Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland
The Benefice Christingle Service planned for Sunday 16th January at Powick has been CANCELLED.
FOR ALL SERVICES, FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED PLEASE, UNLESS EXEMPT FOR MEDICAL REASONS
A NEW PRAYER FOR THE OLD HILLS MALVERN CHURCHES
Welcome to our new Old Hills Malvern Benefice Prayer
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.
Introducing CATCH - Your Church's Acting To Combat Hardship
ADVENT FOODBANK COLLECTIONS
A Fantastic result from our Pop Up collections - over the four week season of Advent, over a 1/4tonne of food has been collected. well done. Pop up collections will return in the spring, during Lent. Meanwhile, please give what you can via the Supermarket collection points or the collection point at the Shop at the Top at Callow End.
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. they have been delivered now to Belarus and Georgia - just in time for the Orthodox Christmas Day. 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.
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. See below.
Lord's Alive - our Family Worship Service has also returned - check the online diary or the Lord's Alive FaceBook page!
Our approach to Covid - Covid19 Risk Assessment
Our Covid19 risk assessment is kept under regular review and considers advice and guidance from HM Government and the National Church. Contact us if you would liker to see the latest assessment for your church. 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!
- We can sing!
- No seating capacity restriction for routine Sunday worship, baptisms , weddings or funerals
- There will be no requirement to collect Track/Trace personal information
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
New 2022 Zoom codes and links are needed for services and meetings - please Contact Us for the new codes for the 2022 year. Pass code 049925 has now been discontinued.
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!
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 ON LINE NOW.
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
VOICE OF THE VILLAGES - the new parish magazine for Powick and Callow End - 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 for 10 editions - paper copy) - Contact Us for more information. From the 1st February 2022, there will not be an online edition on this website to review.
Wanted - a new editor for the Powick Magazine will be required from November 2022. If you are interested in supporting your community in this way, contact us.
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, CONTACT US if you are looking for Sunday worship , 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. No one has bothered to do so on the basis of this appear so far this year, but the Christian Faith is one of HOPE.
THANK YOU to the person that donated £50 for our running cost campaign. That was the only donation received.
SOS - SERVICES ON SUNDAY
Epiphany/Baptism of Jesus
Sunday 9th January 2022 - Happy New Year!
9.30am Holy Communion at Callow End
11.00am Holy Communion at Madresfield
5.30pm. Contemporary Evening Prayer on Zoom
SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 16th JANUARY 2022
(Note Rev Gary is away)
8am. BCP Holy Communion (Said) - Rev Canon Clare Griffiths
9.30am. BCP Holy Communion (with hymnody) - Father Chris Sterry
Regrettably, due to the Covid19 situation, the 4pm Christingle service planned for Powick has been CANCELLED. Look at the Old Hills Malvern Churches YouTube channel for Christingle resources.
This takes place on the 1st and 3rd THURSDAYS at 10.30am. at The Orchard Common Room at Colletts Green
NEXT SERVICE - Thursday 20th January 10.30am
ALL ARE WELCOME
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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