THE PCC MEETING
3RD JULY 2019
We welcomed Anne Wakefield and Christine Thomas to their first
The restored organ is safely back in the gallery. The Bishop
of Worcester is coming to bless it during the morning service on the 13th
October, when Eric will create a suitable liturgy for the occasion.
Frank spoke about the Benedictine Way. The 2020 Malvern
Walking Festival are celebrating the many local Benedictine foundations with a
route that will take in Mucknell Abbey, Pershore Abbey, Tewkesbury Abbey,
Deerhurst, Little Malvern Priory, St Wulstan's, Great Malvern Priory and
Worcester Cathedral. The walkers will be visiting the Little Priory on the
28th May and we shall provide sustenance.
The Parish Profile will be finished soon (incorporating the
final comments which were received) and circulated to the PCC.
We are looking into the nationally much-discussed possibility
of a contactless card reader donation system to encourage visitors to donate
when they visit.
We are very grateful to Roger and Sue Johnson for their
organisation of the uplifting and lucrative concert giv-en by the Jazz wind
band from Catalonia. Next there will be something completely different; an a
cappel-la group of nine singers from St Petersburg is giving a concert on
Friday the 11th October. The programme will be half sacred music and half
Our next PCC meeting is on 3rd October. We invite you to talk
to the members of the PCC if you have ques-tions or comments.
The PCC members are Bob Steele, Ken Anstiss, Alex Berington,
Anne Whitty, Anne Wakefield, Christine Thomas and your three wardens - Frank,
Malcolm and Alison.
Next year -2020-
the Malvern Walking Festival is going to put the 120 kilometre walk round the
Benedictine Foundations in South Worcestershire at the centre of its Festival
Mucknell Abbey, the group will go to Pershore Abbey then to Tewkesbury, in
Gloucestershire via the Benedictine tithe barn in Bredon. Crossing the Severn
by ferry, the walkers reach out to Little Malvern Priory by way of Deerhurst.
They then proceed in short order to St. Wulstan’s Church, then Great Malvern
Priory and complete their six day exuberance in Worcester Cathedral at 4.00pm
on the last Friday in May 2020.
There is an
immense amount of staff work to do in creating a viable and legal route
through the wonderful countryside delineated by this Ring. All will be carried
out by Festival staff . There will be thousands of splendid colour brochures
printed which will send the idea of the Benedictine Way around the country.
The map of the route will be given to Little Malvern Priory since it is
expected that a permanent pilgrimage route will follow on from this initial
adventure and pilgrims will pay a small fee for each to help the Festival in
its future work.
The idea of a
pilgrim route, “St Wulstan’s Progress”, comes from the monks of Mucknell
Abbey. In 1985, 1910 people made the pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostella in
Spain; in 2018 this rose to 492,000. There is
market in England for disciplined tourism of this scale and it may be expected
pilgrimage will attract 20,000 visitors over a ten year term. We understand
that the Abbot and the Bishop are keen on this Benedictine emphasis. The
Benedictines have been a recognised Christian order since the death of St
Benedict in 547. They are not the largest order but their interpretation of
the practical consequences of biblical theology is simple and robust. There
are four pillars on which their
wisdom is based:
The Rule of St
Benedict includes many customs and traditions, such as:
forms of prayer;
These combine to
enable a peaceful life allowing the monastics to focus on God. It has been
suggested by the organisers of the Walking Festival that participants be
provided with these sorts of insights for each day of their future walk so
that the weight of physical endeavour is balanced by a lightness of spirit.
The war-dens of Little Malvern Priory and the monks of Mucknell Abbey will be
preparing these disciplines during Au-gust 2019. We understand that the
Benedictine Way section of the Walking Festival has already sold out even
before the official publication of the programme.
“The wonder of
the beauty and
the power, the shapes
of things, their
colours., lights, & shades,
these I saw.
Look ye also while life lasts.”
& wildlife artist
After the sunlit
skies of dry spring, much of June has given us a real soaking with weeks of
low pressure causing flooding in some parts. With few insects about, birds
have struggled to find enough food for their young. Providing extra food on
bird tables has ben a life-saver – well done all of you for making a
The energy of
spring is now dying and at last we can hopefully look forward to some more
sum-mery weather. July brings a fading away of the birdsong which we have
become so used to. The blackbird with its flute-like song and the song thrush
with its exquisite repeated notes, will now generally fall silent until next
February, only occasionally singing before Christmas. Wrens are probably the
only exception with their song bursting out from the undergrowth throughout
On the Hills the
pink rosebay willowherb is making a show. It has long willow-like leaves and
is popular with walkers. The plant used to be quite rare and had a special
mention in books on the flora of the area.
