Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland
COVID LOCKDOWN 3 AND YOUR CHURCHES - A MESSAGE FROM REV GARY
(this message was reaffirmed by both Church Councils on the 26th/27th January 2021)
With the increased prevalence of the Covid19 infection, the Wardens and myself have agreed to suspend all gathered worship from the 10th January until further notice. Worship will be replaced by online services at 10.30am (Spiritual Communion) and 5.30pm (Evening Prayer). Check the What's On box below for confirmation as some variation happens.
This decision was not taken lightly. I have been impressed and humbled by how we have responded to the Covid challenge with our Covid security measures and risk assessment in all of our churches, including the full resumption of Holy Communion (via intinction) from Christmas Day. We managed a Covid safe wedding too, prior to Christmas, at Madresfield.
That said, with lock down, many people are having to stay indoors or will be shielding again , schools/colleges and non essential shops are closed. Life is restricted again as we battle the virus. Therefore, with such a highly contagious virus doing the rounds, surely we must, as the local church, be seen to be doing our best to restrain any opportunity to transmit the virus even if that means we cannot gather together for worship. We are the Living Stones of our Faith in Christ, our Church continues - prayer and our mission continues.
I urge you all to take the opportunity to join in with our online worship (online or via the available phone access) which will include hymns as often as I can (for you to join in with at home). I will be reviewing our building access for worship or prayer with the Wardens (etc) as Government or Church advice develops. I will also be thinking of ways that we can pastorally support one another over lock down with a virtual coffee morning and Lent group. In the meantime, I am asking those that have taken a specific responsibility to call congregational members to further and continue that support to keep in touch with the congregation. I do not want anyone to feel lonely or abandoned at this time. I will be calling on folk too. Or you could call me.
These continue to be challenging times. With the vaccination programme taking off, I hope and pray that this lock down will ease in the fullness of time and some (new) form of normality will soon and sustainably emerge and we can regroup safely and further our work and mission in these villages.
Fir further advice or news, please consider subscribing to the parishes' news sheet, Old Hills Headlines , or bookmark this website or search for the parishes and myself on Facebook, NextDoor Powick or Twitter.
Please take care, heed the advice and guidance and stay safe. Every Blessing - Rev Gary
Churches Together Malvern - National Call To Daily Prayer
Following the recent news that we have passed the terrible mile stone of
over 100,000 deaths related to Covid-19, the Archbishops of Canterbury
and York have called upon the nation to pray and reflect not only on
those who have been lost, but also and the social and economic
challenges facing the nation. In an open letter they invite us to;
“reflect on the enormity of this pandemic….each number is a person:
someone we loved and someone who loved us…….We also believe that each of
These people were known to God and cherished by God….One thing we can all
do is pray. We hope it is some consolation to know that the church prays
for the life of our nation every day”.
We are being invited to “prayer for the nation” at 6pm every day
throughout February. So in response Churches Together Malvern plan to
host a short moment of prayer and coming together on Zoom each day at
6pm led by our different churches in our town.
Should you wish to join in, this opportunity will take place on Zoom.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for the Zoom Link (no phone option at present)
Or you can set aside a time and pray through the prayers as listed on the Online Worship Tab (provided by the Church of England) - I will be doing it each evening at 6pm. Why not join me. Rev Gary
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your
hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4: 6-7
A PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCHES (Based on Acts 4:1-10)
Lord Jesus Christ, let our churches become your hands in this area, reaching people where they are at.
Let us show love and acceptance to people, making ourselves less so that you can become more.
Let your churches be your healing for the people around us.
Show us again that you area God of the miraculous, and that nothing is impossible for you.
Spread rumours around this place of the things that you are doing.
Let us be known as people who offer healing and kindness to those who need it.
Let these churches be your mouthpiece – give us the courage to stand up when challenged and to proclaim your truths. Give us the words to make the mystery of your resurrection a reality in people’s hearts and minds. In Jesus’ name.
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 - videos on the Epiphany and Christingle. Coming soon - What is Lent all about? Two new videos for our schools regarding Lent have recently been uploaded.
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.
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 - look for the Links tab on the green bar at the top of this page. There will not be any distribution of magazines during Lockdown3.
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 on line version can be accessed on the Guarlford Parish and this website.
NOTE - DURING LOCKDOWN3, PUBLISHED MAGAZINES WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED. MAGAZINES WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE INSTEAD AND CAN BE PRINTED OFF FROM THERE.
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......
For up to date news about Powick Church remedial works please go to the 'Your Churches' tab at the top of the page.
Public Consultation has opened from the 10th February for 28 days
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.
During Lock down
NO GATHERED SERVICES IN CHURCH UNTIL FURTHER ADVISED . NORMALLY THERE IS A ZOOM SERVICE AT 10.30am. AND 5.30pm. EACH SUNDAY
Sunday 21st February 2021
Lenten Holy Communion at 10.30am
Evening Prayer will take place on Zoom at 5.30pm
Contact us for Zoom links or dialling codes
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
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN MALVERN PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE PANDEMIC - 6pm nightly throughout the whole of February. Contact us for access codes (Zoom video only)
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