Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland
Tier 2 and Your Church
All Churches will reopen for gathered worship, regardless of Covid Tier levels, from 2nd December - in effect, Sunday worship resumes across the Old Hills Malvern Churches on Sunday 6th December
Our first services of our fortnightly pattern will be services of Holy Communion for Advent art Callow End (9.30am) and Madresfield (11am).
Online worship continues, most Sundays, at 5.30pm. Throughout Advent, we will be exploring Christmas:God's Promise Kept. Contact us for the Zoom access code for this service, or Thursday Night Prayer (8.30pm, most Thursdays).
What does Tier2 mean for other things to do with Church?
Funerals , Weddings and Baptisms can resume but strict Covid security and social distancing will be required. For specifics, please contact us.
CHRISTMAS WILL HAPPEN - BUT A BIT DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR
BOOKING TO ATTEND CHURCH ON CHRISTMAS EVE MASS OR CHRISTMAS MORNING WILL BE REQUIRED FOR TO THE RESTRICTED CHURCH SEATING CAPACITY WE HAVE TO OPERATE FOR COVID SECURITY
Month of Prayer
Loving Father God,
be with us in our distress;
be with our families, friends, and neighbours,
our country and our world.
Give health to the sick,
hope to the fearful,
and comfort to mourners.
Give wisdom to our frontline and key workers,
insight to our Government,
and patience to us all.
Overcome disease with the power of your new life,
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Malvern Hills Foodbank Shortages
Thank you for your continued support of the foodbank. They have been busy distributing food parcels to adults and families in need.
Donations can be delivered either to the Lyttleton Well or to Spring Lane during normal opening hours (Monday and Thursday 10.15 –12noon; Tuesday 1-3pm).
Collections will happen at The Vicarage on Thursday 3rd December. and at Guarlford Telephone Box and Madresfield Club (two locations) between 2-5pm. Please drop off any donations in carrier bags in case of poor weather.
They have LOTS of baked beans, UHT milk and tinned tomatoes but are currently short of:
Sugar 1kg and 500g bags, Tinned fruit, Tins of rice pudding, Tinned potatoes, Jars of curry sauce, Sponge pudding,Tinned vegetarian pies, Tea bags 40, 80 and 160 packs, Jars of instant coffee, Jars of jam (not homemade), Bottles of squash, Fruit juice, Men’s shaving gel/foam, Men’s deodorant, Men’s shower gel.
DEFIBRILLATOR AT GUARLFORD....
“Guarlford now has a defibrillator which is fixed to the outside wall of the Village Hall. A new light sensor has also been fitted to make it easier to access in the dark.
If you suspect someone may be having a heart attack first call 999
Go to the bright yellow defibrillator box and enter the code C159X The ambulance service will also have this number so they can let you know if you can’t remember it. This number will also be on a small sticker on the notice board to the right of the hall entrance door.
Open the box remove the orange case and take it to the person who is unwell.
Take out the defibrillator machine, turn it on by pressing the large button, a voice will tell you exactly what to do. Follow all the instructions.
The sensor pads will measure the hearts rhythm and administer a shock only if it is needed. Remember the defibrillator will not administer a shock if it is not needed.
You can not cause harm by using the defibrillator but you may just save a life!
If you would like more information about responding to a heart attack please go to the Heart Start website https://www.heartstartmalvern.org.uk/heart_attack.htm
Heart start will be delivering training on use of the defibrillator, and responding to emergency situations, in Guarlford Village Hall around Easter time, once it is safe for people to meet again in a public space.”
There are a number of mission critical VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES coming up across the Old Hills Malvern Parishes. Click here for more details. So far this link has had very few hits.......
A PRAYER FOR THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION - from Sr Laurentia from the "new" Stanbrook Abbey nr Thirsk in North Yorkshire
Almighty Father, God of all consolation, look upon us and all of humanity in this time of illness and anxiety. We confide to you all who are afflicted by COVID-19: those suffering from the disease, the dying, those who have died, the anxious, all who have lost loved ones or their livelihood. Grant healing to the sick, comfort those who mourn. Give strength and courage to all who are fighting the disease at the front line and in medical research as well as those working in essential services. May we be kept safe and well. May we be blessed with serenity, compassion and deep trust in the Resurrection of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we make our prayer; he who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
Weekly Intercessions can be found on the Worshipping Resources tab.
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.
Please note, for in church funerals, prior to committal in the churchyard or at the crematorium, there will be restrictions brought about by Government Regulation or Church of England Advice and Guidance effective from the 6th September across the Old Hills Malvern Churches. The restrictions will cover the numbers of people that can attend the church, the need to ear face coverings and to use sanitiser product, participation in NHS Test and Trace data collection. regrettably, although music can be listened to, hymns cannot be sung (unless a choir/professional accomplement is commissioned). Contact the Vicar for further information.
OLD HILLS' HEADLINES - A LINK TO YOUR CHURCHES
Over the pandemic, to supplement our parish magazines, a news sheet - Old Hills Malvern Headlines- has been produced. With church reopening, Rev Gary is considering how best to continue with such a bulletin given the reduced frequency of services in each church and the success of social media and the website for reaching out and communicating. It is accepted that a number of parishioners do not use the internet but it is used by the majority. More details anon.
Rev Gary's monthly Pastoral Letter is on the Vicar's Blog page
ON LINE WORSHIP RESOURCES
The website has been modified to take on line resources for worship and prayer. Please look for On Line Worship for these resources. Any new material will be signposted on this page, but please hop over to On Line Worship to find prayers, services etc. As well as the recently introduced Worship for the Self Isolating, please consider using the following:
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. See what the last six months have meant to a few members of our community.
PARISH MAGAZINE UPDATES
POWICK PARISH NEWS - This will be available on this website - look for the Links tab on the green bar at the top of this page.
THE GRAPEVINE - for Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland households - an on line version is available and a printed edition will be distributed where and when we can from the end of July. Look for the Links tab on the green bar at the top of this page.
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.
NO GATHERED CHURCH SERVICES DURING LOCK DOWN 2
ON LINE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2020
10.30am Holy Communion for Advent Sunday
NO EVENING SERVICE AT 5.30pm THIS WEEK
Try accessing an Advent Carol Service on line at Malvern Link with Cowleigh parish or The Great Malvern Priory.
NEW - Phone access is now possible for Zoom services (audio only of course)
NOTE - NIGHT PRAYER continues each Thursday night at 8.30pm on Zoom (contact us for Zoom link)
Download the Zoom App from www.zoom.us to join in.
Or try praying and worshipping using our on line resources? It will change your life!
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 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 Officer (PSO) 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 PSOs. Follow this link for further information: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church/policy-practice-guidance