Parish News

A Medal for Scarlett

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On Wednesday 5th June Scarlett received her Royal School of Church Music medal at pale blue level. Peter Johnson, musical director for our Church Choirs, presented the award.

Es Hoyle, who leads the children’s choir, said ‘Scarlett has been coming to the Youth Choir since it started over three years ago. She has worked hard to gain this medal, which requires a broad understanding of music and musicality, as well as vocal and choral skills. She has done so well and we are proud of her achievements’.

The choir practice is held at St Matthias Church on Wednesdays 6:15 -7.

Contact Es for more details on es@mlwc.church

 

Congratulations to the DMC

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Exciting news from the Malvern Water and Well Dressing Festival this weekend!

The Dementia Meeting Centre’s beautiful well dressing entry, in line with this year’s theme of “Trees,” won a well-deserved silver award. The annual festival, held from 4th to 12th May 2024, celebrates Malvern’s fascinating history, including its famous spring water, the Victorian Water Cure.

With over 50 wells and spouts creatively decorated by residents, local businesses, and community groups, the festival showcases the talent and spirit of the Malvern community. It’s inspiring to see the Dementia Meeting Centre’s commitment to the local area and the arts through their participation in this fabulous event.

 

Easter in our Three Churches

Our Palm Sunday Procession

Photographs by Ian Thwaites

March was a busy month in the church calendar and the two weeks leading up to Easter this year were full of activities in all our church schools within MLWC Parish. Ness, as our schools co-ordinator and Chaplin was joined by volunteers from within the parish to lead ‘Experience Lent’ – workshop style sessions run at St Matthias and St Peter’s churches. All the children at St Mathias and Northleigh Primary Schools learnt about Lent, the connection to Easter and hot-cross buns. This was a great week for the children and the feedback from the schools was very positive.

 Most services this year were held in The Ascension Church, although we began Palm Sunday at St Peter’s with a short service and a procession with our beautiful silver cross and large palm’s, down the hill to The Ascension Church. Using modern technology everyone in the church could watch the small service and procession. It was a lovely way of linking the two congregations together.

 Stations of the Cross on the Monday evening was not simply a reflection on the journey to the cross, but members of the congregation took part and enacted the gospel reading, making it feel very relevant to today.

 A new thought-provoking workshop was led by the Revd. Dr. Alastair McKay on Interactive reflections of ‘Christ Carrying the Cross,’ an artwork from the National Gallery (Italian, Venetian, about 1500.)

 On Good Friday there was a ‘Walk of Witness’ where churches members walked from their churches and gathered together in Great Malvern Priory for a service of ‘Unity.’ The grounds were full with people, and banners from all Christian churches across Malvern.

 Our gentle Taize service was conducted twice in Holy Week. Especially poignant was the Maundy Thursday Eucharist, followed by The Watch, interspersed with Taize worship, leaving only the candles on the Altar to be a light in the darkness.

 Easter Sunday in St Matthias Church was a very happy event with lots of families and the children taking part in the service. It was indeed a lovely celebration and a wonderful way to recognise the Risen Lord, fellowship within the church and a season of new beginnings.

 During the Easter holidays, Ness and Sarah organised an Easter ‘Family Craft Workshop’. This was free event, open to all families, some of whom already attend the Thursday Family Club. This event saw local families making wonderful Easter crafts and having a lovely few hours together. One of our regular Ukrainian families brought us a traditional sweet bread, representing the Holy Trinity, and painted hard boiled eggs that children throw at each other.  It was very special to share and learn about this Ukrainian tradition.

RNLI visit to the DMC

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Thank you to those who attended the DMC run RNLI event on Tuesday. Anthony Gerrard delivered a fascinating and moving account of this charity’s incredible work and forward thinking philosophy over the last 200 years. He wrote to say how welcome he felt and to thank you all for your donations which raised £127.60 towards their vital work. Meeting centre members were delighted to see the room so full of friendly faces. 

 

Congratulations to Cyrus

Well done to Cyrus, who collected his white Royal School of Church Music medal at St Matthias Church this morning (4th Febuary).

He has studied for this at Malvern Link Youth Choir.

His medal was presented by the Rev. Sue during the morning service where Cyrus had sung the Gospel Alleliua solo.

 

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