We are an Inclusive Church
a growing energetic Community
Child & family
WELCOME TO MALVERN LINK WITH COWLEIGH (MLWC)
Church in Malvern with both church-based and online services.
Hello – we’re here for everyone
Welcome to church in Malvern Link, Worcestershire. We’ve long believed in doing church differently and offer you a choice of worship styles to encourage and inspire you for the week ahead. We have catholic roots, but in recent years have branched out to embracing a range of ways of building our church community, including our 11.15 Contemporary Worship Service. Inclusion is at the heart of what we are about, whatever our preferences and approaches to life.
We have three churches in the parish – St Matthias, The Church of The Ascension and St Peter’s Cowleigh – each with its own distinct character, history and activities. We offer different styles and types of church services, all of which are united by our focus on sharing the love of God with everybody, always.
A lot of people looking for a church ask what sort of church are we? That’s a slightly tricky question to answer as our parish is made up of a lot of different people, but here’s a list of things we think are important:
Inclusivity – We want to offer worship and activities that are open and accessible to all. We want to provide a space for everyone, regardless of physical ability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, economic means – and ways of thinking about what it means to be a follower of Christ. We are, however, perfectly aware that by trying to do this we will inevitably fail repeatedly – but we keep trying.
Multi-sensory – We want to offer worship and activities that engage all your senses, your mind and your soul. We think that we can use lots of different ways to draw closer to the divine – so we use music, visual arts, drama, dance, silence, contemplation, discussion, teaching, incense, bells, banjos, drums and so on.
Sacramental – We want to offer church worship and activities which point beyond the ordinary and everyday to something much richer and more beautiful. Our communities are centred around the Eucharist, but we also offer a wide range of other activities. We believe that the visible physical stuff of life points to the invisible and mysterious stuff of God.
This website should contain everything you need to know about who we are and what we do, but the best way is to come along (in person or virtually) and spend some time with us. We’d love you to become part of what God is doing Malvern Link and Cowleigh.
In vacancy, and open to God’s plan for us
We are now in vacancy, which means that we are going through a period of reflection and development to prepare us to listen to what plans God has for us, following Fr Phillip’s ministry with us. We will keep you posted on what happens next as soon as we know.
In the meantime, we ask that you join us in prayer about this moment in our time. Please come and join us in our journey of discovery – our doors are open. We look forward to discovering and releasing talents as we get to know each other even better. Our expectation is to share in the hope that springs from faith.
God our Father,
help us to put our trust in you
to send your chosen person
to lead us on
to where you would have us to be.
3 Churches – 1 Vision
St Matthias’ Church in the centre of Malvern Link has a strong community focus and hosts the Dementia Meeting Centre opened in 2021. It is also one of the churches which hosts a traditional Said Eucharist and a Sung Eucharist on Sundays. See individual church pages or the Services & Events page for all service details.
St Peter’s Church on Cowleigh Bank is where we hold our 11.15am Contemporary Worship service every Sunday. It also doubles as the much loved SPARC – St Peter’s Arts Church, a delightfully cozy venue for music and theatre performances. See individual church pages or the Services & Events page for all service details.
The Church of The Ascension on Somers Park Avenue, known locally as ‘Belmont Cathedral’ provides a light and serene environment for our traditional Sunday Sung Eucharist, as well as Compline. See individual church pages or the Services & Events page for all service details. It also doubles as The Ascension Centre for contemplation and reconciliation workshops.
A team of people provide collective worship
in assembly time at St Matthias and Northleigh Primary
Schools each week. Stories from the Bible come to life,
hard questions are pondered and songs sung.
It’s a fun time for all involved.
Together we can
make lives better
Church isn’t an event to attend – it’s a place to belong.
Together we can do more, be more, and endure
more when we’re walking through life together.