Old Hills Malvern - Parishes of Powick, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland
Churches resume Worship from Sunday 6th September
All four churches across the two parishes will resume worship on Sundays from the 6th September. See our calendar for service times and venues. Each church in the group will have a service once a fortnight.
Each church as a set seating capacity which was calculated in accordance with the Church of England COVID risk assessment process. Although advance booking is not necessary (at the moment), you need to be aware that seating numbers are limited and will not be modified until Government or Church regulation changes. The declared seating capacities are:
Callow End - 12. Powick - 30. Madresfield- 20. Guarlford- 20
Maximum party size is 6 people from the same household/bubble. If you are planning to attend church to hear Banns etc, please call The Vicar on 01905 830270 to discuss your options
A new Sunday evening service, at 5.30pm for 30mins, will operate via Zoom from Sunday 13th September 2020. Contact Rev Gary for access details. This may be attractive to those that may not be able to attend church for whatever reason for the morning service.
Church services will also resume for baptisms, weddings (where legally possible) and funeral services from this date. Again, contact us for further details. There will be restrictions on what we can do, and how many people can gather. Social distancing will be observed and we will abide by our agreed Risk Assessment which will be posted on line before we reopen.
Face coverings must be worn in church. Stock up on yours now and don't forget to bring them to church.
It will be good to worship with you again - in person!
All Souls Memorial Services
This year has been so difficult for so many families across these villages. Whether you used your church or not for funeral arrangements, I do hope that the following opportunities to give thanks and remember will be of use to you as we enter a short season of Memorial And Remembrance. Join us on Sunday 1st November to remember and give thanks for anyone that has died during the pandemic or before:
Church opening for Private Prayer and Candle lighting - St Peter's Church in Powick will be open between 2-4pm on the1st November for this. Access will be controlled because of our COVID situation
An On Line service of Memorial for All Souls will take place on the evening of the 1st November. You will need to Contact Us to register for this Zoom Video service. This service is open to those with a funeral connection with villages of Powick, Callow End, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland and is by invitation.
Memorial Garden at St Mary's Church , Madresfield Village. Small memorial crosses can be obtained from the Vicar for your inscription. These will be placed in the garden area of Madresfield Church and remain there for the month of November. Apply to the vicar in good time. This is open to all who have had a bereavement during the pandemic pr wish to remember someone dear. You do not have needed to use the Church for your service to do this. This is a community garden of memory, in one of Your Churches. It will be visible from the main road . I hope it takes shape and gives support to those in need at this time. (note - is this a temporary memorial garden for one month).
Annual Parochial Church Meetings
Powick Parish will be having their APCM at St Peter's, Powick on Sunday 18th October. It will be part of the Sunday worship which starts at 11am. To see a copy of the 2019 Annual Report please click here. Please click here for the 2019 Accounts. Please click here for the Notice of APCM and click here for the Notice for a Meeting for the Election of Churchwardens.
Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland Parishes will be having their APCM at St Mary's, Madresfield on Sunday 25th October. It will be part of the Sunday Worship which starts at 11am. To see a copy of the 2019 Annual Report please click here. Please click here for the 2019 accounts. Please click here for the Notice of APCM. Click here for the notice for a Meeting for the Election of Churchwardens at Guarlford and here for Madresfield.
Please click here to see the agenda for both annual meetings.
Tearfund's Big Quiz Night 2020
You are invited to join in a quiz like no other, hosted by Great Malvern Priory. Click here for more details.
There are a number of mission critical VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES coming up across the Old Hills Malvern Parishes. Click here for more details.
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. =Here are two prayers for you to use in the coming week:
Creator God at this the end of the Week of Prayer for World Peace we give you thanks for the way that people of many faiths have prayed together with a common aim. We pray for the Peace of the World, raising before you the countless places and populations who have never enjoyed the peace which we so often take for granted. Jesus said “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be known as the Children of God “ and with this in mind focus world leaders to strive for peace not only internationally but also within their own countries. May peace begin with us, in our homes, with our families and friends as we strive to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer
Father God, your word promises all the material things that we need to live but we find it hard to trust. We pray now for all those who struggle with the burden of personal debt: for those too frightened to face the problem, for couples who cannot talk about it, for children who cannot understand but live with the worry. We pray also for those who are consumed by money worries, anxious about jobs or homes or the future; those who feel they have lost control of money and cannot cope. We pray for Chris and all those working at the Malvern Debt Centre as part of Christians Against Poverty.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer
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 effective from the 6th September across 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 accomplement 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 news sheet - Old Hills Malvern Headlines- has been produced. With church reopening, Rev Gary is considering how best to continue with such a bulletin given the reduced frequency of services in each church and the success of social media and the website for reaching out and communicating. It is accepted that a number of parishioners do not use the internet but it is used by the majority. More details anon.
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. As well as the recently introduced Worship for the Self Isolating, please consider using the following:
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. See what the last six months have meant to a few members of our community.
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.
THE GRAPEVINE - for Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland households - an on line version is available and a printed edition will be distributed where and when we can from the end of July. Look for the Links tab on the green bar at the top of this page.
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
Mass for Hard Times - Welcome back to worship!
18th October 2020
9.30am Guarlford Church - Harvest Communion (deferred from 4th October)
11.00am Powick Church - Service of Communion and Thanksgiving - Annual Parish Meeting and Elections.
5.30pm Fruits of the Spirit An Evening Prayer on Zoom
(contact The Vicar for the Zoom Access Codes required for this service)
Please go to the Online Worship tab to see intercessions for the week ahead
NIGHT PRAYER Every Thursday night at 8.30pm - but check calendar for any changes
Our Churches are developing a Hybrid Church approach to worship and prayer - physically gathered in each church once a fortnight. and on line via Zoom. Join us.
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!
Our doors are open - come inside.
As our churches gradually reopen for worship, lets remember our friends at St Elizabeth's Church in Tunguli, Morogoro, Tanzania. Our Cafe Church with Mission Morogoro before lockdown, and other fundraising by your parishes, has now equipped St Elizabeth's with....Doors....to help with their rebuilding after the floods in 2016 - and theirs are open too. (Photo from Mission Morogoro/Revd Canon John Green)
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