“I know that many of you would like to come to Great Malvern Priory on 24th June at 6.00pm for the Service of Collation, Induction and Installation when I will be made vicar of the parish. If enough are interested we will arrange a coach to take folk there and back on the Sunday. Please sign the form at the back of church if you would like to go by coach. Some people have said that they will use their own transport and spend a couple of days there. Because Great Malvern is a tourist destination, there are lots of hotels and B&Bs. The churchwardens at The Priory have sent an accommodation list of recommended places. This is at the back of church.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
Pauline Rosewell is collecting Christian novels for the library. Please contact Pauline if you have any suitable novels.
Following on from the Benefice Communion, we will join with our friends at St John’s again for the Ash Wednesday Service. This year, Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, falls on St Valentine’s Day – February 14th. The service will begin at 7 o’clock and we have decided that we will standardise this time for any mid week joint evening service. Please mark this date in your diary.
Our next Worship@5 is on Sunday 18th February at 5.00pm and Rita Corke will be leading. The theme of this service will be, “Relationships”.
The Diocese is planning a trip to Zambia next year. Preliminary details have been released and an initial response is needed by the end of January. If you would like to go, please see Richard Austin or Rod Corke for further details.
ACCESSION SERVICE 6.30pm 4th February. Choral Evensong will include thanksgiving for the 66 years of service given by Her Majesty to the country and the Church. We honour her for that dedication and this is a way of showing our appreciation. We are delighted that Revd. Dennis Cavaghan will be leading and preaching at the service.
Refreshments after the service.
All will be very welcome.
“I am able to release the dates when Rita and I will be leaving “St Mary Magdalene and moving to Great Malvern Priory. Our last Sunday here will be 27th May 2018. I will be collated as vicar of Great Malvern Priory on Sunday, 24th June 2018 at 6pm by Bishop John, the Diocesan Bishop of Worcester. Great Malvern is off Junction 7 of the M5 motorway and takes approximately one hour 50 minutes by car. The Priory will put on a buffet meal after the service. More details will follow, but if you’re able to come and support Rita and I, you would be most welcome. Until 27 May, life will continue as usual and I would be glad to support anybody pastorally to the best of my ability.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
“At its recent meeting, the PCC decided that during the interregnum, Valerie Gaskell, who will have finished her term as churchwarden, will become Pastoral Coordinator and take responsibility for the ministry rota. Nigel Birkett is stepping down as Treasurer and will be succeeded by Christopher Mainstone. Nigel has agreed to be Project Manager for the outstanding work we have to do, which includes enlarging the coffee shop.
Also at that meeting we PCC meeting, Nigel gave us some challenging news. Following an abseil survey, the resulting report has highlighted some serious problems with the tower. The remedial work that needs to be completed in the next five years will cost approximately £610,000. The church tower will need to be inspected yearly to check that it continues to be safe. Therefore, today, I am launching the Tower Appeal. Although it is hoped that grant giving bodies will contribute significantly, the church will have to raise funds. One of the ways we propose to do this, is to allocate the profit from our coffee shop to the appeal. We will need to think of creative ways of raising money too, and to this end, we are setting up a Tower Appeal Group. Nigel and I are looking for volunteers who will help get our appeal off the ground. Please see us if you can help.
This is not good news but we have, as a church, worked together very successfully in the past, and we are hopeful that what Simon Jenkins calls, in his seminal book, “England’s Thousand Best Churches”, “… the noblest parish church tower in England” will be restored to its former glory.
The PCC also passed the design suggested for a new cross above the pulpit. This will be made by a local blacksmith and will be paid for by a legacy. We are in the process of submitting a faculty application.
We are living in a time of change and we need to keep praying for all the ministry and mission that goes on here at St Mary Magdalene.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
You will be pleased to lean that the Faculty has been applied for which will allow the restoration of the organ. Michael Farley Organ Builders will undertake the work which will take many months.
We were fortunately left an electric organ by the late Mick Polley, who was a former church warden. This will tide us over until the work is complete.
The TV is now fixed to screen the peregrines and we are hopeful that they may begin to use their new nesting box. We have been most grateful to Coomber’s Alarms who have fitted the cameras and equipment at cost price. The set up is probably the most up-to-date and technically refined in the country. The cameras will broadcast the activity in 4k picture quality which means that we should be able to see these magnificent birds in full splendour.
In the children’s corner at 10am on:
- Wednesday 7th February – Have a go at crochet with Andrea
- Wednesday 7th March – Making Felt Easter eggs with Andrea.
Everyone Welcome! Stay for cake afterwards.
I am delighted to report that our Lay Minister/Reader, Ronnie King, has been asked to be Mayor’s Chaplain from April 2018. The new mayor will be Cllr Catherine Herbert and she and her husband live in our parish. Ronnie will accompany the mayor on some of her engagements and lead prayers at the council meetings. Please pray for Ronnie as he prepares to take on this important role.
Rod Corke, Vicar