Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland
OUR CHURCHES ARE NOW OPEN FOR WORSHIP
Each church will be open once a fortnight for Worship (EXCEPT AUGUST 2021) . Please see below for the services planned for this Sunday coming.
Additionally, a Zoom based service of Evening Prayer may happen each Sunday at 5.30pm - check below for details
Compline (Night Prayer or another seasonal service) across the Old Hills Churches happens each Thursday (where indicated) at 8.30pm
FROM MONDAY 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
Singing will return to Sunday Worship from Sunday 29th August 2021
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
MEET YOUR CHURCH WARDENS:
Powick Parish - Janet Chill and Amy Dunn
GMN (Madresfield only) - Christopher Bennett and Elizabeth Palmer (Guarlford remains vacant)
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.
Give us This Day our Daily Bread - Malvern Hills Food Bank Collections
Pop Up collections for the Foodbank will return in the autumn. In the meanwhile. please support via other drop off points (supermarkets, etc)
New Wine online in Malvern (Thursday 29th July – Tuesday 3rd August)
The New Wine festival this year is fully online because of COVID, and St Andrew’s & All Saints will be showing the morning (11am) and evening (7pm) sessions at either St Andrew’s or All Saints each day, and invite anyone from Malvern to come along and join in. We’ll watch the sessions (and sing along!) and after the talk have our own time of prayer ministry. We also have a New Wine Festival for kids each morning for any children who might want to come while their parents watch the adult session – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to book children in. More details can be found here: www.standrewsandallsaints.org/new-wine-from-home-2021/ and if would be really helpful if you could email us (email@example.com) to let us know you are coming to the main sessions. We’d love to have you join us!
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.
These will resume in September as an online resource only. If you need a copyt, please contact The Vicarage or ask a friend to print them off for you.
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.
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
Old Hills 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.
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.
SERVICES IN CHURCH DURING AUGUST 2021
Sunday 1st August 11am. Holy Communion at Powick
Sunday 8th August 11am. Morning Worship at Powick
Sunday 15th August 11am. Holy Communion - Feast Day of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - at Madresfield
(thank you to Rev Canon Peter Nokes and Peter Buchannan for covering the above services)
Sunday 22nd August - 9.30am. Holy Communion at Callow End
Sunday 29th August 5pm - Songs of Praise for a Summer Sunday - at CALLOW END PLAYING FIELD
PLEASE NOTE ALL EVENING ZOOM WORSHIP WILL CEASE FROM SUNDAY 25th JULY UNTIL THE 1st SEPTEMBER 2021
Wildflowers at St Mary's, Madresfield
in the summer sun
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