Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland
OUR CHURCHES ARE NOW OPEN FOR GATHERED WORSHIP
From Easter Sunday, each church will be open once a fortnight for Worship. Please see below for the services planned for this Sunday coming.
Additionally, a Zoom based service of Evening Prayer happens each Sunday at 5.30pm.
Compline (Night Prayer) across the Old Hills Churches happens each Thursday (where indicated) at 8.30pm
Malvern Hills Food Bank Collections
THANK YOU for all of you that donated to our pop up collections for the Malvern Hills Foodbank during Lent. According to the Foodbank , our small churches are the NUMBER ONE CHURCH DONOR in the Malvern area. Well done everyone!
Pop Up Foodbank collections will resume soon. Watch this space. We have a Title to keep!!!
Your Prayer for Our Prayers - Prayer for the week
The death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
The Church of England has issued this prayer for you to use:
God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for the love he shared among us,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.
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.
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. This month - a new video message for Easter from Rev Gary
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 that will need to be followed by 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 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 weekly news sheet - Old Hills Malvern Headlines- has been produced. It 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.
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. 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 Parochial Church Council (PCC) publishes a monthly magazine with the purpose of ‘informing and serving the communities of Powick and Callow End’. You can view the copies we produced in 2020 on this website under the Links tab. A printed copy is delivered to those who subscribe (currently £6 per year).
We are undertaking a wide-ranging review of the magazine and how it might evolve to become a broader community magazine. We would be grateful if you could take 5 minutes to complete the questionnaire which can be found here: https://forms.gle/5dzyCJyU6Wwg4aaU6 The deadline for completion is 20th April 2021. Thank you.
POWICK PARISH NEWS - This will be available on this website and deliveries resumed in April 2021 - look for the Links tab on the green bar at the top of this page for the online version.
THE GRAPEVINE - for Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland households - From March 2021, this magazine will be available on line 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.
GATHERED SERVICES IN CHURCH
SUNDAY 11th APRIL 2021
9.30am. Callow End
4.00pm. LORD'S ALIVE FAMILY SERVICE on Zoom
5.30pm. Contemporary Evening Prayer
Contact the Vicarage on 01905 830270 should you like the access code for the Zoom services.
NEW - Phone access is now possible for Zoom services (audio only of course) Download the Zoom App from www.zoom.us to join in with the video service
NO COMPLINE / NIGHT PRAYER ON
THURSDAY 15th APRIL 2021
SUNDAY WORSHIP ON SUNDAY 18th APRIL 2021
9.30am BCP Holy Communion - Guarlford
11.00am Easter Living Communion - Powick
(Private baptism afterwards)
5.30pm - Prayers and Reflection Service for the Duke of Edinburgh via Zoom
THURSDAY - 8.30pm - COMPLINE returns
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