Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland
A PRAYER FOR THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION
Merciful God, we pray for the many people who have contracted the coronavirus all over the world, and those being affected by it close to us.. Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones have died and peace to those worried, fearful and uncertain as the virus spreads. We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus and those in the health services who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients. Amen
HOLY WEEK DAILY PRAYER
A Prayer for Maundy Thursday - the day that Jesus gave us Holy Communion - the night that he was betrayed.
Fistly, a special prayer for today (The Collect)
God our Father, you have invited us to share in the supper
which your Son gave to his Church to proclaim his death
until he comes: may he nourish us by his presence, and
unite us in his love;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Some prayers for Maundy Thursday:
In the power of the Spirit let us pray to the Father through Christ the saviour of the world.
Father, on this, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet.
We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service.
Lord, hear us and humble us.
On this night, he prayed for his disciples to be one. We pray for the unity of your Church.
Lord, hear us and unite us.
On this night, he prayed for those who were to believe through his disciples’ message.
We pray for the mission of your Church.
Lord, hear us and renew our zeal.
On this night, he commanded his disciples to love, but suffered rejection himself.
We pray for the rejected and unloved.
Lord, hear us and fill us with your love.
On this night, he reminded his disciples that if the world hated them it hated him first.
We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith.
Lord, hear us and give us your peace.
On this night, he accepted the cup of death and looked forward to the new wine of the kingdom.
We remember those who have died in the peace of Christ.
Lord, hear us and welcome all your children into paradise. Amen
A Prayer for Holy Week
Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
CESSATION OF PRIVATE PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CHURCHES (posted 23rd March 2020)
Further to the Prime Minister's announcement regarding further suspension of social gathering opportunities, the opening of our churches for private prayer will be suspended for the foreseeable future.
PLEASE contact The Vicarage on 830270 or use the vicar's email or Contact Us page with your prayer needs or requests. Remember Rev Gary is paid to pray.....
PLEASE Do not visit the vicarage - contact rev Gary in the first instance by phone.
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.
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:
NEW ON LINE WORSHIP ( from Home page, access via On Line Worship Tab) - Release Friday 3rd April 2020
NEW NEW NEW - Sensing the Passion - a multisensory approach to Holy week and onwards to Easter. Download your copy to work through from this website.
New resources uploaded this week, for Palm Sunday and Holy Week:
- A Palm Sunday Service (which we planned to use on Sunday 5th April) but now we have to do ourselves, presumably without a donkey.
- Last Year's service for Maundy Thursday including extras for The Watch. Use this in conjunction with Night Prayer
- A Noon Day Prayer Service - for each midday of the crisis - say it together with our friends across Greater Malvern
- Resources for Good Friday - more to follow
PARISH MAGAZINE UPDATES
APRIL/MAY GUARLFORD & MADRESFIELD WITH NEWLAND PARISH MAGAZINE - "The Grapevine"
This will not be distributed to households across the parish because of COVID19. Copies can be collected from the phone boxes in Madresfield and Guarlford (opposite the church) and from the porch way of the Beauchamp Community (for Newland residents).
The Powick Parish Magazine is currently available to view via the 'links' tab at the top of the page.
It is being made available on line as a community asset as we are unable to distribute the magazine at present.
THIS WEEK'S PRAYER CONTRIBUTION
God of compassionate presence, build in us, we pray, the capacity to cope, in illness, in pain, in heartbreak, in uncertainty.
Help us to become aware of The Christ in our midst. Be in the heart of each to whom we speak, and in the mouth of each who speaks to us.
May your Spirit teach us patience, grant us courage, dare us to dream, of future filled with healing and hope, where all would look to you.
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 - miht 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 book Your Church for a wedding, baptism or a funeral, We hope you will consider contacting us after reviewing the information and pictures on this new website. Or better still. Why not join us for worship and see for yourself?
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.
This Sunday in Your Church
Sunday 5th April 2020
This is most definitely a different way to mark the start of Holy Week. Palm Sunday - no palm crosses? Fear not - I have placed one on each front door of our churches and there is now a stock in the phone boxes at Powick, Callow End, Madresfield and the notice board at Guarlford too. A few are in the Vicarage white box on the drive if you are lucky. Feel free to use your exercise time to collect one - first come, first served!
Today, Palm Sunday, Christians should be Cheering in joyful anticipation. It’s what we do on Palm Sunday. And we do it so well in these parishes - normally meeting at Madresfield Early Years Centre, processing up to Madresfield Church following Chris & Alice’s pony. We brave the traffic, carrying palms. The Living Stones of our Churches singing out as we walk. Not many people tend to see us do it, but we do it all the same.
Different times indeed - no procession this year. No pony. No singing (unless you want to, I have given you the words of ‘All glory, laud and honour’ in the order of service for today- good luck!).
We are silent in our homes. Not a gathered church. Our streets are empty, our five villages have fallen silent.
But we should mark the start of Holy Week in some way. If we are all hunkered down in our homes or on our sick bed, how do we acknowledge Jesus as Christ our King if we cannot sing out or wave a palm? Well - we can and we must. So go on then..... Hosanna in the Highest!
(read Rev Gary's homily for Palm Sunday in full via the On Line Resources Tab)
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