Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland
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.
NIGHT PRAYER on Zoom - EVERY THURSDAY FROM 8.30pm - contact us for the Zoom link
Go to the 'Vicar's Blog' tab at the top of the page to see what is happening to prepare for church re-opening and the worship timetable from 6th September to Advent Sunday 2020.
STATEMENT ON THE PARISHES' RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT'S REQUEST FOR CHURCHES TO REOPEN (updated - 2nd July 2020)
The Churches across the Old Hills Malvern Parishes are considering how best to respond and offer our communities access to church buildings for worship and prayer, including funeral services and weddings. As you will appreciate, all churches have remained closed for the last four months in solidarity the the lock down requirements to control the COVID19 infection. Opening is not as easy as closing.
Each church will require a "risk assessment" planned around before any reopening. We may phase reopening of the four churches once the churches have been assessed, cleaned and suitable stocks of sanitiser and cleaning products have been sourced. Our church volunteers are largely in the shielding age groups and as volunteers they have a choice whether they would like to go in to set up the churches for everyone or not.
It is my intention to reopen the church for Sunday Worship on SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER assuming the risk assessment process is in place and government and church regulations allow for it. Service times and venues will be promoted on this website, in parish magazines (The Old Hills Malvern Headlines, Powick Parish News and The Grapevine) , and on social media
Likewise, making the church available for limited (in size and extent) funeral services to support graveyard committals is being assessed. Further details will be shared with families and their undertakers once determined.
PLEASE contact The Vicarage on 830270 or use the vicar's email or Contact Us page with your prayer needs or requests.
PLEASE Do not visit the vicarage - contact rev Gary in the first instance by phone.
STATEMENT ON PARISH FUNERAL PROVISIONS
I simply want to assure you all that Your Church, even though it is closed for public worship, will be there for you if you need it. 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.
CHURCH LIFE BEYOND COVID QUESTIONNAIRE
Rev Gary would really like your thoughts on how you see church life following the pandemic. Please take some time to fill in the questionnaire which can be found here.
OLD HILLS' HEADLINES - A LINK TO YOUR CHURCHES
A new weekly news sheet for the congregations of our four churches during the Coronavirus crisis.
Please see On Line Worship Resources for the current edition.
If you want to subscribe, please contact The Vicarage on 830270 or use the Contact Us page on this website.
Rev Gary's Pastoral Letter is on the Vicar's Blog page
ON LINE WORSHIP RESOURCES
EACH SUNDAY - the parishes gather for on line worship via ZOOM at 10.30am for approx 35mins. Contact Rev Gary should you wish to join in.
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:
NEW ON LINE WORSHIP ( from Home page, access via On Line Worship Tab)
Funeral Reflection for those that cannot attend a funeral because of the COVID19 restrictions
Bible studies for Lock down - A study into the Mission of Paul
Bible and Faith development - Prayer and Lectio Divina
Praying with the Beatitudes
A new Morning Prayer in the Celtic Tradition
Patronal service for St Peter
PARISH MAGAZINE UPDATES
JULY 2020 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. . A short print run of copies for collection has been ordered. Collect your copy from the following outlets:
Powick - Murco Petrol Station, The Phonebox near Cross House/Red Lion (access limited), The Phonebox near the Skoda Garage/Chinese Restaurant (Crossroads) and the Vicarage Driveway Drop Box (31 The Greenway, Colletts Green)
Callow End - Premier Convenience Store and the Phonebox (Box Hill/School junction - Upton Road - acces limited)
NO House to House distribution this month. The print run has been considerably reduced this month yet again
THE GRAPEVINE - for Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland households - an on line version is available and on line. No printed edition this time.
THIS WEEK'S PRAYER CONTRIBUTION - on the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Briain:
NOT unto us, but unto you, O Lord, do we give the praise and thanksgiving for your mercy and deliverance in time of need. Grant as we commemorate the courage and sacrifice of the few, that we may ever seek your grace to follow their example in the paths of duty and service, and that we too may accept and perform that which you have entrusted to us with the same faithfulness and valour, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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.
This Sunday in Your Church
The Church is closed to worship but we are online. Contact Rev Gary if you would like to join us - 35min of worship. Go on, you know you want to....
Fifth Sunday after Trinity Sunday - 12th July 2020
A Mystery Service.........
10.30am on Zoom - contact us for Zoom Access Link
Bring a pebble and a tea light to the service.......
Contact us for the Zoom Link codes.
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!
The Rublev Trinity Icon, created by Mercourios from the beautiful island of Mykonos has arrved!
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 or the parishes' safeguarding officer (PSO) , Mrs Kay Shaurd on 01905 830744 or 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