Many of our
favourite migrants have been over in smaller numbers, particularly swifts,
willow warblers and whitethroats. Bad weather on their journey up has probably
made a significant difference to their numbers. Kids, whatever the weather,
it's time to start making friends with birds and learning about them as we
move into summer.
download our app to help get birdsong into the charts for the
first time and show your passion for nature’s recovery
PRAYER FOR THE
Please pray for
all those who are visiting Malvern during this holiday period and vis-iting
the Tourist Information Centre and coming into the Well.
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FROM 7.00, START
COME AS A TEAM
OF 4 OR JUST TURN UP
AND WE’LL MAKE
A TEAM ON THE EVENING
ON GOING TO
Some go to church
just for a walk
Some go there to
laugh and talk
Some go there for
Some go there for
Some go there to
meet a lover
Some the impulse
Some go there to
meet a friend
Some go there the
time to spend
Some go there to
learn the Vicar’s name
Some go there to
mock his fame
Many go there to
doze and nod
But few go there
to worship God.
Submitted by a member of the congregation
‘It made me a
citizen of the cosmos’
I WAS 19 in July
1969, when the first men walked on the Moon. As I look back, I remember it as
if we stood at the threshold of a new era in history. I echoed Wordsworth:
“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive.”
But my clearest
memory is not the day of the Moon walk itself. We didn’t have a TV; so I
followed it on the radio and in the papers (which made it an oddly aural and
literary experience, while it was the video footage that everyone else was
talking about). What I recall as if it were yesterday is walking along a
north-London street one evening. The full moon hung in the darkening sky. My
companion nudged me and pointed to it. “Isn’t it amazing that we have
walked there?” he said. I distinctly remember the pronoun. We, not other
people. This was about us.
I gazed up with
a kind of religious awe, experiencing a youthful version of what Freud calls
“that vast oceanic feeling”. I echoed the psalmist’s ecstasy at the
sight of the starry skies above: “O Lord our Sovereign, how majestic is your
name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8.1).
I KNOW exactly
where I was. I was a grass widower in rural Bengal. It was the hottest of the
hot weather and the rains were late, but in the hills, where, for six weeks,
my wife and small daugh-ter has been sharing the hospitality of the
Mennonites, an unusually heavy monsoon had brought down vital roads, houses,
and telegraph lines.
I was working as
the Leprosy Mission’s education secretary for India, busy writing, printing,
and distributing the annual report and materials for Leprosy Sunday, which
went to all the Indian churches with which the Mission had contact. I was
travelling, preaching in Hindi and in English, as well as organising the
distribution of clothing and blankets sent from the UK and New Zealand.
I was also
doubling as temporary acting superintendent of the hospital while the splendid
superin-tendent, who had been brought out of retirement for the job, took a
break. At the time, the posi-tion of missionaries was precarious, the future
completely unknown. After preaching in Delhi Ca-thedral, I was hoping to join
the family for a couple of weeks, having already missed my daugh-ter’s
So, when I was
told by a rather excited American missionary that they “they” had landed a
man on the Moon, I was somewhat underwhelmed. It seemed bewilderingly
irrelevant. “Whatever for?” was the first thought that came unbidden into
my mind. Then I wondered at the immense cost which must have been incurred,
just a fraction of which would have dealt such a blow against leprosy, which,
despite massive advances in treatment, was still on the increase.
PRIORY & LITTLE MALVERN COURT GARDENS OPEN DAY
MAY 6TH 2019
been expressed regarding the weather for our Open Day but we were blessed with
a dry if cloudy afternoon.
number were slightly down on the pervious year but still very good with over
300 being rec-orded.
The gardens of
the Court looked beautiful and were very much appreciated by the visitors and
‘staff'. The tasty cakes on the Teas tables, the pretty array of flowering
greenery on the Plant stall, the wide selection on the Book stall and the Card
stall all contributed to the success of the event. Many compli-ments were also
made about the flower displays within the church, and the atmospheric sound of
the organ music all added to the feeling of tranquillity.
of the event wish to express there sincere thanks to all those who helped in
any way to make this annual occasion so successful.
raised for the Friends of Little Malvern Priory.
