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 

 

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 

Pop Up collections for the Foodbank will return in the autumn.  In the meanwhile. please support via other drop off points (supermarkets, Shop at the Top (Callow End) etc) .  Our attention is soom returning to Shoeboxes.......

Our Harvest Collection was for the Malvern Hills Foodbank and Mission Morogoro -  St Elizabeth's Church, Tunguli

Our harvest collections took place across our four church harvest services and in conjunction with our three church schools. Although attendance at the services was unexpectedly low,  we collected over 277 kilo's of food and toiletries for the Malvern Hills Foodbank.   A great CATCH. Here is how we did it:

Callow End School - 45.46kg Callow End Church - 20.62kg

Powick School - 95.55kg Powick Church - 44.46kg

Madresfield School - 46.00kg Madresfield Church - 8.96kg

Guarlford Church - 16.48kg

All the food products have now been delivered to the Malvern Hills Foodbank for distribution to those that need our help. THANK YOU!

 

THE RETURN OF THE SHOE BOXES!

Our attention now turns to the return of the Annual Shoe Box collection for Christmas - working with Teams4U,  a Wrexham based charity,  we hope that individuals,  families, Clubs, Schools,  WI's and the Scouts and Guides will help to recover the lost time of the last couple of years and make this collection a pre Christmas activity for us all to enjoy -  and to send our love and gifts to someone in Eastern Europe.  Closing date is (for schools/Scouts/Guides -  19th November -  all other collections -  26tth November. 

For further details -  collect a leaflet from the drop box at The Vicarage (from 1st November) or look up www.teams4u.com

 

Discipleship?  where is Christ calling YOU to be? 

The Malvern and Upton Deanery Bishop's Certificate Course will be running on Tuesday evenings, starting on 28th September at 7.00pm at Church of the Ascension, Malvern Link. All the details can be found by clicking here.

 

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 

 

 

Annual Reports for 2020

 

Please click here to see the Annual Report for the Old Hills Malvern Benefice.

Please click here for the Powick PCC financial report for 2020.

Please click here for the GMN PCC financial report for 2020

Please click here to see the Safeguarding Report for the Old Hills Malvern Benefice.

 

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.  For those interested in the Harvest,  our latest video features the Vica lost in the Maize and some great videos from Tunguli on how peas and maize are harvested. 

 

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.....

 

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 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.   A printed version is available via subscription (c£5pa) - 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 for Sunday 24th October 2021

10.30am (note different time)

Do Prisons work?  A Cafe Church at Callow End  

with the Anglican Chaplain from HMP Long Lartin

 

NO EVENING ZOOM SERVICE on 24th OCTOBER

NO COMPLINE ON THURSDAY 28th OCTOBER

FOR SERVICES ON THE 31st OCTOBER, See ----> 

 

 

REALLY Looking Ahead

There will be Remembrance Services at all four churches on Remembrance Sunday,14th November 2021):

Guarlford 9.30am

Powick+ 10.45am

Madresfield 10.45am

Callow End+ 3.00pm

+denotes parade with the Royal British Legion

New drone shots of  our churches are coming through and  are supplied by courtesy of Mike Glyde MRPS.  Here is St Mary's Guarlford.

 

 

 

 

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