Advent FIRST

 

A FREE GIFT FROM THE CHURCH TO HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS POWICK AND CALLOW END

 

The new Parish Magazine,  A Voice for the Villages will be dropping through your letter boxes in early December.  Feel free to join us and subscribe to this refreshed and re-badged community magazine: produced by the Church for the Community. 

As well as a paper copy subscription price,  an on line (by email) subscription is also available.  See the magazine for further details.  From the 1st February 2022,  there will not be an online edition on this website to review.  

 

Advent Activities

Read a chapter of St Luke's Gospel a day -  see Resources page for a leaflet of backing notes to help you.  I tried it last year, its easy to do and deserves a re-read this year too.  Join me!

A is for Advent -  Advent Teaching and Night Prayer -  Join us on Zoom each Thursday evening at 7.45pm for a reflection session on the meaning of Advent and aspects of our Christian Values.  Concludes with Night Prayer at 8.30pm.  Join us for the teaching and Night Prayer or either.  Access codes available from The Vicarage  or via Contact Us.

See below for information in the pop up collections for the Malvern Hills Foodbank

 

ANGELS have been spotted near the Vicarage.... will they be coming YOUR WAY soon? 

 

 

A NEW PRAYER FOR THE OLD HILLS MALVERN CHURCHES 

Welcome to our new Old Hills Malvern  Benefice Prayer

Almighty God,
source of our hope and of all good things;
you call us in love to share in the work of creation in making all things new.
Bless our benefice of two parishes, three schools, four churches active across five villages.
May we be faithful in worship,
Confident in our discipleship,
and joyful in our service, 

that through us, the world may catch a glimpse of the love you have for each one of us,
made known in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen. 

 

Introducing CATCH -  Your Church's Acting To Combat Hardship 

 

ADVENT FOODBANK COLLECTIONS

Pop Up collections for the Malvern Hills Foodbank return each Thursday though out Advent.  Please check the Foodbank website for shortage lists.  Alternatively,  perhaps your donation of foodstuffs could include something Christmasy or Festive?

Agreed dates and collection points are as follows:

 

THURSDAY'S. 9.45am-5.00pm as follows

9th December -  Madresfield Club. and Guarlford Phone box -  for GMN parish

16th December -  The Shop at the Top,  Callow End

Please give generously

 

 

CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES -  THE RESULT IS IN

THANK YOU to all of you that donated filled shoeboxes for our Christmas collection for the Charity,  teams4U.  We delivered over 160 shoe boxes to the charity's warehouse in Evesham on the 25th November -  and there are a few more to come in.The absolute deadline is the 26th November. 

with grateful thanks to our schools in Powick,  Callow End and Madresfield, the WI's,  the Scouts and Guides,  our church congregations and other interested parties that made this collection possible.  Same time next year?

 

Harvest Collection update -  we have raised enough cash for St Elizabeth's Church in Tunguli, Morogoro to be fitted with SIX window rails (they don't need double or triple glazing?).  With the hopeful donation from GMN parish expected,  we should be able to supply two more windows.  

 

 

OUR CHURCHES ARE NOW OPEN FOR WORSHIP

See our display at the end of this home page to see which service is happening where on Sunday.  Also, our On Line calendar can sign post you to where services are taking place.

As well as gathered worship in churches ,  we will continue with online worship too. A Zoom based service of Evening Prayer may happen each Sunday at 5.30pm -  check below for details . Zoom Compline (Night Prayer or another seasonal service) across the Old Hills Churches happens each Thursday (where indicated) at 8.30pm -  why not join in from home on the computer or by phone?  No need to leave home with a Zoom service!

Lord's Alive - our Family Worship Service has returned -  check the online diary or the Lord's Alive FaceBook page! 

Each Church has been assessed with a Covid19 Risk Assessment and from the 19th July 2021 :

  • Face coverings and social distancing whilst in church is up to you to decide 
  • The churches will continue to cleaned to a high standard
  • Our toilets will reopen
  • Coffee/Refreshments will return
  • The Bells will ring at Madresfield and Powick!
  • No seating capacity restriction for Sunday worship, baptisms , weddings or funerals 
  • There will be no requirement to collect Track/Trace personal information 

 

WEEKLY INTERCESSIONS

Weekly intercessions are provided as an  online resource only.  If you need a copy,  please contact The Vicarage or ask a friend to print them off for you.  

 

ZOOM BASED PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES

The benefice has two Zoom based services each week.  Details appear on the SOS box, below (Services on Sunday).  they largely happen on Sunday evenings at 5.30pm and take the form of a Contemporary or Contemplative Evening Prayer (BCP Evening prayer on the Third Sunday).

On Thursday nights, at 8.30pm,  a Compline or Night Prayer is available .  reflective and contemplative,  we especially pray for those needing our prayer,  our schools and our communities.    Zoom access codes are on our Headlines newssheet or available from The Vicarage or CONTACT US.

 

OLD HILLS ON YOUTUBE

Search Old Hills Malvern on YouTube for our new channel.  When we can , we will up date videos there of our work and mission.   There are some uploaded Lord's alive videos to review and COMING SOON -  a new video four our Schools for Advent and Christmas.