Prue and Roger
THE BISHOP’S CERTIFICATE
This past year I and four others in Malvern have been studying
the Bishop’s Certificate course. The sessions took place in Saint Peter’s
church ,North Malvern on Thursday evenings. We were taken on a journey through
the Old Testament and on into the New. Very lively discussions took place
during these meetings .Our knowledge of the background to many of the Bib-lical
stories was explored in great detail and our understanding of events greatly
enhanced. We also explored different types of Christian worship and compared
them with non Christian faiths.
Each week we took it in turns to prepare a short act of
worship which we could use to express whatever we thought appropri-ate for the
topic of the evening. We also had to read often long and complicated passages
of scripture to the rest of the group . This was very challenging for me as I
shy away from reading and leading others in worship. It was also good for me
as I gained much in confidence from the experience. It was very interesting to
see how the others tackled the same problems and came up with very varied acts
of worship. As a group we melded together and formed a great fellowship which
is still continuing .
Our three tutors were excellent. All being specialists in
different aspects of the Bible. Each brought a different aspect o help-ing to
discern several meanings of the same passages from each one of them.
The course covered too much to go into it all but if you feel
inspired look out for the date of the next course.
Age is no bar I was, and still am, at least 20 years older
than my fellow students !!!! Valerie
THE STAGES OF
and music to celebrate the journey of life
from childhood to
South-east facing, clothing a gentle slope
A home to those who seek,
A haven from the earthly world of sweat and toil.
Apple resting low whilst pear aims high,
The best fruit always out
Red Admiral, wasp and
Late summer drunk from
fruit’s sweetest wine
Are all around.
In winter snow , black boughed
As wandering Field-Fare
call to find,
Kind Autumn’s gift.
Old taffy ,Yet perplexed and sadly still,
Imprisoned and aware that once,
He could have cleared this wall,
And suffered surfeit’s pain
Since then at fruiting time
This orchard home is his no more,
And sparse adjacent stubble
Hones his aging hooves..
The orchard at
Low-Mills farm was a magical place. We climbed the trees, made dens and
overdosed on Victoria plumb and greengages. Taffy was an ancient pony, barred
from grazing the orchard at fruiting time, overdosing on ripe fruit would have
made him very ill!
CALLING ALL ROTA
Our church is
heavily dependent upon everyone sharing the load. So we have a rota for this and
a rota for that. If there isn't a rota then we have lists for people to
volunteer to help. This is an appeal to all of you who are on a rota (that is
probably all of you). For everyone, there is always a time when a duty clashes
with some other activity. Please would you kindly NOT ask a churchwarden to sort
it out? Would you kindly take responsibility yourself and sort out a swap with
someone else? Yes, emergencies can arise when you need to attend to something
else at very short notice and the churchwardens are always sympathetic to such
an occasion and will help. But it is far better if you deal with it yourself
particularly as you are probably the one who has caused the difficulty. Once you
have carried out a swap then please let a church-warden know what is happening.
If you need to find someone to carry out a reading then please let me know as
well. I may need to change the reading that is set and therefore have to
con-tact whoever is reading.
I take this
opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of you. Without you sharing the ministry of
the church it wouldn't happen! Eric
11.00 am. Harvest Thanksgiving
Very Revd N Groarke (Archdeacon of Dudley),
7.00 pm Concert by the Resurrection Choir of St. Petersburg,
The choir was
founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg and since then has been performing in the UK,
France, Austria, Germany and Italy. There are 9 female and male vocalists in the
choir – some of the best current students and graduates from Music
Conservatory of St. Petersburg.
11.00 am Dedication of the Organ by the Bishop of Worcester the Rt Revd Dr John
Inge. This will be a special service in place of Matins.
Autumn (Spring) Clean
10.45 Remembrance Sunday
Please note the
time for the service. This will allow us to hold the 2 mins silence at 11.00 am.
Advent Service (Please note this will not be a Service of Holy Communion)
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm.
Singing at Welland Village Hall. Please look out some appropriate items for
and even sketches are all acceptable.
Bring family and
friends and also a “Bring and Share” offering.
11.00 Family Communion
11.30 pm Midnight Communion (CW)
will be candlelit so please bring a small torch.
8.00 am Holy Communion (CW)
Christmas Service (Family Service ~ everyone welcome)
12.00 noon Holy
11.00 am Holy Communion (BCP)
6.00 pm Festival
of Nine Lessons & Carols. This will be candlelit so please bring a
EVENTS NOT YET
RATIFIED BY THE PCC
Concert by Linda Tolchard
Organ service following the programme used for its first dedication;
THESE BEFORE COMING TO THE SERVICE IF POSSIBLE
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