STATEMENT ON PARISH FUNERAL PROVISIONS

Remember, when someone dies in one of our villages, a Church of England funeral is available for them in their own parish where they live, whether they were churchgoers or not. Such funerals are available in our beautiful churchyards at Powick (open for Powick and Callow End residents), Madresfield, Gualford and Newland ,  at a green burial site or at the local Crematorium Chapel in Worcester, Fladbury or Cheltenham. Please contact me if I can help you or your family, if needed, or advice in these difficult times.  Thank you.

 

OLD HILLS' HEADLINES -  A LINK TO YOUR CHURCHES

Old Hills Malvern Headlines,  our fortnightly pew sheet,  is available to view on this website as well as being emailed out to over 100 people.  A few are delivered by post or hand.  If you would like one delivered or sent,  please contact us by phone or email. People are carping on about the lack of communication - well, if you don't access or share what is openly and time consumingly produced,  what more can The Vicar do?  It takes two to tango.....

Each (additional week),  when Headlines is not produced,  an email reminder of services for Sunday will be sent to those subscribing to the Headlines news sheet -  called SOS -  Services on Sunday , it will feature urgent messages and confirmation of Service timings. 

 

Rev Gary's monthly  Pastoral Letter is on the Vicar's Blog page

 

ON LINE WORSHIP RESOURCES 

Please look for On Line Worship for  resources to support your faith -  from sermons, blogs, service sheets and intercessions.  there is plenty to refresh your faith.   Any new material will be signposted on this page, but please hop over to On Line Worship to find out more.   Copies can be printed and sent out to parishioners upon request. You just have to ask, then you will receive!

As well as the website,  the parishes have a new YouTube Channel ,  Old Hills Malvern Churches. and our youth and children's ministry has video's and news on Facebook -  LORD'S ALIVE SERVICES are available on-line.

Go to the 'Children and Families' tab at the top of the page for all the links.  

 

PARISH MAGAZINE UPDATES

 

POWICK PARISH NEWS (NOW: VOICE OF THE VILLAGES) -  This will be available on this website until 1st February 2022 -  look for the Links tab on the green bar at the top of this page for the online version.   A printed version is available via subscription (c£6pa) - Contact Us for more information. 

THE GRAPEVINE -  for Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland households -  From March 2021,  this magazine will be available on line or from your churches only unless you have requested a magazine by post.   The online version can be accessed on the Guarlford Parish and this website.

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MINISTRY AND MISSION OF THE OLD HILLS' MALVERN CHURCHES

Levani oculos meos in montes  

Psalm 121 (I lift my eyes to the hills)

Well done for finding us on the web! A number of people are saying " what has the Old Hills got to do with the churches in these parts?"  Well,  the Psalm says it all really.....

This website should provide you with a lot of useful information about the four churches in the Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland. We are a small group of parishes that is in the Malvern Hinterland. If you are driving to or from Worcester or the Malvern Hills or the Three Counties Show Ground, there is a high probability you are driving through us.

We have the best of both worlds -10 minutes either from The Malvern's or the City of Worcester.  We are four Churches that are welcoming and attractive and want to serve you. So if you are looking for Sunday worship (give us a try -  might be a little difficult at the moment because of Coronavirus, but bookmark us and keep in touch), struggling with your faith or want to find out more, or to explore how Your Church can assist and be with you for a wedding, baptism or a funeral, We hope you will consider contacting us after reviewing the information and pictures on this new website.

Your Churches have an interesting future ahead -  be part of it......

 

These are difficult times--

Please support your local churches if you need help with life’s events - births ( baptisms), deaths ( funerals) or marriages ( in church).  Contact Rev Gary via www.oldhillsmalvern.co.uk if your  churches can help you.

If you can afford to donate money  to help with the running of these four churches in these uncertain times, please contact Rev Gary via Contact Us, in confidence.  

 

SOS -   SERVICES ON SUNDAY

Services on Sunday 5th December

8am. BCP Holy Communion at Powick

9.30am  BCP Holy Communion at Guarlford

(Guarlford's service will have Advent hymns)

 

NO EVENING PRAYER SERVICES IN DECEMBER

ON ZOOM ON A SUNDAY EVENING  

 

Photo: Service of Light and Launch of the Christmas tree Festival at Madresfield

THIS SPACE IS BLANK

WHAT CAN WE USE IT FOR?

 

Let The Vicar know by Contacting Us

 

 

 

 

Our Safeguarding Commitment

IF YOU ARE A CHILD, YOUNG PERSON OR ADULT 
WHO IS WORRIED, UPSET OR FRIGHTENED 
BY WHAT SOMEBODY IS SAYING OR DOING
PLEASE TELL SOMEONE AS SOON AS YOU CAN

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DST (See below). If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services. Other agencies such as Childline are available 0800 1111

You will be taken very seriously and it's safe to talk

For urgent advice or concerns, please contact the Vicar of the parish, the Reverend Gary Crellin on 01905 830270 who will then refer to to our new local parishes' safeguarding team. Alternatively ,  contact the Diocese of Worcester Safeguarding Leads (DSTs) on 07495 060689 or 07376 374380 

We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Team for both parishes (see above). The Diocese of Worcester's  safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, DST, who advise our safeguareding team.  Follow this link for further information: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church/policy-practice-guidance